Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Your Thoughts With Google Keep


Richard Byrne from give a quick overview of Google Keep app for iOS, Android and web based. Another option for organizing ideas, bookmarks and notes that can be accessed on many devices with Internet connection.

So many great options!


As scoop with  Scoop.itOT mTool Kit from:  on October 22, 2014.

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inPromptu App – A Free Video Modeling App

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inPromptu App

Video modeling has strong evidence based practice behind its use. If you haven’t experienced the power of video modeling first hand, let the research behind it encourage you to use videos and self-modeling in your practice.

A previous post on Word Toob app (iPad; 19.99) briefly reviewed use for organizing videos, visual schedules and as an AAC app. It is a great app if you have the funds.

On the cheap, there are a few more apps on the low cost – no cost that can also provide organization of videos for your students or clients. Although they may not have all the bells and whistles, they provide an organized method of accessing videos to students or clients.

inPromptu iconinPromptu app (iPad/iPhone; free) – developed by the Ohio State University Department of Education with a grant from the US Department of Education, this app provides categories of activities of daily living videos and options of creating your own category or tasks. The goal of this app as stated on their website is to ” The overarching goal of the inPromptu project is to provide individuals with severe intellectual disabilities with a tool to be able to prompt themselves—to incite them to greater action by increasing their competence with daily living skills, to assist them with learning and maintaining new daily living skills, and by supplying them with an easily accessible video system to increase their self-reliance with daily living skills.”

inPromptu app provides a series of created video prompts for categories of cleaning, cooking, eating and drinking, laundry and personal hygiene as a model. My Tasks tool provides the option of adding your own playlist of tasks. A reminder tool allows setting alarms by a date and time that prompts a message at the time set for the task selected.

Here are a few screen shots of the app set up and tools:

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The Ohio State University provides instructions with the use of the app including:

  • Instructions for creating videos to share with the OSU for the app as well as tips and tricks for video tasks for video prompting and modeling. Even if you are not sending them videos, their instructions provide helpful reminders on task analysis and tips and tricks for videos :
  • Instructions for setting up the app:
  • A data collection sheet with directions is also provided through the Ohio State University website  to assist with progress monitoring:
  • Instructions on teaching sessions for video prompting :

Free is always good. This app also is compatible with iPad and iPhone allowing it to be portable for use by those in supported employment using an iPod Touch.

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“InPromptu.” Ohio State University. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.

“Video Modeling |” Video Modeling | N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.

Roberts, Jessica. N.p.: Booksurge, 2008. Print.


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Irlen Awareness Week Oct 20-24

Do you become distress with bright lights, black print on white paper, experience visual fatigue or experience print that does not remain stable?

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These are just a few of the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome. Find out more during the Irlen Syndrome Awareness week…

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For more information visit Irlen Website.  More information to come this week.

And yes, there are some apps that can help with that!

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR/L, ATP , Irlen Screener or

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Abilipad App Price Reduction!

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Abilipad App

Abilipad app  (iPad; regularly 19.99) is reduced to 9.99 today (always a mystery how long this reduced price will be!). This app provides tools to customization the keyboard layout with pictures, text, key size and color. Other options available to support reading and writing includes word prediction, text to speech and ability to create a writing environment with those features. It is a great app for customizing the writing environment.

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Great app to have in your app arsenal to support writing!

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WordToob App

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Do you ever stumble upon an app and think ” that is really cool” but the light bulb just doesn’t go on for application of it (or may be you don’t have an immediate application) ??

Wordtoob iconWordToob app (iPad; 19.99 for iOS 5.1 or later) was one of those apps. I have had it on my iPad for quite sometime but just didn’t quite see the application – maybe I was blinded by the light????

I have the opportunity of working with a great school team supporting a student with special needs. The team created videos of the many activities the student participates (dozens! Kudos to Erin and Jodi and the rest of the team!). This has helped guide the student with the activity. It has worked well to feed forward the expectations of the activity. A significant amount of research supports use of video modeling as  evidence based practice  intervention for a wide variety of individuals. Using WordToob app provides the vehicle for displaying all those video models in an organized method for easy access for the student or staff.

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John Halloran, developer of WordToob app, provides an overview of the many uses of WordToob. Although a lengthy video, the video below gives you ideas of the many applications of its use.

Video modeling ideas with use of WordToob, as described on iTunes:

• Learning social skills
• Recognizing emotions
• Visual schedules
• Learning adaptive skills
• Show and tell, storytelling

There are many more ways to use WordToob:

  • Learning new words
  • Recognizing words you hear
  • Improving articulation
  • ELL

For more information check out WordToob on their website. A number of videos in YouTube are available for ideas and instruction in its use.

Creating albums of videos certainly works on the iPad, however, WordToob app provides an easy method of titling videos and access for both student and staff. Although a bit expensive, WordToob has multiple uses beyond just presenting and organizing videos. Games, word work and visual schedules are just a few methods WordToob can be used.

As I now see the light, I am glad its on a little brighter! I am looking forward to adding this to the arsenal of apps used to support individuals with disabilities – whether at school or in work settings!

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National Professional Development Center, on Autism Spectrum Disorders. “Evidence Base for Video Model.” Evidence Base for Video Modeling (n.d.): n. pag. National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

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Ten Chrome Extensions for Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP:

Luis Perez shares his insight on the ever-growing extensions available for Chrome. Extensions shared are helpful for a wide variety of individuals with disability including Blind, Low Vision, LD and more.
Luis’s expertise is always worth checking out!

Originally posted on The Website of Luis Perez:

Although I am primarily a Safari user, I have been very impressed with the variety of extensions you can add to customize the Chrome web browser from Google. I have been experimenting with a number of these extensions, and here are the ones I have found helpful and currently have installed:

  • ChromeVox: Google’s screen reader that is built into Chrome OS on Chromebooks or can be installed as an extension for the Chrome browser on Windows or Mac. A really nice interactive tutorial is available from Google to help new users get started with ChromeVox.
  • ChromeSpeak: This extension provides the same functionality that is available through a Speech service on the Mac but should be helpful to  Chrome OS users. You can select text on any web page, right-click and choose Speak to have the text read aloud using the text to speech engine built into the respective OS.

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Flip Writer AAC | Two Displays

Flip Writer lets you type a message on the keyboard, and this message is displayed on two displays,






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AT Daily reviews Flip Writer app. Free, with in-app purchase for word prediction, provides a flipped display for a communication partner. Wow, I remember when these types of devices were specialized and quite expensive .  Flip Writer AAC is developed by the creators of Spell Better.

If you need a text based communication device, check this out.


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