For those teachers of parents of students with learning disabilities, the following assistive technology apps may help. In fact, you might find some of these apps helpful even if you’ve been out of school for years.
This app includes many tools for students, including ESL and Spanish students, who can benefit from the app’s interactive education videos and quizzes, and their teachers who will be able to monitor student performance from within the app. This can be beneficial for teachers to determine whether a student needs additional resources.
Compatible with both Android and Windows devices, Audacity records audio and allows the user to edit those recordings. The app can help learners hear their own voice and word usage or create audio to go with projects. It can also be used for students who cannot take written notes and require an audio recording for studying.
The Elements: A Visual Exploration
This interactive app takes inspiration from a textbook but does so much more than simply provide text to read. Students can learn about the basic elements and how they are the building blocks of life. Visual charts and other tools teach learners the characteristics of each element, which can be helpful for students who struggle with reading long passages.
Dragon has long been known as the voice-to-text program and the app has uses beyond simple transcription. It can be used to create notes and reminders that can be copied and pasted into other apps. Students who struggle with dysgraphia might especially benefit from an app that can listen to their voices and put those words on the screen.
Educators can collect and save teaching resources from sources such as YouTube and Google. These resources become associated with various subjects and are accessible from anywhere thanks to the cloud. This can help teachers bookmark useful resources for students with learning disabilities.
Students can record their moods in this adorable journal app that relies on colors, emoticons, and even slideshows created from photos that represent mood. Charts track mood over time, showing trends and patterns. This can be particularly useful for the parents and educators of children who are working to overcome mental illnesses while in school.
Mental disabilities can be just as impactful for children as physical disabilities, even if they are not visible. These apps help to level the academic playing field for children who need a bit of extra help.