I was fortunate enough to watch a great webinar the other day about iOS apps that support students that are struggling with reading and writing. Many of the apps discussed were new to me which is always a plus.
Here is the link to all of the apps but for this post I want to focus on just a few.
For reading, the apps that were most intriguing to me were:
1. VBookz PDF Voice Reader reads pdf's that are downloaded on the iPad to the students as well as highlights the text as it's read. The author of the webinar stated the app costs $4.99 but it is FREE right now so you might want to check it out!
2. Text Grabber + Translator app is a little more complicated but it is worth mentioning. If you have an iPad 2 or higher you can take a picture of any text and the app will download the text and create a document of the text. Then use the speak selection function on the iOS device to read the text to the students. This is a new function on the iPad with iOS 6 that will read texts to the students. If you are interested in downloading the "How-To Guide" click on the picture below to link to my blog.
For writing and writing alternatives:
3. PaperPort Notes is a FREE app. Import pdf's to the iPads and allow students to insert their texts right on the form. If students struggle with writing, they can also dictate their work to answer the questions rather than having to write the text. Students can also use a stylus to actually write the text if needed.
4. Book Creator is probably one the best apps you can purchase to allow students to create their own books on the iPad. Students can use multimedia elements in their books such as sound, pictures, and video. Students can then share to iBooks that creates an ebook for students to read. It is a great book!
5. Story Creator is not on his list but it is one of my favorite apps. For one it is FREE and two it allows students to create stories with pictures, video and recording. Students can share their work via email which is in the new update.
What are some of your favorite apps to assist struggling learners?