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Melissa jones bromenshenkel associate professor dept of special education

Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel

Associate Professor

Dept. of Special Education

Eastern Illinois University

Presented by:

Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel

[email protected]

Associate Professor

Dept. of Special Education

Eastern Illinois University

There’s An App

(or Tool)

for That


Reasons ipads tools work

Reasons IPADs/Tools “Work”

  • Predictable

  • Consistent Pacing

  • Allow Control

  • Visualization of Tasks

  • Encourage Communication

  • Sensory Issues Addressed

  • Motivating

  • “Cool”/”Normal”

  • Allow Tracking


Some characteristics of a great app or tool

Some Characteristics of a GREAT App or Tool

  • Kid-first

  • Simplicity

  • Options

  • Customization

  • Flexible Content Management

  • Visually Appealing


Considerations

Considerations

  • Cost

  • Fragile

  • Must Teach Use

  • Practice

  • Realize technology is NOT magic

  • Individualize


To help our students with ebd

To Help Our Students with EBD

  • Social Skill Development

  • Executive Functioning

  • Behavior Management

  • Data Collection


Social skills

Social Skills

Set of skills people use to interact and communicate with one another


Melissa jones bromenshenkel associate professor dept of special education

Sōsh

  • For iphone

  • For teens, tweens, and young adults

  • 5Rs: Relate, Relax, Reason, Regulate, Recognize

  • Intended to be used in everyday interactions

  • $39.99 but Lite version is available as are individual components (e.g. The Shredder, Voice Meter, Relax) at a reduced cost

  • http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8B1243152EDDCD7C


Social navigator

Social Navigator

  • For iphone

  • Used as teaching tool or behavior management device; can capture data

  • Customizable for each situation by asking four simple questions and then tailoring strategies

  • Targeted for children and teens

  • $49.99

  • http://www.socialnavigatorapp.com/social_navigator.php


The social express

The Social Express

  • Software and ipad app

  • Designed for children and young adults

  • High quality animation

  • Teaching tool/printables accompany

  • Many settings/choice options

  • Based on work of Michelle Garcia Winner

  • $49.99 but free 10-day trial; Digital Problem Solver $.99

  • http://thesocialexpress.com/


Social quest

Social Quest

  • For ipad

  • Designed for tweens and teens

  • Uses Story-Based Intervention which is an EBP (National Autism Center, 2011)

  • Has receptive and expressive activities

  • Reinforcement through rewards

  • Keeps data for records

  • $21.99

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXKhWKIy3AE


Between the lines

Between the Lines

  • For iphone and ipad

  • All ages

  • 3 apps in the series: 1,2, advanced

    • Listening– match voice tone with facial expression

    • Body Language & Perspective Taking– what is he thinking

    • Expressions (slang and idioms)– what does it mean

  • $.99- $15.99 Lite versions available; full versions have many more tasks and can accommodate 75 users; have more reward games

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRy4QF1E1Y8


Quick cues

Quick Cues

  • For ipad and iphone

  • Social scripts (in mobile form) for teens and young adults

  • 5 Modules: Communication, Life Skills, Socialization, Coping, On the Job

  • Text-based—no “bells and whistles”/no visuals

  • $4.99 per module (only for purchase in-app)

  • http://www.fraser.org/Resources/Products/QuickCues.aspx

  • Script Lists-- http://www.fraser.org/Resources/Products/QuickCues/QuickCues-Script-Lists


Social skill builder

Social Skill Builder

  • For iphone and ipad

  • Wider age range (settings include: Preschool, Elementary, Middle/High School, and the Community

  • Uses video-modeling followed by questions

  • Addresses: friendship, understanding emotions, problem-solving, critical thinking, and perspective taking

  • $14.99 for complete version; lite version $2.99

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHtZwCZNZKc


My life skills box

My Life Skills Box

  • For iphone and ipad

  • Teaching app for task analysis

  • 3Environments: Everyday life skills, social skills, playing

  • Free

  • “Boring”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAJZwVrT0QM


Executive functioning

Executive Functioning

The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.


Nudge

Nudge

  • For Setting Reminders

  • Uses Pop-ups

  • Simple

  • Can send to email


Todoist

Todoist

  • App and computer based (11 platforms)

  • Task manager

  • Has filtering and color-coding

  • Can integrate with text


30 30

30/30

  • App and Timer Combined

  • Very visual

  • Gesture-based


Inclass

inClass

  • Combination of Reminders, Notes, Info Sharing

  • Notebooks that can be reorganized

  • Allows Audio, Typed, Video, Pictures

  • Free


Penultimate

Penultimate

  • Part of the Evernote family

  • Allows handwritten notes

  • Able to synch and search


Melissa jones bromenshenkel associate professor dept of special education

Combines note-taking and recording

Available as software and apps

Can use Powerpoint slides as background

Insert pictures, drawings, etc.

Highlight important information

$4.99


Mindmeister

Mindmeister

  • Brainstorming

  • Collaboration

  • Presentation

  • Paper planning and organizing

  • App and software (Apple or Google)

  • Variety of pricing plans

  • Very visual

  • Online templates


Tools 4 students tools 4 students 2

Tools 4 Students &Tools 4 Students 2

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Focused on Understanding what one reads

  • $.99 each


Behavior management

Behavior Management

Set of actions (or inactions) that can help enhance a person’s or group’s behavior


Iearnedthat

iEarnedThat

  • Allows a teacher to track multiple students

  • Goal-setting

  • Pictures are used as puzzle pieces

  • Children earn one at a time

  • $1.99


Timers

Timers

  • VisTimer $1.99

  • Time Timer $2.99-$4.99

  • Stoplight Clock $1.99

  • Kiddie Countdown Timer $. 99

  • Homework Stopwatch $.99

  • Sharing Timer $7.99


Ireward

iReward

  • Uses a token system to reinforce

  • Can be applied to multiple users

  • Includes first-then two step reward

  • Many customizable features

  • $4.99


Class dojo

Class Dojo

  • Can be used on computer, smart board, ipad, etc.

  • Whole Group Management/Rewards

  • Real-time Reinforcement

  • Customizable

  • Report Generation

  • Tons of “Extras”– certificates, images, etc.

  • Free


Data collection

Data Collection

The act of collecting and processing data for the purpose of objective decision making


Tx therapy tools

Tx (Therapy) Tools

  • Frequency Counter

  • Percentage Calculator

  • IEP Scheduler

  • Chronological Age Finder

  • Free


Behavior tracker pro

Behavior Tracker Pro

  • Data gathering tool– various techniques

  • Can graph (with phase lines

  • Allows Sharing

  • Video

  • Multiple Observers/Multiple Students

  • $29.99


Reference tools

Reference Tools

  • Ideas for dealing with different types of “problem” behavior

  • To-do’s and Don’ts

  • $1.99


Additional tools

Additional Tools?


Deciding on an app or tool

Deciding on an App (or Tool)


Melissa jones bromenshenkel associate professor dept of special education

Evaluating an App

(or Tool)


Melissa jones bromenshenkel associate professor dept of special education

Evaluating an App (or Tool)


Checklist for apps vincent

Checklist for Apps (Vincent)

  • Use of app is relevant to the purpose and student needs

  • Help or tutorial is available in the app

  • Content is appropriate for the student

  • Information is error-free, factual, and reliable

  • Content can be exported, copied, or printed

  • App’s settings and/or content can be customized

  • Customized content can be transferred to other devices

  • History is kept of student use of the app

  • Design of app is functional and visually stimulating

  • Student can exit app at any time without losing progress

  • Works with accessibility options like VoiceOver and Speak Selection


Checklist continued

Checklist Continued

  • App is free of charge or inexpensive

  • No in-app purchases are necessary for intended use of app

  • App loads quickly and does not crash

  • App contains no advertising

  • App has been updated in the last 6 months

  • App promotes creativity and imagination

  • App provides opportunities to use higher order thinking skills

  • App promotes collaboration and idea sharing

  • App provides useful feedback


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