OT’s with Apps for School Based Therapist- August 11 & 12

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What’s in your OT mTool Kit? 

Interested in functional ways to use your iPad as a tool in OT?

  • Manage your iPad and student iPad for safety and focused use?
  • Review apps for school based occupational performance using feature matching (handouts)?
  • Explore apps and methods of performing documentation, organization and other administrative tasks on your device?
  • Accessorize your  iPad – hands on exploration of equipment for scanning stands, stands, cases, styluses, keyboards and more.

The OT’s with Apps for School Based OT have a few seats available for the August 11 & 12 workshop. Join us to learn and share in this 2-day workshop!

Bonus! Participants in past workshops have received more than $50.00 worth of free app codes and accessories from generous developers! Promo codes for popular OT apps will be provided for participants in the August 11 & 12 workshop.

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Click here for more information on the workshop or registration information:

OT’s with Apps August 11 & 12 Workshop 

Hope to see you there!

Carol & Erin

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CyberChase Shape Quest App – A PBS Kids VR Perceptual Motor App


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CyberChase Shape Quest free app developed by PBS Kids app for iPad and Android tablets providing a virtual reality games for ages 6-9. The app provides three games using geometry and spatial reasoning improve their problem solving skills. It is highly interactive,  requiring bilateral and motor planning skills to perform the tasks required of the games.

Three games are provided: Patch the Path, Hide and Seek and Feed the Critters requiring a printed sheet used to aim your tablet at for the virtual play.

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Link to the PBS website document for printing is provided at the start of the app. Instruction on use of the printed sheet is given to get the hang of the app controls.

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Now you are ready to play Patch the Path, the virtual reality game.  Use controls on either side of the app to pick up, rotate and move objects on the screen. Verbal directions are given to you during the quest. I also did some adjusting of my device that also aided matching placement. The game starts at a simpler level and progresses through 30 different levels in 5 different environments. The goal is to move to the next level and earn points in the process.  in difficulty as you accomplish tasks and earn points.

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Hide and Seek and Feed the Critters games require visual motor skills and are not virtual reality games. They are suited for older kids due to the higher spatial reasoning and vocabulary required to complete the tasks.

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If you have older kids who are motivate to participate in electronic spatial reasoning tasks or need to work on higher level spatial reasoning skills, Shape Quest is well worth downloading. Actually it was rather fun playing the virtual reality game. For free it is well worth the download and experiencing virtual reality gaming.

Interested in learning about more virtual reality games for kids? Join the  OT’s with Apps @ School Workshop August 11 & 12th.

More for your OT mTool Kit.

Carol

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OT’s in Pediatric Practice – Take This Survey…

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Are you an OT practitioner working in a pediatric practice setting?

Master’s students from Misericordia University are doing a research project on the use of mobile apps by occupational therapists in pediatric practice settings.

Help them out by completing the survey at the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TQ39BYR

The students are happy for individuals to forward the link to anyone they know who might be willing to complete it!

I am looking forward to seeing the results of their survey!

Carol

 

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AZTAP Google App Attack! Symbaloo

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AZTAP Google App Attack! – Symbaloo

Looking for Google Apps and Chrome Extensions for your AT Tool Kit?  Look no more…  Check out this hot off the press Symbaloo collaborative work of Aaron Marsters and Mary Keeney from AZTAP – their collection of  Google Apps and Chrome  as AT!  What a fabulous  resource!

H/T to Aaron Marsters and Mary Keeney for sharing their collection!!

As scooped on OT mTool Kit Scoop.it!

Carol

 

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Dyslexia font: Experience the ease of reading – Dyslexie font – The Assistive Technology Daily

The Dyslexia font makes reading easy and enjoyable for people with dyslexia. Experience the ease of reading and try the test now.

As scooped from Assistive Technology Daily Blog on July 2, 2014.

Assistive Technology Daily shares the information and links to understand more about the reasons and research backing the use of the Dyslexie font in their blog post Dyslexia font: Experience the Ease of Reading- Dyslexie Font”.

If you work with individuals with Dyslexia or learning disability you might want to consider this font option for your students or clients.

Carol – OT’s with Apps and Technology

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Weekend Websites: 31 Keyboarding Websites

If summer is when your children are absolutely positively going to catch up on keyboarding, here’s a list of 32 keyboarding websites for all ages (be sure to view the full post–I have a free poste…

 

As scooped with Scoopit from: http://askatechteacher.com/2014/07/11/weekend-websites-32-keyboarding-websites/

It is mid-summer, halfway to the start of another school year. Oh, remember all those recommendations about working on keyboarding this summer? If you haven’t gotten started there is still time- if you get started now! And speaking of resources…

Jacqui Murray, author of  Ask a Teacher.com, nails it with her comment, “summer is when your children are absolutely going to catch up on keyboarding skills”. Heard that before? Well it’s time to dig into her list of  32 keyboarding websites offered in her post Weekend Websites: 31 Keyboarding Websites” and get those fingers keying!

Over the years I have discussed keyboarding practice with many parents. One suggestion I made was to use different keyboarding programs to keep the skill and drill novel.  Hmm…, think 32 potential keyboarding options provides enough novelty???

And don’t you just love her infographic ??

Thank you to Jacqui for all your resources!

Carol from OT’s with Apps and Technology

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Visual Perceptual Apps for Preschool and Primary Students

Visual perceptual appsThe iPad is a great tool for providing supplementary visual perceptual and visual motor therapy or home programming activities. Features of the iPad can allow verbal feedback on performance, language reinforcement and options of graded activity levels to the user depending on the app.  Perusing educational app curation sites I found a few  visual perceptual apps that were highly rated for preschoolers that I thought would be worthwhile testing out. Here are a the two apps that came with good recommendations for preschoolers. They do have good qualities, however what aged child might you use these apps with??

Here are the two apps trialed:

Match Blitz icon iOSMatch Blitz app (free; iPad/iPhone) from the developers at Shiny Things is a high quality matching game for young kids. The matching game can be played individually, with 2, 3 or 4 players. It requires quick matching of shapes and objects.Match Blitz pic1 The matching game can be played individually, with 2, 3 or 4 players. It requires quick matching of shapes and objects to beat your time. Match Blitz pic2 Match Blitz pic3 Match blitz pic4

A practice mode is provided for students to learn how to play the game. Difficulty of matching does increase somewhat in quantity and complexity of objects, but remains appropriate for preschool aged players. Speed of responses is timed and displayed at the end, but, speed is not increased as you progress in the games.

No instructions are given for the game. The practice mode is sufficient for young player to successfully play Match Blitz!. Although a simple game and app, Match Blitz! is a quality app that is engaging for preschool to early elementary aged children. Well worth the download to your device.

Doodle Critter Math Shapes iconDoodle Critter Math: Shapes  (2.99; iPhone/iPad) provides a variety of visual perceptual and visual motor activities within one app. Created by NCSOFT, creator of Injini and Write My Name apps, Doodle Critter Math  focusing on early math skills of learning shapes, matching shapes, finding shapes and sorting shapes. Six different activities are offered in this app.

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Learn shapes, describes and draws out shapes.

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Remember shapes presents and then hides shapes to be found by the user.

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Drag the shapes to complete the puzzle, provides shape matching to complete the picture.

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Find shapes in the fable, focuses more on individual shapes, recognizing shape names and matching.

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Doodle Critter Math: Shapes is engaging and offers language and text in most activities provided. Although it is suggested for preschool students, it appears suited early elementary students due to the language content, skills levels randomly presented and a somewhat fast pace of some activities. In a few activities,  the skill of the task was in a random order rather than a developmental sequence. Identifying hexagon or pentagon shapes was presented at the beginning of a new activity rather than presenting circles, squares in a developmental order. The matching shapes activity required identification of 8 to 13 (or more) shapes to complete a picture puzzle, which would be considered complex for many special needs preschool students. Doodle Critter Math: Shapes is a quality app, but may be best suited to more neurotypical students or for kindergarten or elementary level students with basic shape recognition (circle, square) who would benefit from advancing their skills.

Options offered the setting include music sound levels, turning effects on/off and languages offered (English or Korean). If you are in need of reinforcing shape identification with language, Doodle Critter Math: Shapes would be appropriate. This app might be frustrating for students who need tasks offered in a developmental sequence to be successful.

Both apps have their merits. What ages would you use these apps with? Are these apps that you will download for your teaching, parent or OT mTool Kit?

Interested in practical review of apps for visual perceptual development of your child or student?

Come to the OT’s with Apps Workshop this August – we’ll be reviewing visual perceptual and visual motor apps (and many other apps for OT!) along features and practical ways to use your iPad in therapy!

Join us August 11 & 12 for two days of OT’s with Apps @ School. If you need more information you’ll find it here:

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Have questions about OT’s with Apps August Workshop?  Contact me at otswithapps@gmail.com

Carol

 

 

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