Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
I am an Advisor and Special Populations Coordinator at a local community college in Northeast Texas and we are currently developing an iPad program for use with our students struggling with a variety of learning disabilities, most notably, dyslexia. I am seeking a few bits of information: (1) What apps are currently in place for both educators and students assisting with dyslexia/learning disabilities in the college level? (2) Any word on future app development in this area? (3) Any information regarding Apple's Volume Purchasing Plan...has your college/university used it? Is it working well? Any problems?
Any and all information will be helpful. I am new to this site, so if these topics have been discussed in earlier forums, please just provide the link and I will gladly go there! Thank you for your help!
@Tony Me too! We just purchased two iPad2s for our office (Academic Resource Center @ Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA). We anticipate using them on a check-out basis for students with disabilities, primarily LD, ADD, or ADHD. We have two because we are also using them for Geology field trips for a student who uses a wheelchair. While we are awaiting the arrival of the iPads, I am researching apps in the following categories: notetaking, notetaking w/ audio, organization, writing, reading, math/science, speech to text, and text to speech. Here is what I have thus far as definite purchases: Notetaking w/ audio --> SoundNotes or Auditorium Notes (will probably purchase both to see which we like best), Speech to Text --> Dragon Dictate, Text to Speech --> Speak It and PerfectReader.