Sailers video blog: Episode 3


My wife and I started a video blog series on Apple technologies, education, and special needs. Episode 3 includes CNN Student News, the BigGrips frame and stand, and an app demo. Watch the video to learn about the information covered and to see me demonstrate one of my new favorite apps.

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Disclosure: The author was provided with a complimentary BigGrips iPad frame and stand.

Sailers video blog: Episode 2


My wife and I started a video blog series on Apple technologies, education, and special needs. Episode 2 includes BrainPOP, an iPad stand, and an app demo. Watch the video to learn about the information covered and to see us demonstrate one of our new favorite apps.

To receive the next video blog automatically, please subscribe to my blog at http://ericsailers.com/blog.html.

Note that it’s best to view the video in 720p HD and full screen mode. You can do this by changing the controls found in the bottom toolbar of the YouTube video.

iPod touch app tutorials updated

I updated my Scribd document for iPod touch app tutorials. I updated existing tutorials and added new ones for apps such as Typ-O, Speech with Milo: Verbs, Violet and the Mysterious Black Dog, and Cookie Doodle. The tutorials guide you step-by-step through various iPhone and iPod touch apps for special needs. Many of the included apps are also available for the iPad; however, the screen designs may vary slightly across iOS devices. Nonetheless, check out the tutorials below in the embedded document to learn about the features in the included apps. If the embed is too small, click View this Document on Scribd for an enlarged view.

Note: thanks to AssistiveWare for creating the really cool templates that I used.

iPad Apps and Accessories for Special Needs

For upcoming presentations, I created a handout titled iPad Apps and Accessories for Special Needs. The first page has lists of my favorite apps for various categories such as reading, writing, and communication. Since it’s October, I included a couple apps with seasonal content for Halloween: Cookie Doodle and 123 Sticker HD. On the second page of the handout, I listed iPad accessories with links.

iPad apps are for use on the iPad only. Universal apps (+), on the other hand, are optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A plus sign is indicated in the App Store listing for the app. You buy a universal app once, then you install it on all your iOS devices, resulting in a great looking app on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

*One of the apps, ArtikPix, was co-created by me.
**Although I have used many of the accessories listed, I have not tried all of them. However, I have heard/read good reviews about the ones I haven’t tried.
***Pictello is an app that will soon be released on the App Store.

How do you find apps?

I was recently asked during a presentation, “How do you find (iPhone/iPod touch & iPad) apps?” I answered succinctly by providing a couple search methods. Here are those methods in addition to more:

  • Search iTunes App Store for an app name (e.g., iCommunicate) or type of app (e.g., speech therapy).
  • Search iTunes charts such as iPhone and iPad top grossing for Education, and  iPhone and iPad What’s hot for Education (ArtikPix, iPad articulation app co-created by Jason and I, has been hovering around #20 since hitting the What’s hot list).
  • Search iTunes Apps for Kids category.
  • Read app roundup postings on blogs such as Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs.
  • Read lists of apps such as Acalanes UHSD lists for iPod touch and iPad.
  • Read education review sites such as IEAR.
  • Participate in social networks such as iPods 4 Special Needs Ning.
  • Learn about new apps by reading Moms with Apps blog and Google Group.
  • Attend app presentations at conferences such as CUE and Closing the Gap.
  • Talk to friends and colleagues.

To get more information about apps, view my app resources.