New technology can be extremely helpful to students with learning differences. From speech to text programs, to new apps. Here is a list of of new technology that I’ve found that can be extremely helpful to students with language based disabilities. (Click on the box and it will take you to a link where you can download the app.)
Technology & Apps
- ModMath is a new app created specifically for students with dysgraphia and dyslexia. Often times, the physical act of writing out math problems is extremely laborious for these students. ModMath provides students with a virtual piece of graph paper where they can set up math problems in a legible format. Students can do basic math problem solving such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and even fractions and equations. Once completed, students can print out the work pages to turn them in at school, or email them directly to their teacher. You can download this free Ipad app by following the link.
- SplashMath is a collection of fun interactive Math games. They have an app for each grade. level.
- A Math Regrouping App is an app that enables students to practice regrouping 2 and 3 digit numbers in a fun, motivating way.
- ER Browser - $0.99: Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires iOS 7.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. This app is a web browser that allows the user to change the style of web pages to make them easier to read. The user can change the background color, fonts, text size, and more.
- vBookz PDF Voice Reader-$4.99: With vBookz, open any PDF from your email, Dropbox, Safari, Google Drive or iTunes, and the app will read it aloud. The app converts all text (in 16 languages) into a special font called Dyslexie, specifically designed to make the reading process easier for people with dyslexia.
- Kidspiration Maps Lite - Free: Kidspiration Maps helps young readers and writers in grades K-5 learn to organize and classify information, gain sight word knowledge and expand their ideas into written and verbal expression. Tap to transform visual diagrams into text - perfect for pre-writing. Use Kidspiration Maps to: - Support reading comprehension - Organize thoughts and topics for writing - Develop vocabulary - Sort and classify information - Organize projects - Engage students with built-in activities in reading, writing, social studies, science and math
- Phonics Genius: Another fantastic (and free) app for phonics and working with word patterns is Phonics Genius. Teachers may choose from a pre-loaded library of hundreds of word patterns or create a customized list of words for students. Students enter customized lists of the specific high-frequency words they needed to work on, and they recorded their own voices reading the words. Then, when they practice these flash cards, they press the sound button to see if they read the word correctly, and it reads the word to them in their own voice.
- One Minute Reader: Reading is important for students’ success.Reading is a fundamental skill, one which adults sometimes take for granted. But many students have trouble learning to read. As they struggle to master this skill, they often find other subjects difficult too, and their self-esteem may suffer. Becoming able readers is crucial to students' success in school and in life.