App Review: EDA Play Elis

I recently had the opportunity to try out the app EDA Play Elis .

The app was designed by Sugar and  Ketchup for children with low vision or blindness.  These are the the same developers that have created EDA Play, EDA Play Toby and EDA Play Pauli.

We specifically liked EDA Play Elis because it was one of the first apps created by this developer that offered mixed levels in visual skill and visual motor skills development.

The app offers visual content that is as simple as thevisual presentation of the single  Door the user opens between each seen that Elis travels through as she goes through her day.

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It gets as visually complex as presenting 6 single colored objects at one time

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The other part of this app that we really liked was that the app follows a sequential story in the same way EDA Play Pauli does.   It starts at the beginning of  Ellie’s day and follows her through several tasks including eat, taking a bath, etc.

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The visual motor tasks needed to access the app are as diverse the visual development skills.   The students with higher visual motor skills who are learning to visually target specific pictures and items or are working using their index finger benefit from these more challenging visual motor tasks within the app.  Students who are learning basic cause and effect skills benefit from the more simple visual motor and visual skill development features of this app.  Please see my demo of this app in the Youtube link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s64KHpwS0NI&feature=youtu.be

 

My Favorite Switch Apps for Students with Visual Impairments and Mobility Challenges

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired working with students ages 5-14 that are multiply impaired in a school with an adapted curriculum, I really appreciate the versatility that the Super Switch created by RJ Cooper brings to students.
The Super Switch can help students with limited motor abilities access literacy, math and social studapps to support State Common Core Curruclum Standards.
Over the last several months, I have been investigating my favorite apps for basic cause and effect and switch skill development that can be used with RJ Cooper’s Yellow Super Switch.
Below are a list of my favorite cause and effect apps  with links to where you can download them in either the Google Play or iOS App Store:
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Mobile Cell Phone App by Inclusive Technologies:
Available for Google Play and iOS App Store
The Mobile Cell Phone is appropriate for any student with a good amount of functional vision who has limited mobility.  I also like the app because it presents real life cause and effect social issues i.e. What DOES happen if it starts to pour down rain and I am at the park.  Who DO I call?  This app presents applicable way for special education teachers, resource room teachers or Teachers of the Visually Impaired to begin asking students (to whom this is question is appropriate)who they can contact when they face real life situations such as the girl in the app faces.
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Rad Sounds App by RJ Cooper
Available in iOS App Store
Rad sounds is another great app for student who little to no use of their functional vision or a student who is totally visual.  The app is accessible to any child with mobility issues or where switch use is appropriate. This is a great app for a child just learning to use a switch or for a child who is season and proficiant in their switch use.  I really like Rad Sounds because the app makes it possible for you to embed your own music into the program.  One thing I love to do is embed some of my student’s favorite music into the app music library so we can use their favorite music to motivate new switch skill development.
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Bumper Cars by Inclusive Technologies
Available on Google Play and iOS App Store
This app is appropriate for any child who has light perception only or has full use of their functional vision.  I really like to use two apps when using this app so my students in wheelchairs can benefit from the adaptive social opportunites with their peers who are also in the wheelchairs.  My students really like to see who can hit their switch 10 times and bump the other student’s bumper car 10 times to win.
It’s also a great app for the teachers I consult with who are using adaptive curriculm to teach basic math skills or rote counting.  To add a kinesthetic quality to my lessons with my students, I actually like to physically move their wheelchairs a lightly “nudge” the other student’s wheelchair after they hit their switch.  It just creates an active learning component to the lesson when that is appropriate.
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Big Trucks by InclusiveTLC
Available on Google Play and iOS App Store
This is one of my favorite apps for children with visual impairments that face mobility challenges.  Big Trucks is ideal for students with little to no vision since one of the app features is that offer several auditory cues and reinforcers for students who are not visual but learning cause and effect skills by hearing.
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Catch the Cow by Computer Trade Products
Catch the Cow is idea for a child with quite a bit functional vision that has higher level switch skills.  This app teacher students to learn how to activate an app with visual scanning. The teacher or therapist using this app can cusomtize settings for users depending on visual/motor processing times.

Kahoot! Quiz for iPad Accessibility

 

kahootI created a Kahoot! Quiz for some of my Low Vision Students in Middle School who are learning to use the iPad as a universal accessibility option for them.  Here is a demo of my daughter and I practicing using its capabilities:

You can watch the demo here:

and access this quiz for your own students here:

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/08d59353-9388-41a4-8b1b-22bed9543e65

P.S.  This Kahoot! Quiz was tested by students with low vision who needed slight magnification in order to access their iPads.  This sort of testing has not been tested for students who are blind or have light perception.  Although, I am interested to see how we can make this sort of testing accessible to students who are Blind in the future.

 

 

Online Formative and Summative Assessment Creators for Project Based Learning Project

 

The below online assessment tools were created in reference to this Project Based Learning Assignment:

Please review this lesson plan and then feel free to peruse these examples of online assessment tool creators.

screenshot-2017-01-20-at-5-12-13-pmFormative Assessment Using Kahoot to use during the Introduction for the above Project Based Lesson Plan linked above:

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/3b2f11e5-47f9-4082-a502-c9de36ec6461

Summative Assessment: A Rubric for the the Project Based Learning Lesson Plan Linked Above.  The Rubric below was created using: Rubistar

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Project Based Learning Lesson with Puppet Pals App

 

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Hello Everyone!

I am more then half way done with this Educational Technology Course.  Please take a moment to peruse the most recent project I had complete for this class, creating a Project Based Learning Lesson with the Puppet Pals App.  You can read find the link to the lesson plan and Project Based Learning Process https://docs.google.com/document/d/13WbmWp_s6_IdDeVAu28Vic5doKs7W5KdUXTV0UKp_bY/edit?usp=sharing and DEMO of this lesson plan and project here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals-hd/id342076546?mt=8

You can find the link to download the Puppet Pals HD App here:

 

 

 

 

Using Popplet and YouTube in a Lesson Plan

Hello Everyone!

I recently completed a literacy based rhyming lesson plan with a group of first grade students using YouTube and the Popplet Visual Organizer App.  You can find a basic write up of the lesson plan here 

A visual example of how we created our classroom Popplet for this activity can be found below:

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A video a demo of how students can use a Popplet to practice using pairing rhyming words

from this unit is found below:

Popplet YouTube Demo

Scrible Toolbar with ZoomText

While AT includes a set of federally mandated services and equipment for students with disabilities, the term also refers to valuable tools and strategies for including students with a wide range of learning styles in classroom activities. AT can be a triangular pencil grip, a talking calculator, a larger computer monitor, or a voice amplifier for a teacher with vocal cord strain. All these examples reflect the individual nature of assessing when and how a device will make teaching and learning more effective — as well as the benefits of many kinds of assistive technologies to people without disabilities.” (Wahl, 2003)

I am currently in an educational technology class through the University of Phoenix and found out about a few free web based assistive technology extensions that can be added to your browser for free to help our students with a wide variety of abilities.   This week I wanted two of my low visions students to experiment using Scrible when paired with low vision magnification software.  In this instance, my students were pairing Scrible with ZoomText in order access a research project on the Missouri State Fair for their social studies class.

How Scribble Works For the Typically Sighted Student:

Here is the webiste and video at the Scrible website to see how it works.

The Scribble Extension looks a bit like the photo presented below when the typical user or when a user with typical vision is using it within a website.  Users can take highlight parts of texts, make notes for key parts with a notepad feature.

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One of the best and most interactive  features about Scrible is that it lets students collaborate with teachers and their peers through “Share it” feature where they  can share their notes and key parts of their readings via Email, Twitter or Facebook.

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Scribble Toolbar with ZoomText Video. Please note the Magnification level on ZoomText can be increased to 12x not just 2.5x. If the video below does not load for you, you can find it on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/0lh5k8JdVkM

 

 

Wahl, L. (2003). Assistive Technology: Enhanced Learning for All. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from https://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-enhances-learning-all