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iPads in the Classroom for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Books

Longhorn, Flo
iPads, apps and special learners: A-Z for beginners
Flo Longhorn, 2012
ISBN 9780955900839
Background information on iPad use and themed selections of appropriate apps for use on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch which can be used particularly well with children who have additional support needs.

Longhorn, Flo
My favourite apps for special learners [part 1]
Flo Longhorn, 2011
List of appropriate apps for use on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch which can be used particularly well with children who have additional support needs.
http://clickspecialednz.com/wp-content/uploads/Recomended-Apps.pdf

Longhorn, Flo
My favourite apps for special learners [part 2]
Flo Longhorn, 2011
List of appropriate apps for use on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch which can be used particularly well with children who have additional support needs.
http://v.clickspecialednz.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf-apps-for-special-learners-flo-longhorn-June11.pdf

Longhorn, Flo
My favourite apps for special learners [part 3]
Flo Longhorn, 2012
List of appropriate apps for use on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch which can be used particularly well with children who have additional support needs.
http://clickspecialednz.com/wp-content/uploads/my-favourite-apps-list-3-flo-longhorn-may-2012.pdf

Mill, Craig
iPads for communication, access, literacy and learning (iCALL) 2nd ed
CALL Scotland, 2014
ISBN 9781898042358
Guide to iPads for people using them with learners who have a range of learning and communication difficulties. Includes guidance on the basics, apps, accessibility options, preparing devices for exams, and the practicalities of maintaining and protecting devices within educational settings.
http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Resources/Books/iPads-for-Communication-Access-Literacy-and-Learning/

Presley, Ike & D'Andrea, Frances Mary
Assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired: a guide to assessment
AFB, 2008
ISBN 9780891288909
This guide will help teachers and others to understand the technology available to visually impaired students and make recommendations to individuals based upon their needs.

Articles

Bobnar, Amber
Got a new iPad? Read this!
Insight
Jul/Aug 2012, No 40, p26-29
A beginner's guide to useful features on the iPad for children who are blind and partially sighted.

Farnsworth, Adrian
Whiteboard access
Insight
Sept/Oct 2008No 17, p10-12
Outlines strategies for improving the accessibility of whiteboards for children with visual impairments.

Griffiths, Steve
Taste for Android
NB
October 2012, No 82, p27-29
Looks at the Android side of the mobile technology market.

Kahlon, Gurjit
Learning platforms: opportunities for all?
Insight
Sept/Oct 2008, No 17, p13-15
Learning platforms (generic term for a range of web-based applications: e-mail, webpages, message boards, web conferencing etc) are explored for accessibility for children with visual impairments.

Longhorn, Flo
Using iPads for "learning to look"
Insight
March/April 2012, No 38, p28-29
A short item on apps for visual attention, visual tracking & scanning and motivators.

McNaught, Alistair
Assistive technology that doesn't cost the earth
Insight
Jul/Aug 2010, No 28, p25-27
Goes through some of the options when trying to decide when existing technology can be adjusted or when specialist equipment and software is required for people with special requirements.

McNaught, Alistair
Assistive technology that doesn't cost the earth
Insight
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p29-31
Advice on how young people with sight problems can use technology at home and in the classroom.

Mitchell, John
Taking ICT further
Insight
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p22-25
Talks about the differentiated ICT curriculum at Henshaws which includes innovative use of mainstream gadgets.

Papadopoulos, Konstantinos S & Goudiras, Dimitrios B
Accessibility assistance for visually-impaired people in digital texts
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2005, Vol 23 (2), p75-83
Looks at how effectively visually impaired children handle electronic texts, including issues surrounding colour/contrast font size and glare.

Wong, Meng Ee & Cohen, Libby
School, family and other influences on assistive technology use: access and challenges for students with visual impairment in Singapore
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2011, Vol 29 (2), p130-144
Looks at the deployment of assistive technology for visually impaired pupils in Singapore.  Evidence suggests that class teachers need more support and training in the use of equipment.