This is supporting information for the recent webinar on “Assistive Technology and The Dyslexic learner” done with the British Dyslexia Association about helping parents use Assistive Technology in the home and at school. 2,000 people signed up for the webinar and we had over 1,000 people on the call – Amazing! I featured this event on my weekly Podcast listen to it here:-
Below is a resource bank to find useful apps and websites that can help you during this time of lockdown. I have also included a teaching plan for those home schooling who would like some fresh ideas to use. Just keep scrolling!
Here is a list of apps you might find helpful with the links to finding them and how much they cost:-
Apps for Dyslexia
Clicker – free access to parents at home during Coronavirus
AppWriter – (£free 30 day trial) – suite of tools from text to speech to speech recognition and word prediction. Works on all platforms.
Lightkey (£free – basic but check that you can still use it after 30 days!)
ReadWrite - £27.99 - customisable fonts, backgrounds, word prediction, dictionary
Claro ScanPen £9.99 (iOS and Android) - reads text taken by inbuilt camera
Claro Speak Plus -£9.99 (iOS and Android)– word prediction, OCR and text to speech
One Note – £free - part of Office 365
Popplet Lite – £free simple mind mapping
Memorama (free) – pairs game to encourage matching and visual memory
My Own Puzzle(free) – create a jigsaw for up to 12 pieces using your photos
Magic Puzzle (free) – up to 600 piece puzzle !!
Jigidi (free) play and make puzzles with other people as well onlne
Cut the Rope (£free) – physics type game encouraging problem solving
Gears logic puzzles (£Free- iOS and Android) – hours of fun making the cog wheels turn – another physics problem solving game!
Flow Free (£free – iOs & Android) – mathmatical problem solving and highly addictive make the colours connect around the screen.
Sensory Integration – Reaction time
Tap the Frog(free) – progressive game of reaction and eye hand co-ordination skills
Laybrinth2HD(£7.99) – rolling ball bearing using accelerometer
Google Keep ( free) keep notes, lists in a coloured tile
Visual Schedule Planner ( £14.99) use photos to plan your timetable
Timetable 2 weeks(free) plan a schools 2 week timetable
Paper (free -with in app purchases) draw and paint with colour wash
Brushes Redux (free) – app used by David Hockney
Colorfy (free -with in app purchases) for those who like adult colouring in
Air Harp £0.99) play notes under the strings of a harp
Figure (free) create rap and hip hop beats – everything sounds good on this creative tol
Book Creator One (free) only one book though
Puppet Pals HD (free) – make up social stories – good for dialogue and creativity
Puppet Pals 2 (£free) – create stories using historical characters as well as yourself.
Teaching Plans for 12 weeks session
|Guess the animal||Recognise different animals by sharing drawings|
|Bike Ride||Follow photos and videos about journeys and choices|
|Maths||Aerobics was a hit. Look at part and whole. Found part and whole in Oak Academy content|
|Science (& Music)||Guess the material game https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6kdwty|
Looking at materials and the natural world under a visualiser.
Songtime : “Let it Go” mime to the song as well as sing it. “ I want to be like you.” (Jungle Book) Have some instruments to demonstrate sounds – name game.
|English – story writing||Kims Game – 10 objects to see and guess which one is taken away – use the visualiser|
Storybird – writing a story about a dinosaur who was sad… Why was he sad? What can happen to cheer him up? Artful Storytelling
Make up a song about him . Sing “ If your happy and you know it”
|Time Capsule||Going to do a writing exercise from Twinkl that may be of interest about writing/drawing to your future self|
|Geography||Only Leo & Maia so concentrated on drawing and pictionary game to start with|
Located where they are . Looking from different perspective – Google Earth – and seeing where I live and where Colin & Ann live in Edinburgh
|Arts & Craft||Make something together using simple materials. Leading each step of the way Find a task using paper or card. Glue and scissors. |
Strips of coloured paperStrawsToilet roll paperGlue – PVA or Pritt or UHUScissors
|Textured Treasure Hunt (Frottage)||Continuing the Art Theme we will be using Oak Academy on the following link :-|
A4 Blank PaperPencilsCrayonsBlack felt tip marker ( optional)
|Maths||To recognize parts that are equal and parts that are not|
Activity songsKim’s Game
|History||Find something out of horrible histories that we can exploreObject/subject from the era. To describe and discuss how it was used. Show a photo of it. Research it.|
Horrible HistoriesSeries 3 Episode 4Stuarts, Middle Ages, Romans,https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011qmrz/horrible-histories-series-3-episode-4
Hygiene : Why did poor people not wash in the middle ages?
Hygiene timeline https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HH_zuJbxu33K5TdXhjhjvJ2weEs05jB7oBtjz4huY-w/edit?usp=sharing
Pinterest – Hygienehttps://pin.it/1kQVZ4X
|Myths & Legends||Classic fairy tales and more unusual local ones SWGF: learning website and another schools site – not sure what it is called. |
Myths and Legendshttp://myths.e2bn.org/
“The Gurt Wurm”http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/view_myth.php?id=1852