Integrating iPads for Learning Support within your Mainstream Classroom (Auckland Day 2) – WORKSHOP HANDOUT

Adding content to your iPads to support students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder need support in the areas of communication, behaviour and social development. It is important to match the right apps to suit the needs of individual students in your classroom. While the larger area of communication (and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)) is not covered in this section, you will learn about appropriate apps for your classroom to use the iPad to create visual tools, positive behaviour supports and social stories.

ASD Links to websites:

Effective use of iPad for students with Autism:


More accessibility information via the Spectronics Blog:

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Communication (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

Links to websites:

Visual Supports

App Suggestions:


Links to websites:

Positive Behaviour Support

App suggestions:

Links to websites:


Social Stories

App suggestions:

Links to websites:

Using your iPads to support literacy across the curriculum in mainstream schools – From early years through to secondary school-aged students

Students with diverse learning needs can struggle with the literacy requirements of school learning programs and curriculum content. They can find it difficult to access, participate and progress through the programs being provided, due to difficulties with reading, writing and organisational skills, and the way content is delivered.

The iPad can assist teachers to optimize and differentiate student learning, and while at the same time assisting students to manage their own learning. The use of the research based Universal Design for Learning Guidelines ( is an important consideration when supporting students with learning support needs in mainstream classrooms, and was used as a framework to deliver the content of this session.

Apps for Literacy Support list

Universal Design for Learning


Support Literacy in the Early Years:

App suggestions (Phonics):


Links to websites:


Literacy Support Apps:

Texthelp Web Apps


And try this: dotEPUB is software in the cloud that allows you to convert any webpage into an e-book

QR Codes

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Screencasting and Recording Apps:


Augmentative Reality Apps:


Creating customised content on the iPads: Students and teachers as authors

Traditionally students, and their teachers, have been consumers of content provided by others in printed or digital format e.g. via a text book, commercially available teaching resources or the web. Now teachers can for the first time be curators and creators of digital content to ensure access for ALL students, and students express themselves via digital media. The iPad makes it possible for ebooks to be created and customised, shared and published by both teachers and their students.

For a passionate view on the creation of the e-textbook see Greg Swanson’s e-textbook Manifesto

Workshop iBook:

Movie making Apps:


See Screencasting and Recording Apps (above)

ePub Creation Apps:


Other templates and Widgets for iBooks Author

Fun Creation tools:


Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

Are iPads and other new mobile technology being introduced into classrooms replacing all that has gone before? The answer is no! Technology is just one of the tools available to teachers and their students to ensure learning rich and engaging classroom for all students.

Desktop Software

AAC devices

Web 2.0 tools such as interactive learning websites:

Apps to play FLASH files on iPad:

Apps to play FLASH files on iPad:


Integrate the iPad into your classroom – share your iPad screen to your VGA-equipped data projector, TV or monitor

Via a cable:

Apple VGA Adaptor or Apple Digital AV Adapter

30pin to VGA adapter30p-AV AdapterLigntning AV Adapter


Apple TV, Reflection, and Air Server

Apple TV

Using iPads with Interactive Whiteboards

Inclusion Study

Today is just the beginning… taking your learning further!

So you have the appropriate assessment and implementation tools in place, but keeping up with the range of apps available and the successful strategies for effectively applying them in diverse learning support and special education classrooms can be difficult. Which ones do you choose for your students? These links will help.

Discover new apps via an app:



Need to find more? Want to connect with others who are implementing iPads in their schools and exploring the use of the wide range of apps available? Using the time-honoured strategies of occasional conference attendance, as funds are available, or listserve participation or surfing the net is simply no longer enough

However the collection of freely available resources and valuable time-sensitive advice for special education teachers and those supporting struggling students has grown exponentially on social media channels – supporting building of powerful Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) without geographic boundaries.

A comprehensive overview of these online resources and networks, including Facebook Groups, Twitter hashtags, blogs and key influencers in the field around special education and learning is available via this link

App icons for building your Special Education and Learning Support Professional Learning Networks

In the past special educators and learning support teams have been less enthusiastic than their mainstream peers in embracing social media to build powerful, extended PLNs. It is time to accelerate and expand the adoption of these tools by special educators, to connect with like-minded colleagues globally.


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About Amanda Hartmann

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience. She has worked within educational settings, as an Inclusive Technology Consultant with Spectronics , and currently focuses her time on her busy private practice.

Amanda is a Key Word Sign/Makaton Presenter, an official Proloquo2Go trainer and an official expert TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box. She is also a certified Apple Trainer and regularly runs iPad workshops to help schools integrate iPad technology into the classroom, for all learners.

Amanda has a special interest in supporting and developing communication, literacy and learning for a wide range of diverse learners, often through the use of visual tools, sign language and technology. She has spent many years providing therapy support and teacher/parent training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with complex communication needs, due to disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy and other Physical impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Intellectual Impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and others. She also has specialist knowledge to support the literacy learning of students with learning difficulties, language impairments and other diverse learning needs. She is passionate about providing interactive and engaging presentations to educators, parents and therapists.

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