Posts Tagged ‘apps’

Freedom: A Productivity App

A student seated at a desk, using a smartphone. In the foreground is a laptop and a stack of books

When you’re working from a PC, it’s not always easy to stay on task. Social media, video games, and other distractions are just a click away, so if you’re someone who is already prone to distraction, being your most productive self-online might require some extra tools. Task management apps like Todoist or Microsoft To Do are great for keeping users on-task and focused (and come highly recommended for anyone who struggles with attention-based challenges), but the app that we are looking at today takes a different approach to productivity.

Popplet – A Mind Mapping Tool

Words like "home", "school", "study", "play" mapped out. A child is looking at these words.

Mind mapping is a concept that’s been around in some form or another for decades, but recent innovations in technology have made this concept especially accessible. iPads, for example (as well as other types of tablets), are perfect for creating mind/concept maps, as users can pinch and zoom and move concepts and images around with their fingers or styluses. These apps are especially helpful for visual learners or for anyone who might benefit from a visual approach to planning/organizing ideas.

Vico SmartBoard

A teacher sketching a process for wind energy generation, with a group of students seated and watching

Remote technology has been growing at an unprecedented pace. Internet speeds have gotten faster, hardware has gotten cheaper, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic has cemented the need for workable “remote access” technology. We’ve mentioned in previous articles that tutoring might be difficult to acquire, expensive, and potentially against current COVID-19 protocols, but what if there was a way to access remote tutoring?

Google Classroom

Student wearing blue headphones while using a laptop

Digital classroom-management apps have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and even more so during the recent covid-19 pandemic. These apps allow teachers or parents to easily create and manage classroom content such as tests, quizzes, assignments etc. There are lots of classroom management apps available to choose from right now, but today we are going to take a quick look at Google’s classroom app, Google Classroom.

Egenda: A Virtual Agenda App

A person using a smartphone with one hand while typing on a laptop with the other

Paper agendas are a great way to stay organized, but for a lot of students, working with paper is not always ideal. App-based agendas are much more accessible, and they give students with learning disabilities the ability to take advantage of built in features such as speech-to-text, text-to-speech, etc. And, going virtual over paper means that users don’t have to worry about remembering to bring their agenda, so as long as the student has a smart phone, they’ll have everything they need to stay organized and on top of their assignments.

I Can Communicate!

A woman holding up two signs, one with a happy emoji and one with a sad emoji. A child points at the happy face

Today, we’re going talk about an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) app for Android, but first, let’s talk a bit about AAC, because it’s not the most commonly used piece of assistive technology out there, and there’s lots of people who have never seen these devices before. AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and it refers to any communication device, system, strategies, or tools that replace or support speech. AAC can support a range of speech disorders that could be related to an acquired disorder, developmental disabilities, or a wide range of other speech impediments.

myHomework

a student writing notes, with a laptop in front of him

For many students, properly planning, organizing, and completing their homework is one of the bigger obstacles they’ll face in school. This is especially true for students who struggle with attention-based challenges such as ADHD or other executive functioning disorders. Of course, every student is typically given a paper agenda/calendar at the beginning of the school year, but what if the student struggles with print-based disabilities, or they simply lose or don’t use their paper agenda? As we’ll see from the app that we are going to be looking at today, there are many advantages to planning digitally, and these advantages extend to all users regardless of their learning ability.

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