(Nov. 9 – Nov. 15): Mobile Devices and AT Apps
Gain an understanding of
- Benefits of using mobile devices for teaching students with disabilities
- AT mobile device applications
Things To Do
- Read: Three short Webpage articles
The short webpage articles describe why mobile devices, especially iPads, have been very popular in SPED settings and what their potential benefits are for supporting students with disabilities.
- iPads become learning tools for students with disabilities
- 10 Ways iPads teach kids with learning disabilities
- 4 Ways iPads are changing lives of people with disabilities
- Read: Two Articles
These papers describe how iPads can be used as AT to support students with disabilities. Also they provide information on iPad’s accessibility features, a list of applications that can be used as AT, and a list of websites you can search for more applications.
- Use of iPads as AT: This paper hasn’t been published yet, so please do not distribute this paper, please use it only for your learning. Thanks!
- Using the iPad as Assistive Technology
3. Watch Video: How Blind People use Twitter & YouTube on the iPhone 4
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, demonstrates how people who are visually impaired use the iPhone 4S. He shows us how the Accessibility setting on the phone allows him to use the Twitter and YouTube applications.
4. Explore: Accessibility features and AT apps
- Visit the Apple accessibility feature website for more information and watch the iPad accessibility option video. Then if you have an iPad, explore the accessibility features on your iPad.
- We explored some AT apps in our f2f session. Here is the list. Take some time to explore more apps. Try out to find/explore more apps for your students using the app search websites (from your readings).
Assignments & Important Dates
|Complete Question #2 in the Weekly Reflection #3 (based on this week’s assignments)
Keep working on your final project. Do not start it at the last minute!
There is no assignment due this week.
The Weekly Reflection #3 paper is due on Dec. 6 (Sun).