ChoiceWorks by BeeVisual http://www.beevisual.com/
I love this app! I have patients pick out photographs either from a file of their own photos or from Google image searches. We save the photos on our iPad and then write sentences to go with our photos. Kids can then record their sentence, either verbally or using their AAC device. This is a GREATLY motivating activity for most children as we choose their most favorite topics. So far this year we've written about Disney, princesses, snacks, sports, Halloween, and travel destinations. When we are done, we can email our books to our personal iPads or to our family's iPad to share at home. Excellent app!
is a great little app to allow you to add symbols to text. This has been a handy tool for helping students understand text. We've used it to "translate" class notes into understandable visual images for social studies and science. The app has an extensive library of symbols and if you can't find the symbol you need, it has an internet image search embedded into the program.
Of course I love the News-2-You app. This app lets us access all levels of the picture enhanced newspaper, listen to the pages read aloud (with highlighting), and use the interactive game pages. The app requires a News-2-You subscription, which you should have ANYWAY, since it is a curriculum of materials for your students. I have used News-2-You for speech language therapy for most of my career. It's worth every penny!
is a great app for targeting articulation practice for children who need clear, simple images. I love that this app uses Symbolstix, a symbol set many of my students are already familiar with. The app includes flashcards and a simple memory game. It is SIMPLE with clear, easy to see images. I find it works very well with my students who can't handle complex images and lots of distractable clickables. This is easy, lets you collect data and record student attempts at production. Perfect for my special needs students.
As long as we are on the subject of teaching articulation, this is a wonderful, motivating app that helps patients practice very early developing sounds and sound combinations. All basic sounds are targeted in isolation or a consonant-vowel or vowel-consonant format. Pick a sound and placement and then let your kids pick a character to make the sound. The students imitate the sound and you select either a correct/incorrect placement and the counting gauge moves up. Once the child has practiced 5 times they get to choose a reinforcer which makes all the characters disappear. Characters are pushed off screen by a bulldozer, taken away in a bus or train, eaten by a shark, blown up by a bomb and more. Well worth the wait for 5 practice trials!
is a great little app that teaches multiple step directions in the context of a chemistry, language or math class. Directions include real classroom actions such as "underline," "highlight," "add to," "shake," "cross off" and "touch." The app is engaging and the reward is a simple and fun little "pong" game that my kids love. Very well done and useful app!
is a fun little cause/effect and counting app by one of the BEST app developers. 10 engaging songs let kids simply touch the screen to advance the song and count the characters. I use this app to let kids experience cause/effect through touch screen OR switch access. I post this as an example of one of the amazing apps available from HelpKidzLearn. If you have students who are at an emerging level of interaction and participation, are switch users or have visual impairments, these apps are perfect. Check out ChooseItMaker3 while you are at it, for creating your own visually clear, easy to access activities for your emerging communicators.
PHEW! It's hard to stop here! There are so many wonderful, effective apps out there. Don't forget these are apps for you to use WITH your students. Don't just hand over the iPad, even with these apps. Jump right in there and have fun with your kids!