iPad & Android apps for Autisitc Children

I came across this from watching 60 minutes last night and there may well be others intersted in it.  The full story can be found here.

Imagine not being able to communicate with your own child, never knowing what they're thinking or how they feel.

That's what life's like every day for the parents of severely autistic children. And it's just as distressing for the kids who have no way of expressing themselves and often lash out in frustration.

But finally, there's a way. Just as computer apps have revolutionised our lives, they're also changing how autistic children interact with their world.

Now they're truly connecting with their mums and dads for the first time.

And if you think that's remarkable, consider this: world first technology has made it possible for doctors to see how autism affects the brain, providing hope that we'll one day find a cure to this most mysterious of conditions.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps:

iPad/iPhone

Spectronics

Proloquo2Go

Android

Speak for Yourself

Tobii Sono Flex

AAC apps to start on

Gabby Tabs

Simplified Touch

Educational Apps:

The iMums

Smart App for Kids

Apps for Home Schooling

Appy Store

5 Apps Your Students Are Using When You’re Not Looking

This is a great excerpt by Susan Davis @ gettingsmart.com about apps that students are using to learn.

So, Dick (now he prefers to be called Rich) and Jane are upstairs in their bedrooms, supposedly doing their homework. But you suspect they are doing what they usually do, chatting in Facebook, browsing friends’ Tumblr posts, or looking for funny cat videos on Youtube. Think again.

Students these days are discovering their own applications and tools to enhance their learning online. I’ve learned about some of these tools from my students themselves, as well as through the teenager grapevine. Not only do these applications reveal to us that students are discovering ways to use social media and web tools for more than entertainment, but they tell us something about our kids’ needs in an online environment.

App #1: Anti-Social

A senior at my husband’s school recommends this tool for anyone who has serious work to do and needs to avoid getting sucked into conversations on social media. Basically, for $15 (a free trial is available), you can set a timer and Anti-Social locks you out of Twitter, Facebook, and other distractions you may select. The only way you can get back into these sites is to reboot your computer, and by then you have time to talk yourself out of checking your Google+, and back into doing your U.S. History homework. A similar site for both Mac and PC users is Freedom ($10).

Click here for the entire article

Teaching Appz: Apps for Teaching & Learning

Mark Warner, the brains behind a number of excellent educational web sites such as teachingideas.co.uk has just recently finished constructing TeachingAppz to meet the growing demand of mobile computing in education.

Teaching Appz makes it really easy to find apps for your Apple or Android device by subject area, age range or device. 

Best of all each review has a few ideas of how you can use this in the classroom and has a special section for teacher only apps.

TeachingAppz is a great spot to check out if you are a student, teacher or parent and will definitely help you find something a little more engaging than angry birds to use on your phone or tablet.

3 Great Android Apps for Teachers

Earlier in the week we looked at three apps for the iPad for busy teachers so we thought it only fair that the largest mobile platform get their dues to.  So here are three Android apps that will make your teaching job a little easier and more efficient.

DataViz  - Documents to Go

Now you can get your work done no matter where you are by using Documents To Go to view, edit and create  Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as view Adobe PDF files on your Android-powered device. And since it is full featured yet easy to use, Documents To Go is one mobile office suite that makes good sense for teachers.  Take a look at it here.

Dropbox for Android

This one is an absolute no-brainer for anyone that uses a computer or mobile device of any type.  Synchronise and access any of your files and documents anywhere anytime.  Never use a USB Key again.  Oh yeah and it's free too.  Access Dropbox Here

Evernote for Android

Evernote has really changed it's mobile use dramatically over the last few years to switch to a true mobile app.  Evernote is a great tool for taking notes, photos, etc. in meetings conferences and now the option is available to share them with teachers and students with ease. Access Evernote here.

Top 5 Android Apps for Busy Teachers

Android Phones are now the world’s biggest mobile computing platform and surprisingly dominate the mobile market in comparison to Apple’s iPhone. We have covered many useful apps for teachers in the iPhone here at Edgalaxy and thought it was time to turn our focus to some of the better apps for teachers on the android platform. So here are a few apps of note for busy teachers.

Class Droid


Put very simply Class Droid is your one stop shop for recording, grading and assigning work to students. You can instantly upload information to a student’s portfolio for parents and students to access and judge how they are performing to identify areas of of achievement and need.

 

 

 

 

Document Scanner

 

If you need a document in a pinch, or you just don’t feel like taking it to have it scanned or faxed, you can use this app to do it on your phone. You can scan any number of pages and convert them into a single .pdf file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropbox for Android

 

If you don’t use Dropbox then you are missing out on the greatest cloud computing technology ever created. Access your files, anytime anywhere, leave your laptop at home and never create a duplicate of the same document. We all know this of course but now it is fully integrated with Android and lets you edit documents on your phone too. Upload and download videos and share documents with your peers.

 

 

 

 

Grades Student Organizer

Keep track of your classes, school assignments, homework, and exams with ease using the Grades: Student Organizer from Android Infinity Software. Watch your attendance, manage your time semester by semester or day by day, keep a record of your test scores and monitor your GPA using different grading styles and grade scales for each course to match the standards for every teacher and professor. Store professor and teacher contact information and email them from within this intuitive, well-organized app. A multiple-view calendar shows your daily schedule, weekly plans, attendance tracking, a general schedule,

Bluewave Air Mouse.

 

This is great for your interactive whiteboard. Instantly transform your android phone into a wireless keyboard/trackpad.

BlueWave transforms your android phone into an air mouse, wireless keyboard and game controller for PC without any extra hardware investment.

Now you can access your computer anywhere, anytime, in any pose.

You need to install BlueWave server on your PC first. Please go to

Kevin Cummins

ICT Consultant with over 60 schools in Victoria Australia. Google Certified Teacher, Masters of I.T Education and above all else husband and dad.

Android for Academics

We often overlook the Google Android platform here at Edgalaxy in favour of the iPhone even though it has over 15 million users around the world.  Andrew Cullison the founder of Android for Academics shot me an email to tell me about his great list of apps he and others have specifically made for teachers and students on the Android including

Grade Book for Professors (with Google Docs Sync)

Direct Market Link

Edit your grade book directly from your phone!

  • No need to sync two separate grade books! Use one primary grade that is stored in the cloud on Google Spreadsheets.
  • Email a student their grades with the click of a button!
  • Pin-number to protect your grade books in case your phone is lost.
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

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Attendance (with Google Docs Sync)

Direct Market Link

A simple and efficient way to take attendance with your Android device! All attendance results are saved to a Google Spreadsheet.

  • No need to enter student names into phone. Just get the student names into a Google Spreadsheet and the app handles the rest.
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

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Grade Ticker

Direct Market Link

Simple tool to help professors and teachers make grade tallying more efficient

  • Integrates with Gradebook for Professors for easy grade entry
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

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Grade Rubric

Direct Market Link

Simple tool grading tool for professors and teachers who use a grading rubric for assignments. Option to auto-generate an email with detailed grade report for student.

  • Custom rubric labels.
  • Choose letter rubrics and numbers rubrics
  • Integrates with Gradebook for Professors for easy grade entry
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

Check it out here and be sure to let us know if you know of any other great Android Apps



Android for Academics

We often overlook the Google Android platform here at Edgalaxy in favour of the iPhone even though it has over 15 million users around the world.  Andrew Cullison the founder of Android for Academics shot me an email to tell me about his great list of apps he and others have specifically made for teachers and students on the Android including

Grade Book for Professors (with Google Docs Sync)

Direct Market Link

Edit your grade book directly from your phone!

  • No need to sync two separate grade books! Use one primary grade that is stored in the cloud on Google Spreadsheets.
  • Email a student their grades with the click of a button!
  • Pin-number to protect your grade books in case your phone is lost.
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

___________________________________________________

Attendance (with Google Docs Sync)

Direct Market Link

A simple and efficient way to take attendance with your Android device! All attendance results are saved to a Google Spreadsheet.

  • No need to enter student names into phone. Just get the student names into a Google Spreadsheet and the app handles the rest.
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

___________________________________________________

Grade Ticker

Direct Market Link

Simple tool to help professors and teachers make grade tallying more efficient

  • Integrates with Gradebook for Professors for easy grade entry
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

___________________________________________________

Grade Rubric

Direct Market Link

Simple tool grading tool for professors and teachers who use a grading rubric for assignments. Option to auto-generate an email with detailed grade report for student.

  • Custom rubric labels.
  • Choose letter rubrics and numbers rubrics
  • Integrates with Gradebook for Professors for easy grade entry
  • Direct Market Linknote this link only works when browsing from an Android Phone

Check it out here and be sure to let us know if you know of any other great Android Apps

The Ultimate Application Search Engine

Ever wanted to find an application to solve a problem for you and could not be bothered trawling through the ver confusing iTunes or Android Marketplace.  MimVi is a purpose built application search engine designed to help you find the right tool for the Job.  It has Apple, Android, Blackberry and Web Apps and is a great little tool to remember.  See it here.