He divided the apps into categories such as: solo apps for academic skills, group/classroom counseling apps, individual counseling apps, special education apps and apps for parents.
Many of you may already be familiar with a lot of these apps. There were quite a few I had heard of but a number I had not. This is just a sample of some of the great apps he shared with us.
Flashcards+ is a great way to create and review your own flashcards or choose from millions of existing flashcard decks. App includes pronunciation help, shuffle feature, marking cards as learned, toggle between showing the term and definition.
iTooch Elementary School Math/Language Arts and Science is based on the US National Common Core and has more than 18,000 exercises. It is a fun way for students in grades 1-5 to practice and learn math, language arts, and science.
Group or Classroom Counseling Apps
Professor Garfield Cyberbullying Professor Garfield helps Nermal get to the bottom of a cyber attack. Students are asked to apply their knowledge to prevent becoming a victim of cyberbullying. Students will understand the meaning of cyberbullying, reconize its different forms, learn strategies for handing cyberbullying, and the importance in getting the help of a trusted adult.
Individual Counseling Apps
Feel Electric builds emotional awareness and encourages self expression. It introduces 50 emotion words and definitions, features three fast-paced vocabulary based games, includes a digital diary to record daily moods and a "zany" story maker.
This bilingual app teaches children the breathe, think, do strategy for problem solving. Tap the monster to help him take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out.
Fluid Monkey Responsive pools of liquid such as ink in water, thick paint, gelatin, oil paint, wet mud and bowls of paint are good for one on one de-escalation and relaxation.
120+Mental Disorders This app describes disorders and allows you to search specific disorders. It's like a mini DSM for your pocket. Provides alphabetical listing of understanding for over 120 disorders. Short articles provide a brief introduction, discuss symptoms, diagnosing, and common and alternative treatments. The user is able to search by disorder, email information to others regarding certain disorders, post to Facebook, or mark articles as favorites. The disclaimer states this app is for information and educational purposes only.
World Lens gives translations on the go. This app uses your built in video camera in real time to translate any sign in one of six languages into your own language. No network is required, it gives results immediately anytime, anywhere. Translations are not perfect but you get the general meaning. Does not recognize handwriting or stylized fonts.
SeeTouchLearn A picture card system for learning new words and concepts and fostering self expression. This app combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the interactivity of the iPad. Custom lessons may be created using this starter library . Fifty additional libraries with over 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises are available for purchase from $ .99 for individual libraries up to $34.99 for the entire library.
Autism Emotion Music and a photo story slideshow are narrated to help teach about different emotions (happy, sad, proud, calm). May advance manually or set for automatic.
Moody Jigsaws for Kids Lite Students learn about four different emotions by putting puzzles together of various feelings. A memory game is also included. Children earn stickers every time they complete a puzzle. The full version including i additional emotions is $.99.
Verbal Me Free (also available in Spanish) This might be a good one for some of the selective mutes we work with. Nonverbal students can tap a button and the iPad will speak the text aloud in the voice of a girl or a boy. This free version includes 14 screen choices including: yes-no, A-B-C, 1-2-3-4-5, happy-mad-sad, day-night, bullying, weather, colors, fruits, letter sounds and an on screen keyboard that allows students to type their thoughts and the iPad reads their words aloud.
Emopedia This app reads like an encyclopedia, covering 62 different emotions. Each emotion is depicted with faces with a slider underneath to change the face from the minimum to the maximum feeling of a particular emotion. This app includes images, facts, professional actor,s and an original soundtrack to help you find everything you need to understand and experience even the most subtle shades of mood and feeling. Includes the purpose of a particular emotion, why people experience it, recognizing it, and learning to control feelings.
This app is not appropriate to give a child to sit down and do alone, parental support and supervision are needed. Topics covered include deployment, homecoming, injuries, grief, and self-expression.
I know this is a long post, but there were so many great apps to share and I know there are hundreds more out there and more being developed every day! Do you have apps not mentioned here that you use on a regular basis? I would love to hear about them and add them to my growing app library. Please feel free to share your favorites!