Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students’ brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
Working with special needs students in an inclusionary setting frequently requires interventions on the fly as we support students for classroom instruction. In my experience, often we are in classes where writing is the focus. Ali Parrish provides low to high tech options that can be done on the fly – especially when wielding a mobile device!
Ali Parrish suggestions apps such as Paperport Notes, Dragon Dictation and Dictation Pro as writing organization and production. Here are a few more apps that provide recording and or writing tools:
Notability – still 2.99 – (iOS) a note taking, organizational notebook (great app!)
SoundNote – 4.99 (iOS) – a recording and note taking app
iTalk – (free; iOS) voice recorder app – easy to use
NotePad + – (free; Android) Note pad with voice recording and drawing tools.
Easy Voice Recorder – (free; Android) voice recorder app.
Add the predictive keyboard in iOS 8 and voice recognition tool available in iOS 7 and 8 and you have more supports for students with the writing process. Great AT suggestions from Ali Parrish that can be helpful to OT’s supporting student writing .