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  1. Finding Apps Rose McKenzie Assistive Technology Jackson County ISD Jackson, MI November, 2013

  2. iPad Resources • http://ipadsandyou.pbworks.com • Rose’s spot for saving iPad info • Beginning users see: Getting Started

  3. Finding Apps Sites Apps • Smartappsforkids.com • Good free apps • Yappguru.com • Aimed at SLPs • But covers reading, writing + • Applesliced.com/apps • Appshopper.com • My first choice • KinderTown • Autism Apps • AppZapp • Apps Gone Free • Discovr Apps

  4. AppShopper • Sign up • http://appshopper.com/

  5. Finding Apps • AppShopper • www.appshopper.com • Includes News, Top 200 & Wish List • To make Wish List • Enter name of app in search bar • In list check “Want it!” box • Be sure to check desired Notification in My Profile • An email will notify you of wish list update or price drop

  6. Sign in here Search for apps here

  7. Be sure to consider which device format you need

  8. Check to add to wish list

  9. AppShopper • Method to my shopping madness • Put anything I hear is good in my wish/want list • Buy nothing unless it’s on sale • Wait for Free • Unless I REALLY want the app • And it has never been on sale or free before • Check its history in Appshopper • Then buy when the price drops

  10. App Friday It’s a website It’s an app Go to the Download Center to get the apps

  11. App Friday – Download Center Takes you to video about app Takes you to iTunes or App Store

  12. Starbucks • With the prices they charge you deserve something free • So pick up a card for a free song or app • No calories ;-)

  13. Four Methods for Finding Apps

  14. Finding Apps • The Friends approach • Like choosing good books • Word of mouth • Other teachers in your field

  15. One of MY friend’s site • http://ipadsinclass.weebly.com/index.html - by Macomb's AT Consultant, Sue Hardin • Educationally sound • Visually appealing

  16. Finding Apps • Guided by the stars • Ratings • at least 4 + stars • so many to choose from, why use less? • Use less than 4 star apps only for a narrow or specific need • When you can’t find any other apps

  17. Finding apps Guided by the Stars • Vs. 5 star app with 4-15 reviews 4 star app with 200+ reviews

  18. Finding apps on your own • Internet search for apps • Search ‘Best ___ apps’ • as in ‘Best web browser apps’ or ‘Best app for word prediction’ • Likely to find several best of articles • Keep in mind date of article • Look at app found on several lists

  19. Choosing apps using iTunes • On the computer in iTunes • Note last date app was updated, • Apps not kept up-to-date should not be a priority • Consider number of reviews for the app • 5 star app with only 4-15 reviews may not be as good as a 4 star app with 200+ reviews • Skim latest reviews looking for any problems with last update, then sort by critical reviews • Critical reviews can alert you to issues that may or may not be a concern for your student’s needs

  20. Choosing apps using App Store • On the iPad in the Apps Store enter the name or type of app in the search bar. • Use headings to filter search by device, price, category • Remember to search in more than education • Not my preferred way to search • Rating, Relevance, Popularity, Release date • In order of my preference

  21. Heard about an app but can’t find it in iTunes? Check the iPad/iPhone drop down Not all apps are available in both so try the other one Apps available in both are ‘Universal’ Less shows more shorten the name you searched

  22. Heard about an app but can’t find it in iTunes? Try searching online Google and other web search engines are generally more forgiving of inexact titles or wording Give you broader responses in their search

  23. Lists of Apps • Special Needs Apps for Kids: Find an App http://www.snapps4kids.com/find-an-app/ • Apps for Children with Special Needs http://a4cwsn.com/ • iPodsibilities - Adaptive Needs http://www.ipodsibilities.com/iPodsibilities/macATtac.html • Moms with Apps http://momswithapps.com/

  24. Lists of Apps • Mobile Learning for Special Needs http://mobilelearning4specialneeds.wikispaces.com/ • Autism Spectrum Directory iPads and apps http://blog.autismspectrumdirectory.com/category/ipad-and-iphone-apps-for-autism-spectrum-disorder/ • MITS Apps from their iEducate workshop series: http://mits.cenmi.org/Resources/ArchivedMaterialsResources.aspx • Look under ‘Presentations’