10 assistive technology Apple and Android apps

[Listed in alphabetical order]

1. Dragon Dictation; Free

Students who have difficulty writing due to disabilities can benefit from the free Dragon Dictation app. This voice recognition technology app enables a student’s iPad or iPhone to capture and document what he/she says.

Android’s similar app: Dragon Mobile Assistant.

2. Keynote; $9.99

Keynote is a presentation app designed for a mobile device. Users can highlight data with 3D bar, line, area, and pie charts; animated with new 3D chart builds such as Crane, Grow, Radial, and Rotate.

3. Moody Me; Free

Moody Me is a journal for recording moods or emotions. This online daily journal allows a user to record daily mood with simple color coded smiley designs, take pictures of things that make a user smile, create a slideshow of images, and chart the changes in mood over time. This application is intended as a school counseling app.

Android’s similar app: Mood Meter.

4. Notability; $2.99

People learn differently and the note-taking app Notability embraces this notion. Kathleen H. McClaskey, a digital learning consultant and reoccurring guest on the special education-focused The Inclusive Class Podcast, noted that Notability works especially well with visual learners. Also, those who excel through listening may find the app’s audio recording component useful.

Android’s similar app: Simple Notepad.

5. Overdrive Media Console; Free

This application allows users to directly connect to public, college or school libraries if it is in Overdrive’s network. If a library connects itself to Overdrive’s network, it allows students to locate and borrow digital titles from home/dorm. This would be especially helpful for students who become ill or students with mobility needs.

Android’s app: Overdrive Media Console.

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