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Check out the amazing new CLICKER BOOKS app!

Develop literacy skills and build confidence with Clicker Books – the book making app that includes extensive support for students of all abilities.  Students can use the child-friendly tools to add pictures, text and sound to create fantastic looking books.  Customizable reading and writing support, including speech feedback, word prediction and word banks,  is included to help children of all abilities achieve success.  Teachers can create books for their students to read, tailoring the content to their learning needs.

Available from the iTunes store for $30.99

 

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Voice Dream: Text-to-Speech App

This is an amazing text-to-speech app to support reading!

Voice-Dream-2ij75xfTechACCESS is pleased to have had a representative from Bookshare visit our Center to provide a full day training as part of our Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) District Training!

The Voice Dream app features 78 voices, great controls (including navigation), and universal access.  Best of all, this app allows you to read books from Bookshare!

Check it out: http://www.voicedream.com/

You can purchase this app for $9.99 in the iTunes Store.

AutisMate

Check out this amazing app!

AutisMate is an app that allows you to personalize visual scenes, visual stories, visual scheduling and video modeling.

Visit the AutisMate website at www.autismate.com.

App of the Month: September

Free APP of the Month

September’s App of the Month is Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Description form the App Store: Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.  Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.  Explain a math formula…Create an animated lesson…Add commentary to your photos…Didgram a sports play.  With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photos and text, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.

This is a FREE app!

App of the Month!

January 2013

Shakespeare in Bits

shakespeareinbitsThis exciting multimedia approach Shakespeare’s plays brings the most popular to life through animated re-enactment, full audio and unabridged text. Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and character relationships.
Titles currently available:
Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth
Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet
Shakespeare In Bits: Julius Caesar
$9.99-$14.99 and available in the iTunes Store.

Shakespeare in Bits screenshot:

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App of the Month!

Futaba Classroom Games for Kids

app logoFutaba Classroom Games is a multi-player game that allows up to 4 students to cooperatively learn using just one iPad. Each child takes a seat around the iPad and taps in to start. The game begins as images and questions zoom into the playing area. Learning sets are fully customizable and include lower-case and upper-case Alphabet Matching, Dolch Sight Words for 1st through 3rd grades, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Telling the Time, Currency, Countries and Flags, Shapes, Animals, Foods and more. $4.99 and available in the iTunes Store.

Futaba Classroom Games screenshot:

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App of the Month!

Motion Math: Wings

app logoThis app allows users to practice mental multiplying and estimation and develop a conceptual understanding using six different visual forms. It’s simple to play –you just tilt your bird (by tilting the iPad) to the bigger number. Motion Math: Wings shows multiplication in six different visual forms: rows of dots, clusters of dots, “groups of” dots, a grid, a labeled grid, and symbols. Seeing the many different forms helps learners master the concept of multiplication. Free and available in the iTunes Store.

Motion Math: Wings screenshot:

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App of the Month!

Story Patch

Story Patch logoThis app allows users to create their own picture books. It has hundreds of included images and the ability to import photos!  Story Patch allows photos from the iPad’s photo library to be imported and used as backdrops in a story.
After your student has created his or her story, they can share it with friends and family by emailing a PDF version of the story with just a tap of a button.
Story Patch also includes a set of story themes that struggling writers can use to create stories with support. After they select a theme, Story Patch asks a series of questions and then builds a story based on the user’s responses. Story Patch inserts all of the text, so your student simply has to illustrate each page of the story. Want to see Story Patch in action? Check out the demo at their website, www.storypatch.com $2.99 in the iTunes store.

Story Patch screenshot:

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App of the Month!

Write My Name

logo for Write My Name

Write My Name by Injini is a fun way for children to practice writing letters, words, names and phrases. This app allows users to learn how to write their name, trace uppercase and lowercase letters, and write over 100 familiar sight/Dolch words. Write My Name allows parents and teachers to create over 36 nametags, including pictures, to allow users to practice writing words that are especially meaningful for them. The app provides visual feedback (an arrow and stars) to show the correct starting point, direction and sequence for correct letter formation. If a child moves off the path, the letter formation is stopped and a visual showing the user where to continue is given.  Use a stylus to make this activity more meaningful.  Don’t have a stylus?  Make one yourself! Instructions available HERE. $3.99 in the iTunes store.

Write My Name screenshot:

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