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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library
ModMath bills its self as "The first free iPad app that helps kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia do math." It assists students with dysgraphia in neatly setting up and solving math problems.
This iOS app assists students with neatly laying out even highly complex mathematical equations including those involving geometric shapes.
A highly robust program for organizing classes and recording assignments. It combines the best aspects of a planner and a ToDo app. It also integrates seamlessly with Google and Apple's calendar apps.
As a Google school, all students automatically have these apps linked to their Formal email/user accounts. The links below take students to the iPad versions of the apps.
Google drive provides an easy way to keep files in sync across multiple devices as well as a simple way to share files.
A good word processing program that also takes advantage of the sharing features built in to every student's Taft account. The equivalent of Microsoft Word or Apple's Pages programs.
A good spreadsheet program that also takes advantage of the sharing features built in to every student's Taft account. The equivalent of Microsoft Excel or Apple's Numbers programs.
A good presentation program that also takes advantage of the sharing features built in to every student's Taft account. The equivalent of Microsoft Powerpoint or Apple's Keynote programs.
Document Sharing/Organization Apps
Dropbox not only allows for files to be shared and synchronized between web, desktop, and iPad versions, it also facilitates synchronization in other apps. A Dropbox account is a very useful thing to have.
iCloud drive is built in to iPads, iPhones and Mac computers and allows for easy document access across devices, and even has an easy to use web interface.
This free app for iPhone and iPad allows the user to take a photo of a piece of paper and convert it into a pdf with machine-readable (therefore, speakable) text.
This app allows you to scan any piece of paper (especially worksheets) and convert them into a PDF that you can mark up and/or fill out. OCR is available with a monthly subscription fee.
Prizmo Go offers on the fly OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so you can take any print item and convert it to digital text!
The apps and websites below help to deliver these text to speech and/or audio versions of text from a wide selection of sources.
VoiceDream Reader for iPad
VoiceDream is unique in its ability to approximate human speech when providing text to speech and to recognize multiple file formats (including ePub, PDF, and the DAISY files provided by Bookshare
, a service students with reading differences can use to provide text-to-speech ready ebooks. It even allows users to buy different voice accents!
Learning Ally, much like Bookshare, provides audio and/or text to speech versions of both novels and textbooks used as part of the curriculum.
Apple's eBook platform which natively supports text to speech.
Bluefire is an alternative to iBooks and Kindle that some publishers require as it supports a robust Digital Rights Management protocol.
Amazon Kindle Reader
A reader for iPad that allows students to access books sold via Amazon's Kindle store which supports text to speech as well.
Dragon Dictation provides an excellent speech-to-text solution to help students get their ideas onto the page.
Duelingo is a language learning software that can help students learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English.
Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students' comprehension.
Khan Academy is an excellent one stop shop for learning any studying nearly any subject.
Newsela is a website that gives students access to current events news stories at a variety of lexile levels. Too difficult to read? You can turn the lexile level down. Too easy? You can make it more complex.
Rewordify allows students to take a chunk of text or webpage containing difficult words and have it "rewordified" into a simpler version. You can customize the level of "rewordification" and even mouse-over the replaced words to hear and learn the original words.
Snapseed is an easy to use photo editing app that allows for quick fixes as well as more complex editing and includes several filters as well.
Nearpod allows teachers to deliver content directly to students devices during class and also allows for instant formative assessment by polling the class and tabulating results.
Presentation and Layout Apps
This awesome site makes it easy to layout professional looking fliers, brochures, cards, and more. Great for class projects!
This site allows students to make quick and easy animations complete with voiceover! A great alternate way of making presentations for class.
Note Taking Apps
Notability is an excellent all/purpose knowledge organization program which allows students to import text or image files, take notes, write on and highlight their notes or imported items, make recordings of notes or lectures, and also allows for use of the Apple Pencil when used on the iPad pro.
Allows for full synchronization between the iPad/iPhone version of the app and Mac Laptop/Desktop computers.
Soundnote allows for integration of audio-recording and note taking. After a class is over/recording is completed, you can tap on a word and the app will take you to the place in the recording when the note was taken.
Evernote allows students to take notes integrating photos, drawings, text and even maps and then synchronize them across devices. The only disadvantage is that it has a data limit unless you pay a subscription fee.
Presentation/Mind Mapping Apps
Billing its self as a "Collaborative & Interactive White Board", Explain Everything allows students to organize and share information in innovative ways. For a full video demo, look at their website
Inspiration is an excellent Mind Mapping software that helps students to explore their ideas, develop arguments, and visually organize information. Students can create a mind map and then translate it into an outline and add notes at any time.
This app is a robust companion for Inspiration Maps for iOS. The Mac version can take imports from the iOS version and allows for easy organization of information, notes, and the visual representation of ideas. It also has the ability to export your notes as a slideshow and then edit in Keynote, Powerpoint, or Google Slides.
Mindnode is an excellent mind mapping software that has the advantage of automatically spacing out ideas as you map them. It also syncs with the Mac version
Haiku is a easy to use presentation software that also syncs with web, Mac, PC and Chrome versions.
Flash Card Apps
Quizlet provides an easy way to create and drill flashcards and even create focus lists of commonly missed items.
Another full featured flashcard app. Very easy to use.
iFlash is a Mac based flashcard app which allows for quick and easy generation of flashcards. There is also a free companion app