Apps for Dyslexic Students
Key Features: text-to-speech with synchronized highlighting
Sometimes, traditional spell-checkers do not catch every error in a piece of writing, such as when students use incorrect homonyms. Ginger Page is a word processing app with a contextual spelling and grammar checker. It looks at entire sentences as units while searching for errors. It also has a unique rephrasing tool that suggests better word choices for a piece of writing.
Key Features: contextual spell and grammar checking, rephrasing tool, text-to-speech for proofreading, integrated dictionary and thesaurus
The onscreen keyboard of a mobile device is essential in the transformation of thoughts to written words. For Android users with dyslexia, the Google Keyboard provides both dictation and word prediction for spelling assistance in any app.
Key Features: dictation, word prediction
Students familiar with the Web-based flashcard tool Quizlet will find its companion mobile app beneficial. Flashcard decks created on the website can be downloaded to mobile devices, and students can create new multi-sensory decks directly in the app. All decks utilize integrated text-to-speech for independent study and auditory reinforcement.
Key Features: text-to-speech, ability to organize card decks into classes and folders
Adobe Voice provides an elegant alternative to traditional slideshow presentations for students with dyslexia. While the app gives the option of including written text, each presentation is based on voice narration and images. Once a series of slides is created, the app transforms it into an animated video with background music.
Key Features: a means of presenting information verbally, ability to save completed videos to the photos app for easy sharing
A second option for creating electronic graphic organizers for both iOS and Android devices is the Mindmeister app. It has multiple visual options for creating customized diagrams, which can be exported as PDF, PNG, and RTF files, as well as converted to Word and PowerPoint documents.
Key Features: integration with the Web-based Mindmeister graphic organizing tool
Ideament (used to be Idea Sketch)
Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram (mind map, concept map, or flow chart), convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. It can be used to brainstorm new ideas, illustrate concepts, make lists and outlines, plan presentations, create organizational charts, and more.
This app allows students to take a photo of math problem to get instant and step-by-step solutions. It is not designed for math past high school, but is a simple, easy-to-use program. After taking a picture of your problem, Photomath provides both the solution and a detailed list of steps to help students figure out how the answer was derived.
There are many other apps on the Mcallen ISD Store app located on your student's district issued iPad.