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Technology Integration for Students with Dyslexia

 

 

SECTION TWO:  Technology Available for Mobile Devices

 

The following is not an exhaustive list nor is it a recommendation of any specific product.
It is intended to provide examples of instructional resources.

The price, capacity, and flexibility of handheld devices make them attractive complements to laptop and desktop computing for students with dyslexia. In addition, tablets and other touch devices make text more accessible. The following apps are a sampling of what is available for free or at a low cost; however, students must have access to a mobile device in order to use them:

 

Organizational Apps

 

Google Mobile icon
Search the web (using Google) with voice, access Google account.

 

iReward Chart icon
Keep up with homework, chores, and other tasks. Setup includes adding rewards and points.

 


Reading Apps

 

Blio icon
This app allows for the download of your favorite titles in the same layout, fonts, and full-color images found in the print version.

 

icon for Sound Literacy
This app is not a game. It is not programmed with an auto correct feature nor is it created to take the place of the teacher. Skills and concepts must be guided by the teacher.

 

FarFaria icon
This app offers free children’s books with read along support.

 

Fry Words icon
This app provides a list of the most common words used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling.

 

Kindle for the iPhone icon
Download and read Kindle books.

 

Read For Me icon
This app allows students to take a picture of the text to be read and the application will read aloud.

 

Read to Kids icon
This app allows for the creation of custom audio books.

 

StoryKit icon
Create a story with drawings, photos, and text entered through typing and voice recording.

 

Vocab Rootology icon
This is an interactive app teaching the most common word roots in the English language.

 

VoiceDream Reader icon
This app allows students complete control over how text is translated to speech.

 

Wikipanion icon
Access Wikipedia using a non-cluttered screen and have access to an online dictionary for any word in the article. Search Wikipedia using word prediction.

 


Writing Apps

 

Dragon Dictation icon
Dictate using the built-in microphone.

 

Dragon Search icon
Search the web with voice recognition capabilities.

 

MindMeister icon
Create mind maps (also called concept maps) and share on the web.

 

Notability icon
This app allows students to take notes during class while recording their lecture.

 

 

Teaching Apps

 

ABC Spelling Magic icon
This interactive app provides students with practice to hear the sounds of letters as well as build words.

 

ABC Spelling Magic 2 icon
This interactive app provides students the opportunity to practice spelling words with consonant blends.

 

ABC Spelling Magic 3 icon
This interactive app provides students with the opportunity to practice spelling words with two or more syllables.

 

ABC Spelling Magic 4 icon
This interactive app provides students with the opportunity to practice spelling words with the silent final "e."

 

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic icon
This app teaches young students early phonics.

 

ChemCrafter icon
This app promotes experimentation and the development of logical reasoning.

 

Cursive Writing icon
This app allows students to practice cursive writing after receiving explicit instruction.

 

Discovery Channel icon
This app allows students to watch short clips or full episodes.

 

Duolingo-Learn Language icon
This site offers students the option to choose and learn a foreign language in a game format.

 

FirstWords Deluxe icon
This interactive app provides students with spelling practice while working on listening skills and building their vocabulary.

 

Interactive Alphabet icon
This is an interactive app that allows students to hear words, letters, and phonics sounds while matching to letters. This app also teaches upper and lower case letters.

 

iSpy Phonics icon
This app provides a fun and highly interactive way to help students learn to recognize letters and their phonic sounds.

 

iWriteWords image of Giraffe and letter 'a' icon
Trace the formation of letters and numbers.

 

MindSnacks icon
This site offers a variety of games to teach vocabulary, grammar, concepts, and more.

 

ModMath icon
This app allows the student to type math problems rather than write them.

 

Nova Elements icon
This interactive app explores the periodic table and play games while learning about the elements.

 

Oresome Elements icon
This interactive game is for the secondary student learning about the elements and the periodic table.

 

Simplex Spelling with Reverse Phonics icon
This app is designed to improve spelling and reading skills beyond memorizing a word list for a weekly spelling test.

 

Sound Beginnings icon
This interactive app provides students with practice to build strong phonic skills.

 

Smithsonian Channel icon
This app allows students to view rotating selections of full episodes with quizzes.

 

WWF Together icon
This interactive app allows the student to get a closer look at elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species.

 

 

Classroom Uses of a Handheld Device, and/or Tablet

The following is not an exhaustive list nor is it a recommendation of any specific product.
It is intended to provide examples of instructional resources.

Handheld technology has the ability to offer quick access for students. This technology is usually readily available, mobile, flexible, and convenient. When budgetary constraints limit the purchase of permanent technology, mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, may be a more plausible purchase. The following are examples of classroom uses of mobile devices:

 

  • Language Development - Students use the voice recording feature to podcast their work. After reading a book, a student develops a book report that includes a brief summary of his or her story and then records the report using a handheld device. The teacher posts the podcast to the class website where it can be accessed from home or the classroom.
  • Lesson Review - Students use the video feature to capture lesson examples in the form of short video clips. The students then review the lessons at a later date and share ideas with each other.
  • Organizational Skills - Students organize their daily class work and homework assignments using the calendar application.
  • Reading Fluency - Using the voice recording feature, students record themselves reading to improve their accuracy, rate, and prosody. Students then listen to each other’s recordings and follow along with the books.
  • Reminders Feature - Students set appointments and are sent reminders based on the time of day or their location as indicated by the Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • Video Conferencing - Students use "Facetime" or other video conferencing software that works with Wi-Fi to collaborate on homework assignments.

 

Additional Sources for Educational Apps
The following websites provide collections of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of students with dyslexia, and education professionals.
Dyslexia Help Success Starts Here: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/tools/apps

 

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