5 Educational Apps for the Special Education Classroom

At the end of last school year, I won a grant to purchase 4 iPads for my special needs classroom. Now that we are 1:1 on technology, I have been researching and playing around with educational apps all summer in preparation for our new “toys” to arrive.

Here are some apps that I’ve used in the past with my students, and a few that I’m excited to try out:

 

Toca Doctor / Pet Doctor

In both Toca Doctor and Pet Doctor, the student is prompted to help the sick people, or pets, get better. They get to examine patients in Toca Doctor and solve puzzles within the human body.

The same for Pet Doctor, except you are working on ill pets! Both are great apps for hand-eye coordination, as well as motor skills and concentration. The best part is that there are no timers or stress-inducing elements within each game, so your students can play at their own pace.

Toca Doctor / Pet Doctor

In both Toca Doctor and Pet Doctor, the student is prompted to help the sick people, or pets, get better. They get to examine patients in Toca Doctor and solve puzzles within the human body.

The same for Pet Doctor, except you are working on ill pets! Both are great apps for hand-eye coordination, as well as motor skills and concentration. The best part is that there are no timers or stress-inducing elements within each game, so your students can play at their own pace.

 

PopFlux

PopFlux is a free app that is great for not only getting your students up and moving around, but for hand-eye coordination as well. It works in real time as you use your iPad’s camera to kind of capture your students playing.

We usually have 2 players play at a time to build teamwork. This app is great for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory students too, and is a favorite in my class!

 

Tiny Tap

This app allows you to create interactive lessons and games, and play those that others have created. It’s so simple and easy to create activities, that it would be a great app for you to recommend to a child’s parent to help build language and math skills at home.

Disney’s Storytime

I absolutely love this app! You can download this app for free and you get 2 or 3 free Disney stories. I purchased coins within the app to buy more stories for my students because the app is great for my kids. The app reads to the student and highlights each word as it is read, modeling to the student how to read, while using familiar characters and stories to keep them interested.


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