Thursday, March 31, 2011
Following are a few handy online articles that explain how to use the accessibility features in a step by step way:
Review of the accessibility features of the iPad.
iPad VoiceOver guide for people with vision loss. (Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald 28 Jan 2011).
VoiceOver and the onscreen keyboard on the iPad. (Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Jan 2011).
VoiceOver and Safari. (Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Feb 2011)
VoiceOver and iBooks on the iPad. (Adam Turner, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Feb 2011)
Podcasts from Vision Australia about using the accessibility features of the iPad.
See previous post on this blog with thelist of gestures used in VoiceOver.
Also the iPad User Guide gives detailed instructions. (Guides for iPad 1 softwre versions and iPad 2)
Apple support for wireless Braille displays.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Apple has a Special Education section in the iTunes App store listing a range of Apps with their prices.
Visit Apples webpage explaining the accessibility features of the iPad for:
Apps for people with Autism.
Slideshow: iPossibilities: iPods and iPads in Special Education. 3 slideshows looking at various apps for special needs education.
Jeremy Browns App recommendation for students with Autism.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Australian Macworld discusses the main issues for schools in iPad goes to School.
..... For starters, how does a school deal with the issue of students putting apps onto iPads? If the iPad is a shared resource, then having students install or remove apps can be a significant problem. Apple’s iOS deployment tools (developer.apple.com/library/ios) can help with locking down elements of the operating system and making it easy to push new apps onto devices using your wireless network.
Application licensing is also a concern. When an app is bought through the App Store it’s only licensed for one user. That means that the practice of setting up one reference iPad, backing it up and then restoring that installation onto multiple iPads will result in breaching the software licensing conditions. Apple is addressing this with a volume licensing program in the United States. There’s no word on when that will be coming to Australia, however.
Where students are allocated an iPad for their own use, life gets a little easier. iOS apps can be added to the school booklist and students can be given iTunes Store vouchers in order to buy apps themselves and set the device up to suit themselves. .......... Read more.
Ringwood Secondary College in Victoria is implementing a 1-1 iPad rollout to its Year 7 students. They have developed an implementation document "Yr 7 iPad info 2011" around setting up accounts and installation of apps. Each student is provided with an iTunes card to the value of $50 as part of their iPad package , to allow an individual student account to be created and apps downloaded. This will all be done at school to ensure students have installed the correct apps.
This article provides some really good points about planning for both infrastructure needs and the educational applications of the iPad. It discusses device management and content management and some thoughts around pedagogy. (This article also mentions the volume licensing program which as yet is only available in the USA)