This is a reposting of Sarah DeBellis’ post, Schools A to Z – the Essential Homework App. Although some of the features of this app might be geared to Aussie’s such as the references in the Assignments category, this can be a good reference app for students, parents or therapists. Enjoy Sarah’s review and this free app to help you reference terms and methods of math when you work with your students.

As an OT at school when working in the classroom with students I am often reaching for reference books such as Writers Express to figure out what a comparative adverb or adjective or other language terms. Although I still will continue to model where and how to find resources for students in the classroom, this app provides access to that information when those resources are not available or when students can’t read that information. Using the accessibility “speak” tool on my iPhone, allows the definitions read out loud to those students with a print disability. Modeling the “speak” feature on an iPod or iPad empowers students to access print independently. They certainly may still need some assistance with using that information, but initiating use of tools and resources shows self-determination – an apptitude our struggling students really need to be successful!


On Sarah's iPad

I have been remiss in not reviewing this  App earlier as it is a must for parents of school-aged children.  It has been on my iPad for some time now, and it has been in my “going to get to ” list, however I’ve dipped into it a lot lately, so I really need to share it with you.  School A to Z is a free App from the NSW Department of Education and Communities.  Their School A to Z website aims to:

create an online community with comprehensive homework and ‘school life’ support for parents that is easy to use, relevant and engaging.”

The school A to Z App gives parents access to some of the content on the site and will be a welcome resource for any family of school-aged children.

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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