Getting Lost Trying to Use and Navigate Proloquo2Go?

The AssistiveWare website has tutorial videos to help you out!

From simple topics like “Introduction to Proloquo2Go” and “Customizing the Vocabulary” to more advanced features like “Access Methods”, AssistiveWare has got you covered with over 20 how-to videos that are conveniently broken down by specific features.  To access the videos, click on one of the links below and fill out the e-learning registration form, with just your name and email, then click “Watch”.

(NEW denotes video recorded with Proloquo2Go version 3.0)

It is noted on www.assistiveware.com that videos 2-7 were recorded using Proloquo2Go Version 2.0, and will look a little different if you have the latest version (3.0).

Proloquo2Go Supplemental Videos

These videos will be helpful if you are using an older version (1 0r 2) of Proloquo2Go:

ALSO…

Check out these Guest Videos that are featured on their website:

iPads & Apps – For Learning, For Leisure, As Tools for Autistic Kids, and Adults – Shannon Des Roches Rosa (2012)

Autism & Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Research-based Best Practices – Joanne M. Cafiero, Ph.D. (2012)

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Redeem Gift Cards Now Using the Device Camera

Exploring some of the (200+) new features and functions available in Apple’s newest system upgrade has proven to be a lot like piecing together a puzzle and finding little surprises you did not expect to see in the big picture.  While all of the user interface changes were designed to simplify tasks for the masses, many will prove to be especially helpful for users with disabilities.

My iOS7 Tip-Of-The-Day:

We no longer have to type in those ridiculously long redemption codes from the back of the iTunes gift cards!  One of the new functions in iOS7 allows you to take a photo with the device’s camera (front or rear) to input this information. To redeem the gift card, just go to the iTunes store, make your purchase (app, book or music) and choose the option to “redeem the card with the camera”.  Use the camera to take a picture of the back of the gift card and the code is automatically entered for you.  This new feature will certainly be helpful for users with low vision or fine motor problems!

Apple offers these tips:

  • If the room isn’t lit well enough, your gift card may not be readable.
  • Completely peel off the coating that is hiding the gift code to improve readability.
  • If you receive this message, you can type in your iTunes Gift Card code manually.

camera code error

 

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New Apple iOS7 Upgrade Offers New Accessibility Features


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I’ll say it again…you just can’t beat the accessibility features offered by Apple.  I loved the simple touch screen interface offered from the onset and they just keep adding new tools for our students with physical disabilities through every upgrade.  Yesterday’s release of iOS7  is like Christmas for our users with special needs…

With more than 200 changes in this upgrade, there is something for everybody who uses an iPad, iPod Touch or an iPhone. It includes a completely redesigned user interface and some exciting new accessibility supports our disabled students will love.  Options specifically designed for those with limited abilities include the ability to adjust fonts system-wide, provide customized captioning and set user controls for switch access. This includes the option for gesture-based controls (including actions such as head movements) to operate the devices. Wow!  What a difference these features will make for our more severely involved students who have seen iPads in their schools but have never been able to engage with them or use them to their fullest potential.  This upgrade also offers expanded functionality for the already awesome accessibility features such as Zoom, VoiceOver, Speak Selection, Assistive Touch and Guided Access.

There is a wonderful ‘how to’ guide available from the folks at MakeUseOf.  Ono of my favorite resource sites, they have created a downloadable guide to all the new iOS7 features.

The upgrade is available for iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and the 5th generation iPod Touch. To download iOS 7 go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Note: You must have sufficient storage memory available or it will not install.

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Co:Writer Word Prediction App Released!

CoWriter screenshotI am always excited when our trusted special education software manufacturers make a program available in app format. I am REALLY excited this week, as Don Johnston just released an app version of Co:Writer®!!

This is a word prediction tool that reduces the number of keystrokes required to type and that makes it a great tool for students with physical disabilities or just poor typing abilities.  Since it provides support for spelling and grammar with writing tasks, it’s an amazing tool for our LD students who know what they want to say but can’t seem to think of the right word or struggle with spelling.  As the first letters are typed, Co:Writer predicts the intended word and presents a selection of word choices. The program uses ‘inventive’ spelling to predict words, even if the student misspells the word or omits vowels.

Word suggestions can be read aloud with a swipe; selecting the intended word places it into the document. Built-in text to speech will read letters, words, sentences, and the entire document using the Heather voice.  Control settings allow for adjustingt the font, text size and color contrast for improved readability.

Co:Writer has access to a main prediction dictionary (that includes core words) and an endless range of Topic Dictionaries (that includes topic specific words).  Available today on iTunes, it will be the best $17.99 you’ve spent in a while!

I already have it and absolutely LOVE it.

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iPad Summit Session Resources

We had a terrific turnout for both of our introductory level sessions Using the iPad in Special Education, as part of our new  “iPad Summit” series. If you attended either of these presentations this summer or just want to learn more about the iPad, you will want to look at the Livebinder file containing the powerpoint presentation we used.  Located under the first tab, titled Instructional Materials, the ppt is broken into Part 1 and Part 2 on the gray sub-tabs, as it was too large for loading in one unit.   Valerie Pearce, my good friend and local ‘communication app expert’, offered an individual session during our May 10th  event and an earlier post contains the direct links for all of the AAC apps she showcased, as well.

This binder is full of additional resources to help you learn more about using the iPad in the special education setting and is updated regularly as we find other materials that support the use of the iPad in the classroom.

 

 

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AAC App List from iPad Summit Session

Check out these great apps for Communication that were featured at our iPad Summit on May 10, 2013!!  To see more great resources from our training and to learn more about using the iPad in Education, visit our LiveBinder!

  My First AAC – $24.99              Gabby Tabs Lite – FREE

  Fun with Directions – $15.99  Niki Talk – FREE

 Naming TherAppy – $24.99      My Words – $9.99

 Scene Speak – $9.99                     Talking Tiles – FREE

Answers: YesNo – $1.99               Picture Card Maker                                                                                                                   for Communication – FREE

 ComApp – FREE                              STS School – $4.99

 Write My Name – $3.99               Articulation Station –                                                                                                             FREE  (Pro – $49.99)

 Talking Tom – FREE                      iTouchiLearn Words:                                                                                                      Speech and Language – $1.99

Which Go Together – $1.99        iPhone Screenshot 1 Picture Can Talk –                                                                                                                                             $34.99

Injini – $29.99

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Bookshare is now even MORE accessible!

You can now access your books on the go through Bookshare’s new app for Apple, Read2Go.  This app gives full audio feedback as you navigate through its menu to customize your reading experience.  With many different color themes for highlighting, changing backgrounds and text you are able to change each visual feature to suite your needs.  It also has several audio options such as reading text out loud, how fast it is read and whether or not you  need the menu read out loud.  You are also able to increase the text size to a 70pt font!  The app is priced at $19.99, which isn’t bad, considering both the membership and online versions are free!

With over 203,000 accessible books, Bookshare is the largest accessible library in the world, and it keeps growing!

Learn more about Read2Go

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