Getting Started with Accessibility Apps on the iPad

As one-to-one technologies become more ubiquitous, teachers can begin using built-in accessibility features as well as innovative applications to help students learn. In this workshop, we will explore our iPads from initial set up into specific accessibility settings, as well as by downloading various apps that can help students with learning difficulties or special needs. With a clear focus on achievement, we will learn about opportunities the iPad can afford all of your students to become thoughtful, creative learners.

First, let's look at the criteria from "The Top 10 iPad Apps for Special Education" (2013) article to decide how we will set up our own inquiry.

Then, we are going to get an overview of the built-in accessibility tools on the iPad.

Now that we have a sense of the accessibility tools, let's look at some of the native apps built in to iOS.
  • Speech-to-text
    • Have them use it to read their own writing back to them (review of written expression)
    • Reading and research -- for comprehension
  • Siri
    • Voice dictation for transferring their writing from print to screen
    • Use with guided reading
  • Notes
    • Use the voice over to have them review their own notes, progress monitoring, record keeping
  • Photos/Movies
    • Take a picture of their notebook for the daily/weekly check
    • Take a picture of the agenda
  • Safari
    • Reader function -- use it especially for current events
  • Guided access
    • Limit them to one app

Finally, with some of our remaining time, we will explore some more apps that you can start downloading tomorrow: