Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SnapType app

One of our super-smart OTs sent this e-mail to the group today:



More app fun!




If anyone is in need of an app that allows students to type on class worksheets, you might want to check out SnapType (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snaptype-for-occupational/id866842989?mt=8).



You take a picture of the worksheet with your ipad, crop it as needed, & then have the student type on the worksheet right on the ipad. To print the student's work, just send a PDF copy to yourself via email (in the app).



I have found it particularly helpful for some of my students who have trouble with the larger laptop keyboard (a lot of the hunt & peck typers), & those who have trouble visually tracking when trying to type on a traditional computer/laptop.



It is free. If you want to save more than 3 files then you will need to pay $2.99 to upgrade.  


Thanks L.S.!

Heavy Work Activities

Just in time for summer programs--choose some good ones for your students and share with families:

http://mamaot.com/2015/04/07/40-heavy-work-activities-kids/#comment-830271

http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/chores-for-kids-developmental-skills/#_a5y_p=3697486

Friday, May 15, 2015

GoNoodle

Yesterday, a high school teacher for students with autism showed me this website: 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

She uses it with her students as a morning warm-up and also for transition times or when the students need an active diversion from the tension building up in the classroom.  This morning I shared it at my other high school and the teacher immediately presented a few of the videos to her students.

Here's a teacher testimonial from the site:

http://blog.gonoodle.com/2015/05/how-gonoodle-inspired-a-health-journey/

Since this is a report-writing, documentation type of afternoon I just may sneak off into someone's empty classroom/office and jump around with one of the dance videos myself...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

KidsDoodle

One of our OTs recommended an app that's for doodling but can also be used to keep students visually-engaged during handwriting practice/remediation:

I just wanted to let you know about a fun drawing app that I came across today.  It's called KidsDoodle.  It's free but if you want to get rid of the ads, you have to pay $0.99.  I used it with one of my students to practice forming letters and writing her name.  First we wrote the letters using the pencil tool (lots of multi-colored/neon options) and then we traced along each letter using the eraser tool.  The coolest part about this app, in my opinion, is that when you're done, you can watch a video that shows each letter/drawing/etc. being formed.  Great if you need to go back and look at it later! 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doodlejoy.studio.kidsdoojoy&hl=en

Some reviewers wrote that in the free version you may want to watch out for some of the ads...buyer beware!