The school year in the U.S. is just about to start and this is the perfect time to load up on apps that you can use at work! We rarely get app discounts and freebies in the SpEd and speech-language therapy worlds, so grab the following apps as soon as you can. NOTE: Some apps have been by default free, but we all LOVE lists, so here it goes:
- Comprehension TherAppy: from $24.99 to $19.99; perfect for working on auditory and written comprehension
- Verbally: FREE; an easy-to-use augmentative and alternative communication app for the iPad
- Look in My Eyes 1: Restaurant: $0.99
- Blokkendoos: FREE; copy block designs
- Party Whistle: FREE; use for blowing exercises
- Natural Learning Concepts Autism: Sort and Categorize: FREE
- Clean Up: Category Sorting: FREE
- What is My Job? $0.99; for teaching all about community helpers
- Who Am I Game: from $0.99 to FREE; guess which animal is being described
- MyPlay Chef Lite: FREE (since this is the lite version)
- Line ‘Em Up: FREE; promote children’s mastery of number order
- Touch and Learn Emotions: FREE
- Wood Puzzle HD Lite: FREE (since this is the lite version)
- Slide and Spin: FREE; help develop toddlers’ fine motor skills with this app
- Kiddy Simon HD: FREE; a memory game for kids
- I Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather: $1.99
- LEGO Instructions: FREE; for following drawn and written directions when building with Lego blocks
- Math Tappers: Estimate Fractions: FREE
- English Idioms Illustrated: FREE
- My First 1000 Words: Flashcards and Games: $1.99
- ABC Alphabet: FREE; sort letters together
- ABC Magic 3 Line Match: FREE; draw lines to match letters to pictures
- Learning Game: Little Matchup Fruits: $0.99
- Match It Up 1: FREE; bigger picture choices, match those that look exactly the same
- Match It Up 2: FREE; match by picture halves, shadow, line drawings, size, etc.
- Match It Up 3: FREE; smaller picture choices, a bit more cognitively demanding
- DrawRace: $2.99; draw and race on a racetrack using a finger
- Bamboo Paper: FREE; ditch your whiteboard and marker for this app
- Origami II: FREE
- Little Patterns: Animals: $0.99; work on your child’s critical thinking and mental reasoning skills
- PDF Notes: FREE; annotate PDFs with this app, perfect for use on your PDF’d workbooks that’s saved on your iDevice
- KG Math HD: $0.99; help teach your children math using this app
- Speech With Milo: Prepositions: $2.99; view a video clip of how the app works here
- MiniMod Reading for Details: $8.99; Lite version $0.99
- Toca Doctor HD: $1.99; have your child play doctor and enjoy science
- My Underwear: $2.99; a great game reward for your kids
- Bee Safe: $0.99; teaches road safety through an interactive workbook
- ScreenChomp: FREE; a doodling app that allows anybody to record sketches and doodlings in order to explain a concept
- Speech with Milo: Sequencing: $2.99; facilitate mastery of picture sequencing and storytelling skills. Watch the video demo here
- Sequencing!: $0.99; good sequencing app but needs updating and increased difficulty levels
- Kid Cart: $1.99; a grocery list app made just for kids to help them learn how to read and count. Comes in three flavors: English, French, Spanish
- Li’l Kitten Shopping Cart Game: FREE; teach your little students how to shop and save money
- Little Steps to Good Habits Volume 1: $1.99: social skills stories
- Little Steps to Good Habits Volume 2: $1.99: social skills stories
- Families 1: FREE; enhance your little student’s cognitive skills such as categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction
- Families 2: FREE; same goals as Families 1
- Spark! HD: $1.99; story starters that help jumpstart discussions and story-telling
- Picture Scheduler: $2.99; a pictured task organizer for individuals with disabilities
- Wood Puzzles Collection: FREE
For a more complete list, go to the Technology in (Spl) Education site. Happy downloading!
It took the sudden rise of the Philippine football team Azkals in the sport and TJ Manotoc’s–@tjmanotoc on Twitter–impeccable sports reporting to bring to our attention the app 360 Panorama. He uploaded on Twitter beautiful 360degree views of the football stadium (and the roaring fans) and it felt quite right to check this app out.
The current price alone was encouraging: $0.99 3.1 launch sale (for a limited time only), 66% off from the regular price. Startup screen brings you directly to a curved grid which prompts you to point your iPhone’s camera to the starting point of your (future) panoramic masterpiece and click Start Capture start shooting automatically. Point your iPhone’s camera to parts of the panorama you want completed (it would be an excellent idea if you stand/sit in one fixed point and just rotate your own self around until you complete your desired panorama range).
On the Settings page one can opt to view the panorama on a 360 view or stereographic view. Tinker with the background andchoose whether you want it white or black. I personally prefer black. Better viewing experience.
What I like about this app:
- automatic shooting: no need to click a shutter button each time you want to take the next picture. Point your device to another part of the scene and it ‘reveals’ on the screen that scene
- automatic stitching: the most painful part of panoramic shooting is the stitching part… and this app saves you all that trouble
- 360-degree photo review: swipe your results left to right and you see your panorama come to life near-3D
- sharing options: one can choose to send the photo via email or upload on Twitter
What this app could benefit from:
360 Panorama is simple, intuitive, and fun to use for every shooting project. Gives one reason (and leaves one with absolutely no excuse) to go on several vacations and do panorama-tripping.
And since it was so unfortunate for me to have only discovered this recently after doing several trips, below is a panoramic shot of my workplace. Not much. Halong Bay in Vietnam would have been a better sample shot.
Weight: 1.1 MB
Updated: 18 December 2010
Compatible with: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (4th Gen), iPhone 4. Needs iOS 4.0 up
Customer Ratings (iTunes): 4 out of 5 smileys
iSPeak App says: 4 out of 5 smileys
Who among us isn’t dependent on Microsoft Office for all our document, spreadsheet and presentation work? And who among us hasn’t wished that we could bring our work with us and make assessment reports (shudder) or at least review a slide presentation on the go?
Few words on the Quickoffice Mobile Connect Suite for iPhone: indispensable, a worthy investment, and on SALE! What can QO do for you? You can, on the fly:
- create a new MSOffice file, open and edit files (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx)
- email MSOffice files, view and open MSOffice attachments including file formats such as .pdf, .ppt, iWork, .html, .png, .jpg, .gif, .svg, .tif, .mp3, and the like)
But why the Mobile Connect Suite? Why not the Quickoffice Mobile Suite, the one without the “Connect?” Ok, both versions can also allow file sharing via email and wifi. I am however personally giving bigger thumbs up on the Connect version because of one word:
Yeah, they’re nice, big, and fluffy, and give us a heck lot of trouble during typhoon season. What I mean is that the Connect version lets you store files in an online “storage service” for you to access anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to email files to yourself for you to carry them and give yourself a headache scrolling through your emails. Chuck your files in a cloud storage service (one of the best FREE ones out there is Dropbox) and access it anywhere in the world for as long as you have wifi or 3G service.
If you haven’t gotten QO yet, you may want to do so today. Sale ends tomorrow!
Regular Price: 9.99
Sale Price: 6.99