TECH LINKS

Tech Links

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On this page, we want to share mobile instructional, organisational and assistive technology tools, and links to products or apps, that we think may be useful to a child seeking strategies to overcome barriers to learning. The list will never be exhaustive, but will grow all the time!

Reader for text to speech recognition anywhere, anytime

The KNFB Reader app is an essential tool for anyone with low vision, visual impairments, difficulty reading, reading disabilities such as dyslexia. Available on Apple or Android devices.

http://www.knfbreader.com/

Afrikaans Support

http://www.easyafrikaans.com/index.html

Easy Afrikaans contains free online Afrikaans language courses. The lessons have audio recorded by native Afrikaans speakers. Easy Afrikaans will help you to start to learn the Afrikaans language. It is aimed at beginner level language learners and anyone who plans to visit South Africa. Included are basic grammar lessons, simple words and phrases in the Afrikaans language as well as links to resources and further information about Afrikaans.

http://www.learneo.co.za/#wpcf7-f1537-o1

A further website offering online Afrikaans resources.

Parental Control

OurPact: Parental Control and Screen Time Management by ParentsWare

Organisation

EpicWin is an organisational or executive function tool that is great for keeping students on task, keeping them from procrastinating, and using gaming to incentivise their tasks. Homework, projects, and chores become a lot more fun with this gamified role-playing app.

The more of your everyday life tasks that you complete, the more your characters grow and develop within the game, leading to better scores and adventure. It’s a great work/life balance game that is fun for teachers, parents, and students.

Simply set up an avatar, enter tasks to complete, assign “epicness” or priority, finish the task, fight a battle, and earn rewards based on the task’s epicness.

My Homework

My Homework: an organisational tool for homework records and task planning

Notability

Notability: an integrated app that allows the learner to receive, store and annotate notes in a colour coded filing system. they can also add pictures and overlay voice recordings.

Notabiity

Free Technology For Teachers

http://www.freetech4teachers.com by Richard Byane.

Information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Typing Rocket

Typing Rocket is a sixty second game in which students make fireworks explode by typing the letters that appear on the rockets in the games.

In the sixty second span of the game students try to correctly type as many letters as they possibly can. The rockets speed up as the game progresses.

Typing Club

Typing Club offers free online touch typing lessons for students of all ages. Typing Club provides 100 free activities that begin with the basics and progress in difficulty.

Z-Type

Z-Type is a simple and fun typing game. To play Z-Type all that you have to do is go to the website and type the words that are falling from the top of the screen. When you have correctly typed a word a laser shoots it. The object is to shoot the words before they reach the bottom of the screen.

Dance Mat Typing

Dance Mat Typing is a nice little resource from the BBC. Young students (four to eight years old) can receive clear, informative typing instruction through Dance Mat Typing. There are four levels for students to work through. Within each level there are multiple lessons and practice activities. The very first lesson that students receive is placement of their hands on the keyboard. Each lesson and practice activity offers instant feedback in visual and audio form.

Power Typing

Power Typing hosts a small collection of five typing games that students can use to develop their typing skills.

Useful iPad Apps and online portals to support learning Mathematics

http://learn-timestables.com/tafels-oefenen

http://ca.mathletics.com/other-apps (downloadable on iPad or Windows devices)

https://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

For videos that teach and explain – senior grades: http://patrickjmt.com/

Motion Math’s visual, adaptive games. Based on growth mindset research, Motion Math builds math fluency, conceptual understanding, and a love of challenge. http://motionmathgames.com/

Maths Flash Cards (Free android app) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.november31.mathflashcards&hl=en

Children can build and improve essential math skills in: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, using free flashcards.

Sushi Monster

A game in which players must solve a series of addition and multiplication math problems. http://learningworksforkids.com/playbooks/sushi-monster/

Photomath

Is free on the App Store

For spelling practice

Spelling City: www.spellingcity.com

To drill sight words

Sight Words by Photo Touch by Innovative Investments Limitedhttps://appsto.re/us/AQshz.i

For handwriting practice

Handwriting Without Tears: http://wetdrytry.com

An all-time favourite app for practicing letter formation. It gives clear verbal instructions, models each stroke clearly, and provides both tracing and freehand practice. The oral feedback is both prompt and specific (e.g., “Don’t go outside the line!”). In addition, the app allows the child to sign in and practice letters while the app records progress and errors.

Letter Find: http://rubberchickenapps.com

Write-on Handwritingwww.writeonhandwriting.com

Text to speech and speech to text software

Dragon Naturally Speaking: http://nuance.com/dragon

ClaroRead: www.clarosoftware.com

WordQ and SpeakQ (iWordQ for ipads): http://www.goqsoftware.com

Study Skills

Quizlet: quizlet.com

Flashcards: www.flashcardapps.com

Inspiration Maps: www.inspiration.com

iStudiez: an iPad app that helps you arrange all your schedules and homework.

Using this app will enable you to :

  • Manage your schedules using a built-in planner
  • Organise your class types and extracurricular activities using different labels.
  • Keep track of your homework and assignments
  • Organise your tasks and assignments by date, course, or priority or sort them into pending or completed
  • Work collaboratively on your assignments by adding people from your contacts
  • Keep up-to-date with your due tasks and assignments through notifications sent regularly by iStudiez.

inClass : inClass  allows students to organise their school schedule by giving them the possibility to track their courses, tasks, and homework using a built-in notification system;  also ideal for taking all kind of notes (video notes, audio notes, and photo notes).

ClassOwl: iPad app for organising assignments, tests, and deadlines into simple to-do lists.

StudyBlue: improve learning through the use of flashcards, study guides, and quizzes.

My Homework Student Planner: track homework, tests and projects. It provides an in-built calendar and supports time, block and period-based schedules.

Explain Everything: a comprehensive app to navigate and prepare projects

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