As a new iPad owner I was hesitant to pay $25-$50 for a speech therapy app just to do therapy. Luckily for me there are SLPs who visit my site and share with me how they are using the iPad in different (and cost-effective) ways. I was sooooo excited when Teresa emailed some of the ways she was using my board games and other worksheets without printing them – and so this post about the apps ‘iBooks’ and ‘Notability’ began.
- APP: iBooks
- PRICE: Free
- FUNCTION: Apart from downloading books, it saves PDF files into your library collection.
Go back and keep on opening up your PDF files into iBooks! Trust me… it is worth the 15 minutes to be able to access your things without internet connectivity! If you want to see a YouTube clip that gives various options as PDF file sizes may vary, then this tutorial provides some great tips.
After all of your things are organized into categories, it’s easy to scroll through to find whatever you want to open!
THERAPY SUGGESTIONS FOR USING iBOOKS:
I could go on and on… just think that you can save anything that is in PDF format in here. Having created so many free resources in PDF format, I have everything from my site on my iPad now!
- Open my board games, grab a dice and some counters and play the game on the iPad. I wish I knew about this before I started printing and colouring them in!
- Download journal articles so that you always have easy access to the latest research.
- Save colorful visual scaffolds and always have access to bright articulation cards and sentences/stories (the later I downloaded from mommy speech therapy).
- Have screeners and speech/language programs at your fingertips!
- APP: Notability
- PRICE: $0.99
- FUNCTION: Write on documents (eg. PDFs, JPEG files etc.), record audio files, email them to yourself/families once finished!
You open and save the PDFs the same way that you would in iBooks. There should be another box next to the iBooks tab in the upper right hand corner with a drop menu. Just choose the ‘Notability’ program.
A few options to show you…
THERAPY SUGGESTIONS FOR USING NOTABILITY:
I find this app extremely useful for worksheets and getting the student involved. An SLP called Teresa initially shared these ideas about how she uses Notability, and I have added a few to get you started:
- Importing PDF worksheet files AND programs on CD onto her iPad and doing the worksheets on there. She noted that CDs with passwords do not work.
- Taking photos of students doing actions and annotating them/audio recording them.
- She also circles incorrect articulations productions on worksheets to email to parents as extra practice. Teresa opens my board games into Notability and uses the writing tool as a marker (see below).
- Get creative with sound loaded scenes and circle the pictures after you have said them correctly!
- Why not play tic-tac-toe with the articulation cards?
Obviously there are soooo many more ideas and I just wanted to share a few ways to get you thinking of the endless possibilities this app has… and it is only $0.99! I would love to hear more ways that you are already using these apps as I have only been experimenting with them for the past week! I am very thankful for those SLPs who love to share information and give us all fresh ways to approach therapy. Happy downloading!