While our team has not yet managed to convince the Admin team to buy iPads for all our students (and of course the teachers!) it is becoming apparent that there are LOTS of apps out there that can aid learning, support gains made and school, introduce new concepts and help children with everything from language and articulation to social thinking and academic understanding.

We thought that it might be helpful to create a page where we can upload links to apps that we think might be helpful since so many of you have iPads, touches or phones.  Perhaps if you use one you could review it for us so that other parents and teachers know whether it is worth buying or not.

I will try to sort the apps into categories as I go!

Dexteria: Tap it, Pinch it, Write it

Dexteria is an app that our Occupational Therapist consultant, Rowena Navarro, recommended for some of our students and I am glad that we purchased it. Students with fine motor challenges love it because it’s unique, interactive, and provides immediate feedback. My student who initially does not like to learn keyboarding skills uses this as a […]

An app called Scribblenauts Remix

  You might have heard of this app called Scribblenauts Remix.  The object of the game is for Maxwell to get a starlite.  To get a starlite he has to solve a problem.  This is where a child needs to be creative and to use literacy skills to read the problem and to type the […]

Does my child need occupational therapy?

I found this article recently that I find is very useful in answering a lot of initial questions parents/teachers might have regarding occupational therapy for a child. What do you look for when considering referring them for OT? What are typical fine/gross motor developmental benchmarks? Click on the link below to read an article that may be helpful […]

Number Pieces App

Here’s a new free app in Math developed by the Math Learning Center that matches our practice of emphasis on flexible thinking than on getting the answer correctly using only one method.  In this app the students can use the number pieces to show their answer.  They can join the pieces in groups of ten […]

Improve Working Memory for ADHD Children

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8949.html Improve working memory with these tips, organizing strategies, and routines designed to help your ADD/ADHD child or teen retain information! by ADDitude Editors Working memory is the ability to hold information in mind while performing complex tasks. A young child is able to execute simple tasks — sharpen his pencil when asked — while […]

Special Education Resources in International Schools

Here’s an interview with International Educational Consultant, Rebecca Grappo, M. Ed. that’s helpful for parents looking into special educational programs at international schools. Interview with Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed. An International Educational Consultant http://www.expats-moving-and-relocation-guide.com/special-educational-resources-in-international-schools.html

AMAZING list of social skills and language skills apps

One dedicated blogger took SIX MONTHS to put together this amazingly comprehensive list of apps for social thinking and language skills.  It is a downloadable PDF that unfortunately doesn’t link directly to iTunes but it is a great list!  Many thanks to the author.  

iPad, iMac, and technology in the LS classroom

I have joined the bandwagon, and bought an iPad to be used in my classroom. I have never regretted my decision. My students love practicing their Math facts using the Math Bingo game. They choose an avatar, difficulty level, and answer addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division Math facts. The object of Math Bingo is to […]

Wow…so many apps!

This website has THE most comprehensive, well-ordered list of education apps that we have ever seen!

Social Thinking-Social Learning Tree

Visit this amazing site for original post and more     Exploring Social Learning by Starting at our Roots By Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP Learning evolves. The brain’s capacity to acquire new knowledge helps determine how and what we intuitively learn. Some learning happens as a matter of cognitive, social, and emotional development, i.e., from […]

SuperDuper Apps

Hi – If you have an iphone, and ipad or an android phone you will see that there area  GREAT number of apps out there that can support children in all learning, from speech and language development, math and literacy right through to social learning.  Our favourite schools resource/publisher SuperDuper have launched a number of […]

What are the benefits of Educational Psychological testing?

In certain circumstances parents will be asked to arrange for a full Educational Psychological Assessment for their child.  The fundamental reason for this is to give the LS teachers a greater understanding of the root causes of a difficulty that a student is having in order to plan the best possible supports in the classroom. […]

Unpopular children: Why don’t they like me?

A new theory claims that being an unpopular child is a learning difficulty, just like dyslexia – and the good news is that it can be treated By Tanith Carey Tuesday, 15 February 2011   Forever alone: having good relationships with peers is essential to self-esteem and success. At the age of nine, Victoria is […]

More wonderful apps!

Our amazing IT Integrationist, Jen Smith attended a conference in Vietnam last week and brought back this list of wonderful apps for the iPad, iTouch and iPhone.  Need any better excuse to get yourself one? Go here for the link… https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ShikfLz4gjLHhBK0YT7nIY3EjEhdqSEp2mffnoI5JYg/edit?hl=en&pli=1#

ADD/ADHD Summer Camp Directory

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8412.html CANADA Camp Kirk Ontario, Canada Web: www.campkirk.com Toll-free: 866-982-3310 Camp Kirk offers a Canadian coed overnight camp experience for children ages 6-13 with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, incontinence, and/or bedwetting difficulties. Since 1993, Camp Kirk has provided a nurturing, noncompetitive environment. Allow your child to feel the magic of empowerment […]

Reading

i write words In easy or regular mode, trace numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters using numbered prompts. Word Magic With a picture shown and a letter missing in a word, select the correct choice for reinforcers and rewards. Other applications Math Magic Match Magic Count Magic Think BIG Math Series Dicatation Chickitionary Using the timed […]

Music

PreSchool Music Four musical activities that include colorful, interactive illustrations. Vocal Zoo Touch real animal photos to play animal sounds individually or in chorus. White Noise Provides ambient sounds from the environment (e.g.,waves on the beach) to help you relax or sleep. Bloom Create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simplytouching the screen.

Writing

ABC Animals Interactive animal flashcards with audio that provide theletter name, associated animal name, and the phonetics.     abc PocketPhonics Combines three apps in one with letter sounds, letterwriting practice, and 170 first words. Alphabet Animals All 26 letters in interactive flashcards that make soundsand animations when touched.     See, Read, SayIncludes all […]

Organisation and Behaviour Management

iReward With this motivation chart, choose the behavior, the reward from your camera or photos, and optional praise. iReward Chart With this motivation chart, assign tasks, track progress, and pay rewards for achievements. myHomework Keep track of homework, classes, tests, and projects with number reminders on the app icon. Time Timer One of the best […]

Communication

Pocket SLP Articulation With 400 images, practice phonemes in various positions of words or sentences, and save/email data. Sentence Builder With 100 pictures, it helps elementary aged children to build grammatically correct sentences. WhQuestions With built-in data tracking, there are over 300 “wh” questions for who, what, where, why, how.        

Educational Assistants – a good or a bad thing?

Educational Assistants are professionals who are hired to provide an extra tier of support to children within the academic setting and/or the social environment.  Due to the nature of our host country, the Philippines, we are very privileged to be able to hire extremely well-educated, experienced professionals who are fluent in English and knowledgeable about current […]

Transitioning to Middle School

Our Grade 4 students are beginning to start to think about their big move to Middle School. We are already starting to plan ahead to make sure that they have asuccessful and end to Elementary School and a wonderful beginning to Middle School.  Thank you to all the Grade 4 LS parents who attended our […]

What is Occupational Therapy?

Definition: Although it sounds like it should involve finding a job or developing work skills, Occupational Therapy actually deals with strengthening fine-motor skills like writing, cutting, shoe-tying and using utensils. For adults recovering from an accident or stroke, that may include work-related skills; for children, whose “occupation” is school and play, it will focus more sharply […]

Accommodations or Modifications?

What’s the Difference? Accommodations &  Modifications   Many times teachers use vocabulary in Planning meetings that often is misunderstood or interpreted differently. Two words I immediately think of are accommodations and modifications. Let’s clarify them below using Freedman’s definitions: Adaptations that provide access to the general curriculum but do not fundamentally alter the grade-level standards are […]

How our year begins…

We have a differnt start to the year to classroom teachers here within Learning Support.  Our main priority at the start of each school year is ensuring that our students have time and space to get used to their new classmates, their new teachers, environment and rules and routines.  For this reason we usually do […]