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iPad communication apps - iTech

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Debbie Dacey discusses options for augmentative communication using the iPad.

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iPad communication apps - iTech

  1. 1. Using iPads and iPodsasCommunication Devices<br />Deborah Dacey, MA/CCC-SLP; ATP<br />Special Ed Coordinator <br />Boone Co. Schools <br />debbie.dacey@boone.kyschools.us<br />
  2. 2. Augmentative Communication<br />iPod touch <br /> iPad<br />Just think…last year at this time, the iPad was just introduced – <br /> now we’re on version 2! <br />
  3. 3. Features of the iPad as an SGD<br />Portable and Lightweight<br />Dynamic Display<br />Multiple Apps<br />Direct Selection and Scanning Access<br />High Quality Voice Output<br />Synthetic and Digitized Text<br />Chargeable <br />Allows use of other applications<br />
  4. 4. Communication Applications<br />Considerations:<br />Cost<br />Programmability<br />Digitized and Synthetic Voice Options<br />Graphics Options<br />Symbol Array<br />
  5. 5. Proloquo2go<br />
  6. 6. Proloquo2go<br />FEATURES:<br /><ul><li>a full-featured augmentative communication device
  7. 7. a default vocabulary of over 7000 items
  8. 8. high resolution symbols: Symbol Stix</li></li></ul><li>Symbol Stix<br />Designed and developed by N2Y for use in the on-line weekly newspaper, News2You and the online curriculum, Unique Learning System. <br />Generic activities and persons are depicted as lively stick figures- stick figures with "an attitude".<br />
  9. 9. Proloquo2go<br />FEATURES cont.<br /><ul><li>natural sounding text-to-speech voices
  10. 10. advanced word prediction
  11. 11. fully programmable and easy to use
  12. 12. reasonably priced at $189.99</li></li></ul><li>Device Requirements:<br />* iPhone, iPod touch or iPad<br />* iOS 4.2 or later<br />* 273 MB of free space<br />
  13. 13. Sample Pages on iPod Touch<br />
  14. 14. Proloquo2go Video<br />http://www.proloquo2go.com/resources/article/introductory-videos<br />
  15. 15. TouchChatHD<br />
  16. 16. TouchChatHD<br />TouchChatHD<br />FEATURES:<br />is a full featured communication application <br />Over 10,000 symbols are included<br />Reasonably priced at $149<br />Five synthesized voices <br />
  17. 17. FEATURES cont.<br />VocabPC: for adults and adolescents uses a 12 location page layout<br />MultiChat15: created for school-aged individuals with emerging language skills<br />Spelling:a keyboard page set with four word prediction<br />Primary: designed for children; offers vocabulary for home, school and general communication.<br /> TouchChatHD<br />
  18. 18. FEATURES:<br />Minimum Requirements<br />iPod Touch 2nd generation running iOS 4.0 or higher<br />iPhone 3G running iOS 4.0 or higher<br />iPad running iOS 3.2 or higher<br />iPad 2<br />TouchChatHD<br />
  19. 19. TapToTalk<br />Free! (Editing version $99)<br />
  20. 20. TapToTalk<br />Features<br />Plays TapToTalk albums on an iPhone®, iPad™ or iPod touch®.<br />You can download the player application from the App StoreSM for free. <br />New version has scanning<br />
  21. 21. TapToTalk Designer <br />Design and organize “albums” with a library of over 2,500 pictures<br />You can add your own pictures<br />Record your voicee or use text-to-speech<br />“Publish" your albums to one or more of our supported devices. <br />Free apps play your albums on each device. <br />Web based for use on either Mac or PC.<br />
  22. 22. TapToTalk<br />http://www.taptotalk.com/<br />
  23. 23. TapSpeak, LLC<br />TapSpeakButton – Single message<br />TapSpeakSequence – Sequential recording<br />TapSpeakChoice – Allows quick and easy creation of communicator grids. <br />
  24. 24. TapSpeakChoice for iPad<br />
  25. 25. TapSpeakChoice for iPad<br />FEATURES:<br /><ul><li>Reasonably priced at $99.99
  26. 26. Multiple symbol options
  27. 27. photos and Mayer-Johnson PCS core library of 4500 symbols
  28. 28. One to 56 messages on a board
  29. 29. Drag and drop creation and editing</li></li></ul><li>TapSpeakChoice for iPad<br />FEATURES:<br /><ul><li>Digitized voice including sample libraries.
  30. 30. Tap/touch configurable for a student’s motor skill capability.
  31. 31. Direct access
  32. 32. Scanning modes using the entire iPad screen as a switch or use RJ Cooper’s iPad Super-Switch and iPad Switch Interface.</li></li></ul><li>TapSpeakSequence<br />FEATURES:<br />$29.99 <br />Unlimited number of messages and sequence length and phrase recording length<br />A number of geometric symbols and colors<br />Use your own photographs or drawings<br />Tap response is configurable <br />Basic usage tracking<br />Reorder phrases in a sequence, modify existing phrases<br />
  33. 33. TapSpeak Button<br />
  34. 34. Features:<br />Unlimited number of messages<br />Unlimited message length<br />Configurable button color<br />Configurable button feedback<br />Editing of existing messages<br />Full editing of the message list<br />TapSpeak Button<br />
  35. 35. TapSpeak Button<br />Requirements:<br />Version 1.0 $19.99 <br />Apple iPhone with at least OS 3.1<br />iPod Touch 2G with any attached microphone and OS 3.1.<br />Version 2.0 $49.99 <br />Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.<br />
  36. 36. TapSpeak video<br />http://conleysolutions.com/wordpress <br />
  37. 37. SoundingBoard<br />
  38. 38. SoundingBoard™ Version 2.0 Update<br />Linked Boards: choose to link one board to another on any message location<br />Single and Dual Switch Access: Using AbleNet's bluetooth access switch<br />Pre-Loaded Communication Boards: 14 pre-loaded communication boards<br />SoundingBoard<br />
  39. 39. FEATURES:<br />Create boards with up to 9 message locations<br />Virtually unlimited capacity; create boards for any situation<br />Use the built-in AbleNet symbol library for instant access to hundreds of symbols<br />Record messages of virtually any length for each symbol<br />SoundingBoard<br />
  40. 40. Use your own photo library for even greater flexibility and options<br />Take your own photos using your iPhone and use them in a board immediately*<br />Increase the physical size of the boards by using iPad<br />SoundingBoard<br />
  41. 41. Requirements:<br />$59.99 <br />SoundingBoard™ is designed to work with: <br />iPhone 3GS and <br />iPhone 4, <br />iPod Touch 3rd and 4th Generation<br />iPad1 and 2<br />SoundingBoard<br />
  42. 42. http://www.ablenetinc.com/AssistiveTechnology/Communication/SoundingBoard/tabid/632/Default.aspx<br />SoundingBoard<br />
  43. 43. http://mypad.lazyriver.on-rev.com/ $29.99<br />http://www.xcellentcreations.com/iphone-application-development/iconverse/ <br />$9.99<br />iConverse<br />
  44. 44. MYTALKTOOLS MOBILE AAC<br />Use simple grids or boards with bold images to play recorded sounds when you touch a cell. The sequences can even form complete sentences.<br />
  45. 45. MYTALKTOOLS WORKSPACEFAST, FLEXIBLE AUTHORING<br />MyTalkTools Workspace is a Web application to personalize MyTalkTools Mobile or Lite quickly and easily. <br />It's a drag-and-drop tool that simplifies design and backs up your MyTalkTools content when you sync.<br />
  46. 46. Voice4u <br />Create Your Original Icons & Categories<br />Create as many icons & categories as you need. Customize pre-loaded icons & categories with your own photos and sound.<br />
  47. 47. Features<br />Over 150 Pre-loaded Icons<br />Charming icons with easy-to-listen, clear voice in nine categories that helps user’s self expression. Organized in 11 categories.<br />Just Too Easy!<br />Our user-friendly interface that is tested with autistic individuals assures zero learning cost. Use Voice4u right after installation.<br />Affordable Price: ONLY $29.99<br />Voice4u is totally affordable out of your pocket. More than 100X cheaper than conventional AAC devices.<br />
  48. 48. What is required to have switch access to an I-Pad app?<br />1. A Connection<br />2. A Switch Interface<br />3. Switch(es)<br />4. An Application that includes logic to make it “switch aware”<br />• Make elements on the screen “accessible”<br />• Receive, interpret and act upon switch events<br />
  49. 49. iPad Switch Access<br />iPad Cordless Switch Interface (RJ Cooper) $99<br />iPad Cordless Super-Switch (RJ Cooper) $149<br />TapSpeak Choice ($99)<br />
  50. 50. iPad/iPod Cases<br />
  51. 51. iPad Accessory Package<br /><ul><li>iAdapter
  52. 52. rubberized corners and handle
  53. 53. A small slide cover on the front of the housing will hide the home button
  54. 54. an amplifier with dual speakers
  55. 55. A rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery
  56. 56. shoulder strap for portability
  57. 57. plastic stand for table top use.</li></ul>http://www.amdi.net/iadapter/<br />
  58. 58. Lessons learned<br />Work with your IT techs and your purchasing people prior to doing anything.<br />Set up I-tunes account with a “generic” email that can be transferred between teachers and schools. DO NOT SET UP AN ACCOUNT UNDER YOUR NAME OR CREDIT CARD!<br />Set up a purchasing system for purchasing apps. (ie. Vouchers, giftcards, free only, etc.)<br />
  59. 59. Lessons learned (cont.)<br />Determine who will manage the account and if you are going to have a centralized computer to “sync”.<br />Download “lite” or free versions of apps, when possible to determine if it’s worth the money. <br />Read the reviews.<br /><ul><li>www.docstoc.com/docs/60454355/iPhone-iPad-and-iPod-touch-Apps-for-(Special)-Education</li></li></ul><li>Riding the wave of a technology revolution…<br />Apps are CONSTANTLY changing<br />Be aware of system requirements <br />Keep searching for the latest and greatest!<br />Thanks for your attendance! <br />

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