In this webinar, AT Specialists Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., and Stacy Driscoll, M.Ed, show alternative ways to use AT for executive function and apps that can assist adolescents in their journey towards academic achievement and independent living.
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- [Ana-Maria] Good afternoon everybody. Welcome to the CTD Webinar, AT and App support for Executive Function, Middle School through Post-Secondary. We are pleased to welcome Diana Petschauer and Stacy Driscoll today, and I'm gonna pass it off to them, and they can get started.
- [Diana] Great, thank you very much, Ana-Maria, and just waiting for the share button to pop up on my screen. I'll be sharing my audience with you very shortly. So, welcome this afternoon, or this evening, depending on your time zone. Thanks for joining us today. I'm Diana Petschauer, as mentioned. I'm a RESNA certified assistive technology professional, and founder of the company Assistive Technology for Education. I'm co-presenting this evening with Stacy Driscoll, who will be introducing herself shortly, and getting you started, and we have a lot of information to share with you.
I want you to be aware of the two handouts that should be available to you on your screen. The first is the Google slide presentation, and this is just a collection of information about this evening's webinar, as well as the link to the Google Doc, which should also be on your screen. The Google Doc Handout, it will look like this. Executive Functioning App Matrix, and Stacy and I will both be presenting this afternoon on apps and assisted technologies from this handout. We won't have enough time, certainly, to address all of them, but it's a phenomenal resource for you to refer back to, and for you to have saved in your Google Drive for any resources that you need after tonight's training. There will also be an evaluation at the end. Certainly a question surveying evaluation at the end. Please make sure that you take time to fill that out.
The webinar is certainly free to you from CTD, Center on Technology and Disability, and we'd certainly love your feedback to know if you appreciate webinars such as this one, or what other types of training you're looking for. So, we are going to get started. Again, just a little background about Stacy and I. We're assistive technology professionals. We travel throughout New England, as well as nationally for assistive technology assessments and training, professional development workshops, and larger workshops. We will be at ATIA next week with some of our other consultants. If you're going to be there in Orlando, check out the schedule and hopefully meet up with us at some sessions, or at a pre-conference. And I'm going to turn it over to Stacy now to get us started with this afternoon's training.
- [Stacy] Okay, good evening. My name is Stacy Driscoll, and I am a consultant with Diana at AT for Education. I also work for the New Hampshire state AT program. Every state has an assistive technology program, as well as doing some consulting on my own, as well as a lot with Diana, which has been wonderful for me. So, I'm going to start out talking about some apps for the iPad, and also talking about the accessibility features. We talked about in the documents that you have you can see that there are the prices for the iOS app, as well as Google. I tend to recommend apps for Apple much more than Android, because Apple does a much better job with the accessibility features, developing things that are really good for someone with a limitation, disability.
So, the iOS, because that is a closed market, do tend to be much better apps than Google, where anybody can make an app and put that out there. That isn't to say that there aren't some good Google Android apps, but over the most part, a lot of these great apps come on the iPad, iPhone. So, we're gonna be talking about some of these apps. I'm gonna start out with what comes standard on the iPad, and then move into some other apps. So, thinking about the calendar that comes standard, you can always know the date. You can see how this is on my screen here that it's always gonna tell you with the calendar you know what the date is. We know it's Wednesday. We know it's the 20th. So, by clicking on, woops, I know what I did. I'm treating my computer as an iPad here.
So, looking at the computer, looking at the iPad and the calendar, you can see the date. The date is in red. We have what we need to do for that day. There is a plus right here in the upper right hand corner. We can click on that and easily add an event that we want to do. So, we are going to say that, let's just say tomorrow I need to, we're just gonna put go to doctor, and I'm on a Bluetooth keyboard, which is why the keyboard isn't coming up here for you. I can add a location. We can see the date that I want to do that. I can just slide up that I want to do that tomorrow. I want to do it at three p.m. It's gonna end at four, and this side's sliding up. I can set an alert.
So, for someone with executive functioning, they may have this event that you need to do, but you need to be alerted of it. So, knowing what time of day, and how much ahead of time they need to be reminded. So, we can say that I want to be reminded two hours before. It will also give me a second alert. So, I can be notified the day before if I needed to, two hours before, and then again, 15 minutes before to make sure that I'm gonna actually do that particular event, task that needs to be done. So, this is the calendar. We can also share calendars and sync calendars. I know just in our house that helps very much, because everybody knows where everyone else is, and we can easily get to that and know who needs to be where.
So, we have the calendars, and then we can also look at it in a day view, a week view, or the whole month, and then the year, and just by clicking on a date, you can get to that particular day. So, we're going to close out of, hang on one second. We need AirServer. Give me one second to get back up. Alright, perfect. Okay, so now we're going to go on to the next app, which is our reminder app, and with our reminder app you can see we can easily add a reminder here with the plus, and so I want to be reminded that tomorrow is trash day, and so I can put that on. By clicking this little eye, I can put in information so that it can remind me on a particular day, when do I want that alarm, have it repeated. If someone has a smart watch, all of these reminders can be sent to their smart watch, and so they have that captive feedback, down feedback, all of those things. Again, you can have different lists here of what is scheduled to be added in your reminders.
I will say that sometimes the reminders, they don't disappear. You sometimes have to go through manually and delete them. So, once you click it off as done, it doesn't necessarily go away. That can become cumbersome for somebody. So, just a warning on that automatic reminder that comes standard. So, also looking at the settings in our Notifications. Any apps that we have, we want to go into Notifications, and you can see on the side, most us of start out with going to General. Three above that is Notifications, and it's in red. And with Notifications, all of the Apps anything that's on your iPad is going to be in your Notifications. Oh, we're losing my screen.
Okay, so they're all going to be in you Notifications. So by going through and looking at the app, we're going to be looking at the App 30/30. So, if I close Notifications, if I set a reminder in that, I'm not going to hear anything from that because it's turned off. So if I turn that back on, I can show it in my Notifications Center, which is the one we pulled down from the top, our Notifications. We can turn on the sound, the Badge icon, we can show it in our lock screen, so if our screen is closed it's still going to show us that we have a reminder. This is what's really important, at the bottom, it says the alert file went unlocked, and so it gives us none. So if you set it for None, it's not going to alert you with any visual. If you set it for Banner, which is here in the middle, it's going to flash at the top, and then it's going to disappear.
So anyone with a executive functioning dysfunction, that banner is going to show, and it's going to disappear, and that reminder is gone. I mean, I know myself, something pops up, you see it, and then you're on to something else. The thing with Alert, is it shows up in the middle of the screen here, and then you have two options. You can dismiss it, or you can go to the App. So then you would be able to click and do and cancel, whatever, or put on a snooze or whatever it is that is your alarm. So putting it on Alert at least makes you physically do something and makes the student physically do something to acknowledge that alert. If you have None or Banners, they can easily ignore it. And having it show on your locked screen here, if that alert comes up, it's not going to disappear until you actually do something about it. So that's really important to have those notifications set.
And so you can see on here, some of my apps, I have off, well, because I have a lot on here, because I show a lot of different things. I don't need it all reminding me. The Notifications comes up in the beginning when you first start an app, and it will ask do you want to turn Notifications on or off. If you say no, this is where you go in in order to change those Notifications for what you want and how to change those. And then also those that are built in like your Calendar, you can see the Calendar here and what we can turn on and off. We can look at just are upcoming events, how we want to be alerted of those. Invitations, so if somebody invites us to an event, we want to add it to the Calendar, we can also be alerted to that. And however we want that stated. So you might not want notifications of everything. So making sure those are set and also we talked about Reminders, which are down here somewhere. Here we go, Reminders. And so you can set your notifications for reminders as well.
The next thing we're going to talk about is going to Safari. If the Safari helps our ability to search the internet. So our web browser. And so there are lots of different news articles that students may be looking at. And a lot of students can get distracted by the screen that just has so much on it, and so many pictures. But they need to look at and read some of these articles. So we're in the New York Times. I know my daughter's a junior in high school, so she uses New York Times a lot when doing research for English. And there may be an ice planet. So in here we can find our article. Clicking on it, there may be an ice planet. It's gonna pull that article. There's still some extra things that on the page that can be distracting.
Alright, so we're on New York Times in Safari, and all the way to the left are the bars next to where it says New York Times. If I click on this, it's going to clear away all that extraneous noise, per say, of what's on the side and just give you the article. It can also, to the right of the search bar, they have a small A and a large A. If we tap on that, and then we look at the small A and the large A, and we can go larger to make the text larger. If students need that text to be larger, and then we can also go smaller to make that smaller as well.
So there are some options there to help students get rid of all that extra noise that they may have while trying to read an article, and that works on anything that those four bars are at the top, it will take everything out around them. The next thing that is also built in is the Notes. And so with the Notes, we get our screen, so it saves our notes. It will also sync between devices, and then we can add a new note. We're in a new note. I'm going to turn my external keyboard off so you can see here the onscreen keyboard. So I can type, and I can say, "This is a..." And you can that within this, there's now word prediction, so that I can actually just tap on the word, and that will give me some choices, in order to make those sentences.
We can also change, tapping the two As here, whether we want a title heading, bolded list. We can also make check marks, so if we needed to check things off and make a check list, we can add pictures from our, you can either take a photo, or we can add pictures from the cameral roll in here. And we also can actually draw now, which is a new feature with the updated Notes of iOS 9. And so now I have a pencil and I can change the color, underline it, and then up at the left-hand corner, I can go back, woops, that's very strange. So I need to go back to the note. I'm done. Add that to the note that I am on.
Alright, so let's get moving into, I actually want to show you Guided Access. My PlayHome is not an app for executive functioning, but looking at our Settings, and if we go to General, and then we go down to Accessibility, and then down, Guided Access. I turned Guided Access on. Guided Access locks someone in a particular app. They can't go out of it. It also can set a time limit, so you can actually set a time that you want so much time for that to run. So you could set it to be a shortcut, which would be a triple click. So we're going to go into my PlayHome. I'm going to triple click, one, two, three. Guided Access is started to give me two minutes. Well, I wanted to change it to one, but apparently it has us keep going in here.
So it has been set for a timer to show on here. And we can actually play with the lights out in this app. Going through in the nighttime mode. There we go, we're in the day, and so we can close the shades. Child can play with this particular app, and then at the end, it will give them a 30-second warning, and it will give them a little ding, 30 seconds or less, and then it counts down of how much time is left for them. You can get out of this with a triple click, one, two, three. Gives you a passcode. Leave the passcode in, and then you can either resume, or you can end it. A hardware button so if you want to actually set it so that they cannot change the volume button, so that they cannot go to the home button, so that's sweet, and wait, you can change that, you can change the touch of what parts you want to block out for them to see, and then my time limit here, you can set it here for as long as you want. You can turn the time limit on and off.
So if you don't want to set them for a time limit, you can leave that off, and then it will just have them locked in. And so if I hit resume, it will give me back the four minutes and set it running. We're going to move on. Just said it was ended. Okay, our first app we're going to look at is 30/30. And so 30/30 is very simple app, kind of gesture based, so we can know what those gestures are for this particular app. And so students come home from school, and they want to get all of those tasks done. And so we can say to a student that they need to get their homework done.
But thinking about that, what are all those sub steps? That's like in the morning, get it, get ready. Well, what does that include? And that includes getting dressed, brushing your teeth, and eating breakfast. But even eating breakfast has a whole bunch of sub tasks. Getting ready in the morning, and showering, and picking out your clothes, and doing your hair. There are lots of different sub tasks. So saying to a student with some executive dysfunction that they need to do their homework, is much too overwhelming. And so this breaks down that homework task for them, and you can make whatever tasks you want that they need to do and give them a timer for each.
So, when a student gets home, they might need to eat snack. I set 18 minutes for that, whatever's reasonable. Get there materials for their homework. So I gave five minutes for getting their materials for their homework. In order to add something here, you pinch two fingers, but you go out. I sometimes use two separate fingers, so it's automatically set for 30 minutes, but we can change it. So after we get all their materials, so we want them to then work on math. And we're going to set that time. We don't think they really need to do it for 30 minutes. This might be a young student, so maybe we're going to say that they're going to do it for 20 minutes. I can lower that. They're not going to try to see them, so now it will work, kay, and then we wanna change this.
Okay, had to hold onto it a little bit longer. So we're going to say 15. If you just do 15, you'll end up with 15 seconds, so you'll need to add those two zeros. And then when I click Done, it's going to add that there. So you can see that it gives you a timer for eating that snack, so when we hit play, it's going to actually start. You can see that it's actually giving you a visual of what 18 minutes looks like. We're not going to run through this, but you can see how that's going around 18 minutes. If we need to add five minutes, it'll lock it so the student doesn't see those tasks.
And then when we're done, we can swipe it to the left, and it goes to the bottom, and we can reuse this. If we want to delete this and say that we're completely done, we swipe to the right. So we're gonna say we're done with that. It goes to the next step, which then gives us five minutes, and so we can just hit that, oops, we're on pause, and it's going to start counting down there, and again, they see the visual. So we're going to go out of 30/30. We're gonna go to ChoiceWorks, which is one of my favorites, and so, oops a little distorted on my screen. I'm not sure if it is on your screen. So this actually comes portrait, not landscape, on your iPad, this is the schedule that is here. And I'm gonna turn on my speakers. Hopefully you won't get any feedback, so that you can hear what this sounds like. So, it will actually read the schedule for you.
- [Computer Narrator] My nighttime schedule, first I need to eat dinner, take a bath, put on pajamas, brush teeth
- [Stacy] Okay, so I just stopped that. It goes through. We can set a timer for any of these tasks that we need, and then after we're done,
- [Computer Narrator Child] All done.
- [Stacy] We move it over. So this is kind of childish. It comes with all of these icons. You can set it up very easily. It leaves it all in this child's voice. But we can also add our own, so I made one for planting flowers. And it actually has my voice, and I recorded my voice doing that. So,
- [Computer Narrator Child] My schedule, first I need to
- [Computer Narrator Stacy] First we are going to collect tools. Next we are going to find a good spot. Then you're going to dig holes.
- [Computer Narrator Child] My schedule, first I need to
- [Computer Narrator Stacy] First we are going to collect tools
- [Stacy] Kay, tryin' to stop it. There we go, okay. So, you can see that anywhere that I added my voice, I cannot change it for the beginning itself, but then as I move these over.
- [Computer Narrator Child] All done.
- [Stacy] It's going to have my voice. It's gonna say "All done" in the built in voice as well. There are also schedule, waiting, and feelings. So for waiting for how long and then what we can do after, and there also feeling books. So the feeling books are the green, and so when I'm upset, and what I can do, and then what the choices are there, and it will also read this aloud. So hopefully you aren't getting any feedback there. I turned off my mic.
First Then Visual Schedule also comes with some built in and then you can edit on your own. So this bottom right hand corner is the settings gear, and if you want to be editing it, you need to turn on Edit here. If you do not turn on Edit, you won't be able to be editing anything. And sometimes if you try to do something, it was stuck once. I was like, why isn't this working? It was because I had it on. I think I had it on Edit when I was trying to just be running it. So be careful of that. There's also a lot of settings here. You can print out a schedule, so if you need that to be a backup for a student.
You can also share the schedule via email. So we can share the schedule. And I just need to click on it in order to share it. And then, looking at showing a different timer if you want it to or not. And then also looking at labeling First Then if a student needs that as well. So we're gonna look at Morning School Routine. So a lot of the different ways that we set up Visual Schedule are all on here. So we can just have one item at a time. Looking across the bottom, we can go from using one and knowing what the next item is. We can have a list of everything that needs to be done. And we can scroll up to see the rest of them. We can actually have that digital envelope as opposed to the physical envelope.
And then if you complete something we can put in the envelope, and then we can also move things over like we would with a Velcro board as well. And then within this, I'm going back to just the single. We have the items. We can set a timer on here. That would have to have editing on in order to set a timer, whether we want it to be checked off or not. And then we have our timer here showing exactly what the next thing and then how much we have set for a timer. So a ton of great things that you can do with this app. The Choiceworks is like $6.99. This, I think, last I checked, was like $12.99. But just the ability to actually print those out and have a backup as well as being able to share those are great resources.
Now we can look at Aida Reminder. A lot of students, a lot of people need to hear their voice. And so you can actually set a voice reminder. So by clicking a Voice Reminder and then, okay, we've set a reminder. We need to do our math homework. It's telling us. Because I had that notification, it popped up, so we're going back to 30/30 when you close that so that it doesn't continue. So we want to record something and do a sound reminder. So we're going to set the reminder. Bring home your English binder and your math book so that you can complete homework page 59. Kay, so a 12-second clip, and then we can hit next. And it's going to say, it is a one-time reminder. Do we want to do it all the time? This is a one-time reminder, homework reminder.
We want the sound to be the voice. So what I just said is going to the reminder. I can set the time for it, a pre-alarm, post-alarm, snooze. I can shorten the calendar or not. And then, we can set it for a time to say that, and then that will say that aloud. And we can save it, and so that's going to actually pop up, and we'll be able to listen to that reminder in the next five minutes. Due is an app that, personally, I use all of the time. And I have it on my iPhone, and it's connected to my iWatch. And so any time I have a reminder, I have the sound on my watch turned off. It just taps me a little bit, and I'm able to look down and see, "Ope, that's what I needed to do." And I can mark that off as done. Or I can snooze it and know what I need to do.
I have my snooze set at different times depending on what it is. It can go an hour. Hour's the default. And so I use that. But this will also pop up as your reminder. And so I want to add a reminder. And this is what you get when you're adding your reminder. You can also use the microphone on the keyboard if you want to save something. And then, so I can say, remind me, I'm gonna say, call Diana. Truth be told, there are a lot of reminders that say Diana. And I'm going to put that for Thursday. And I'm going to put it at 2:25. And you can see.
Also there's set times. They give you some pre-set times. And also the plus and minus 10 minutes, an hour, three hours, or a day. You can change those of what you want to come up. 9:30 was on my phone. I have it for 6:30 in the morning because if I need a reminder in the morning, by 9:30, I'm long gone from the house. So if it's something I need to do before I leave work, It's gonna have to be set for 6:30. I can then change my snooze. So this says every minute. I might say every 15 minutes. I have this paid for on my phone. And then you can reset it and hit Okay. And so that's gonna give me that reminder and tomorrow it will pop up, and I will know that I need to do that. Our next app is Inspiration Map. And so if you're familiar with the computer program of Inspiration, or Kidspiration, this is the same thing, except it's on an iPad. You can send it, and it can sync. You can start with a blank, and then you can also start with, there's all sorts of templates here that you can use.
So let's start with the English essay brainstorm. We're going to use the template. It opens the template. It gives me instructions of what I need to do. And then I can tap on it, and then I can add some text to there if I need to. You can add text. I can enter that with the arrow. I can move around and add another circle onto that. What I really like, and a lot of people really like about the Inspiration is the ability. There's all sorts of pictures in here that we can add. And then we also have the ability to turn it instantly into an outline. So just with that click, you can see in the top left that an arrow lets you go back.
But there's also the circle. So with the circles, I get the template of the Inspiration Map. And then with the dotted line, I get the outline, so that it's in outline form. So that's really helpful for a lot of students. Next we have, I'm still hooking onto photos. We have CanPlan on them. So Diana and I are going to kind of switch screens here and go over CanPlan a little bit. These are the ones, and so these, we're going to go with Make Coffee. And so she already has this in here, and so I can hit Speak at the bottom. Before we start this, let's go back to AidaReminder. You can see our reminder pops up. I can't do anything with CanPlan until I either close AidaReminder, or open AidaReminder and go to it. So let's go to open it, and before I click on that, we're gonna see. I wanted to play this while we were. There we go. Let's see if we can play it again.
- [Voice Reminder] Bring home your English binder and your math book, so that you can complete homework page 59.
- [Stacy] Kay, so you can see that that voice reminder is still there. I'm sure that that played when I still had the speakers off. Which is why we didn't hear it play. So now we're going to go back to CanPlan and we're going to make coffee. So we can hit start in the bottom right. Then it will go through. It also allows us in the bottom left to go back, and it gives you the directions that are written, and then you can speak it.
- [Computer Narrator] Fill coffee cups with hot water.
- [Stacy] Kay, and then they can go forward with that. And then looking at all of the apps, you can also add, I'm not going to pull my screen back up because Diana's going to share hers, but there's also the Add Task at the bottom, and then you can go through and make your own board, adding tasks, adding step-by-step, scheduling the tasks, and then it will give you a reminder as well. So, Diana, if you want to go from there?
- [Diana] Yup, sounds great. I will pull up my screen as soon as you stop sharing. I will share mine. And I will continue with the participants this evening. Going to show you a few more iOS apps for the iPad and iPhone. Just going to--
- [Stacy] I am having trouble figuring out how to stop sharing, it stops sharing my screen. Okay, got it.
- [Diana] There we go, got it. Alright, and I'm going to start sharing my screen. And what you're going to see first is the Google Slides presentation. Again, some of you have been asking about the links for the Google Slide presentation. This is what you will see when you download it. There's also a link in the bottom left of your screen for the handout which is the handout to many, many apps and this is good technology. The link to the name of the app and to find it in either the app store for the iOS or the Google Store. We will be showing some of both this evening.
And we won't get to all of these, just so you're aware, but you have this wonderful resource, so be sure to download them if you're looking for them. We have some great videos. And also a feature matching table at the bottom there. So you have both of these handout links in the bottom of your screen currently. And now I'm going to share my iPad screen so that I can continue with CanPlan and a few other Apple or iOS apps for the iPad. I'm just starting AirServer here so that you can see my iPad screen. Sometimes I touch my computer screen thinking it's going to control my iPad. And I don't have such magic.
So, now we're going to continue with CanPlan. Select the icon to the top left there, and as Stacy mentioned, this is a really great app for students or adults or young adults who need assistance with scheduling a sequence of events for a particular activity or a task. So certainly having the ability to have the option of step-by-step for example, charge my phone, or wash clothes. They can walk step-by-step with pictures or a video as well as the text, and they can hear that text out loud. It can be synthesized speech.
- [Computer Narrator] Grab detergent from cleaning closet.
- [Diana] Oop, we just lost AirServer there for a minute, it looks like. I'm going to try to bring that screen back up for you. Ah, there we go. Hopefully everybody can see my iPad now. Sorry about that. It disappeared on me for a second there as well. And the other great thing about CanPlan is that you can certainly schedule your own activities. So you can start a task and you can name that task, of course. You can choose a photo. You can take a photo with the iPad itself or with the iPhone. Or you can use a photo that you already have, which is great. And then as you add these steps, you can see where you have... the AirServer is just conking out. That's not good. Hopefully it's going to come back for you here. It could be just this particular app in general.
We may need to move on from CanPlan if it's crashing my AirServer on you. So just so that you're aware, because I don't want to waste any more time, in CanPlan you can set your own voice. You can have your own voice recorded for the reminders and you can take video clips if it's better than a picture for the step-by-step. Or you can have the synthesized speech to talk the steps out. And it's also great because you can set a particular time in the day that that is going to pop up and say, "Don't forget to wash your clothes." or "Don't forget to do this activity at school." or "Don't forget to do this activity at home." And then when you open it in your reminders, it's going to start the sequencing of events right there within your app, which is really great.
So CanPlan is a wonderful app to check out. Another app that I want to show you is called Tools 4 Students. That's the icon to the top right of my screen right now. Tools + number four + students. And there's also Tools 4 Students 2. So I'm showing the first one, Tools 4 Students. 25 graphic organizers from, I'm sure, Main Idea, Cause and Effect, TWL, Compare and Contrast, and this is again, the option to have a digital, graphic organizer for the student to fill in on their iPad. A lot of times students or adults with difficulty with handwriting, we offer them graphic organizers. We offer all the students graphic organizers. That's wonderful, but many times, if we offer them a paper graphic organizer, it's just as difficult for them to fill that in, so why not offer them the option of a digital graphic organizer. And certainly with the iPad and the Accessibility settings, there's so much that's available to them. So of course, they could type into this graphic organizer with the onscreen or an external keyboard.
Many of you who have attended previous webinars or trainings of ours know that there's now third-party keyboards that you can download. You access them by tapping on the globe once you've downloaded those keyboards. So it's no longer just the Apple iPad keyboard that you have access to. You have word prediction keyboards, so your students that have a difficult time with typing full sentences, whether it's just spelling, fine motor, et cetera, you also have things such as Swype for our students with physical disabilities.
So a lot of times with executive function needs also have other needs. And it's nice to have the option for these other keyboard for them to be able to use. I'm just gonna get back to a typical keyboard here. And also built in is that microphone, so the built-in voice recognition in the iPad is wonderful. I can hit the microphone, speak my words, and speak my answers into this graphic organizer. You can add details in the top right. There's an option for sharing, you can email this to the teacher, print it out, certainly, save it to Google Drive. Many people do things Google Drive. Adults and young adults, using Dropbox. I use both of them personally and professionally. So that the work that you do with the iPad with these students is not stuck on the iPad. Always a way to get it off and give it to someone, or turn it in digitally.
So that's Tools 4 Students. There's also Tools 4 Students 2, which is 25 more graphic organizer. And the second one, has a blank template for you to create your own, which is really great. Going to show myHomework now. myHomework, the icon says myHomework. It has a little pencil hanging down there from the blue. myHomework is an option for a digital agenda. There is an app for a digital agenda, especially for your students who have a difficult time with that paper agenda that's stuffed in the bottom of their backpack. They're supposed to be writing their reminders and the homework down in. But they don't seem to have it, or it's squished somewhere. Maybe in the back of their desk or in their backpack, brief case if they're young adults.
So with myHomework, the students can use this individually on their own to schedule reminders. Or set up homework assignments. They can check them off when they're due. Or when they're done, I should say. You can see at the bottom here, they can choose completed. Very easy to set a new homework assignment, mark it complete, et cetera. They can see what's coming up this week, today, next month. And it's also a great app if teachers want to get on board and use this, so teachers can go to the teachers app and then they would be able to send out announcements to all of their students or just a couple of their students and have it showing up automatically in this app, which is really great.
And the students that obviously connect with the teacher in that way to find out if there's any homework assignments coming up. But it's also a great digital agenda for students to use on their own even if their teacher's aren't on here, just for seeing and for planning out and scheduling those assignments. The next one on my list to show you is called Notability. That's the icon right there in the middle of the screen. It looks like a pencil and a half of a microphone. I really like Notability for students to have the independence with note taking. So many times our students who struggle with note taking have someone taking notes for them and have the option of handouts being given to them, or notes being given to them, copies of notes being given to them. And often times, especially my high school students and my college students that I work with. They'll tell you that they're not reading those notes from someone else. It's difficult for them to decipher the important information. And maybe that person's not writing down what's important to that student. So giving them the tools to be independent with note taking certainly is great.
What I like about Notability, on the left hand side, you can see that you can send out for classes. You can change the schedule very quickly and easily. And you can add a new folder in the top left just by tapping in a plus sign. Create a subject. And we can create our CPD class very quickly and easily. If we wanted to edit these folders, we just have edit. Tap Edit, it's the gear next to the class we want to edit, we can rename it. This is also where we can color code it. Color coding is great especially if you also have color coded binders going along with it. Then editing, and now I'm in my CPD class. I know I'm in it because you see that folder swipe over, and at the top of the screen it says, CPD. If I was in History, it says History at the top. If I was in Math, it says Math at the top. And you can see the little folder icon swipe over.
I'm in my CPD class, I want to take a note to the top right. I just tap on that little icon with a pencil and note paper. And now quite a few options open to me again with a wrench to the top right, I can choose my paper. Organizing my notes is great, as well as having some color-coded backgrounds sometimes for a student. Whether or not we want lines, thicker lines or smaller lines. Graph paper for our math class. Again, larger graph paper if needed. Or just blank paper.
The other benefit to Notability, there are many benefits, but another benefit, is the option to audio record. So it's audio recording as I'm taking notes as the teacher or instructor is presenting, which means that now the student can choose to print their notes, and they don't have to type everything that's important. Or they can hand write their notes. They can change the color ink, the thickness, many options here. So they can hand write if they wanted to. Certainly if it's math, they can be following along. If they were graphing, they would have graph paper up, for example. And teacher says something important they don't know how to spell, but they're going to go back to it.
So they're getting it all in audio, so they're going to be able to go back to it later. They can certainly highlight things that are important, and if they make a mistake, the eraser is there. It's very quick and easy to get rid of a mistake. The plus sign has even more bonuses for this app. Take a photo and pull it in. Take a photo of that homework and pull it into here. Take a photo of that worksheet, and pull it into here and be able to write or type on top of it. And take a photo of that giant graphic organizer on Greek Mythology that the teacher just wrote, and you don't want sloppy and bring it into your notes.
So many benefits. Web clips, stickies, really great app. I'm going to stop the recording just so you can see that you could go back later and play the audio, and I'm not sure if you're gonna be able to hear this on your end, but it does sync to the audio in the note. So that means whatever I tap on, even if I have five pages of notes, I can go to page five, tap on that part of the notes. I'm gonna hear what said exactly at that time. So for your students that have a difficult time processing, taking notes at the same time, organizing their notes, they can go back and listen, especially if it's a math problem, being done out step-by-step, and they'll be able to get back to these notes and add some. Again sharing options are wonderful on this app. Save it to Google Drive, Dropbox, email. Save those recordings in iTunes. That is Notability. And Stacy showed you quite a few apps for reminders. Even the built-in calendar reminders that are on the iPad and iPhone, especially with those notifications.
But if you're looking for a separate app for reminders, Errands is another great one to check out. So it's called Errands. You see the icon there, the little icon with a check mark in the blue. And so if I start Errands here. And Errands is really great. Sorry, is there a comment? Ope, okay, I'll keep going. I thought I heard a comment or a question. So you can see that on the left hand with Errands, I like that you can set up folders, so I can have Errands for work, or reminders for work, work for home, homework, school, et cetera. Also on the left hand side is my log book, so I can see my completed tasks that are done. Many different ways to customize that in the plus sign of course on the left. I could add a folder if I wanted to.
On the right hand side, that's where I can add my tasks. So I can give it a title. I can give it details. I can assign it to a specific folder. So let's just do a sample one real quick. And now you can see I can put my notes as a check list. I could add a photo if I wanted to, due date and time alert. And the great thing about the alert is you can have your reminder can nag you. So maybe you're the type of person like me. I get a reminder to do something, and then I got caught up doing something else, and I forgot I got that reminder. So I need that nag. I need to hear every minute or every five minutes, or maybe every hour. Go back and make sure that you did that particular activity.
So I like that feature on this app. Many great features to check out with Errands, and many options in your settings to customize the appearance in your tasks and so forth. So now we are switching gears. I'm going to stop reflecting my iPad. So those were all iPad apps. And I'm now going back to my laptop, my PC. And I'm switching gears from iOS and iPad apps to Chrome apps and extensions that might be beneficial. So for those of you who may be new to Chrome, at the bottom of my screen there, I'm just going to go to a website in Chrome.
This is our website here, AtForEd.com. Feel free to connect with us. And so at the bottom of my screen, hopefully you can see this as well, is a little beach ball, the little icon for Chrome. Chrome is a web browser. It's another way to get onto the internet, just like Internet Explorer, or Firefox, or Safari. But you have to be in Chrome in order to use these Chrome apps and extensions. So if I was to open a new window in Chrome, and click my icon for apps, the little square of squares, square of mini squares. This is going to bring me to my app page. So it kind of looks like apps on a tablet. I can scroll through several pages of my app once I download them. And my icon for extensions are on the top right of my screen and show up as little symbols or icons in the top right of my screen.
The main place where you're going to download these apps and exextensions, and again that app matrix has a link directly to these apps that we're talking about and will bring you either to the Chrome web store or to the iOS store if you're on an iPad and you wanna download on your iPad. So these Chrome apps and extensions can be download on any Mac or PC, any laptop or desk top, as well as those Chrome books that your students may be using. And some Android and Windows tablets, as well as the service pro. So think of all the apps and extensions you can be using.
This is the Chrome web store icon. You could even just Google search Chrome web store, and you're going to get to it. Looks like a little beach ball in a beach bag. This is where you're going to search for those apps and extensions that you want to use with your students. Certainly feel free to download the ones we're recommending, but come back and search here when you have time. There's so many free and low cost apps for education here. That's why some of these schools you hear going Google. You can search by topic, or subject, or you can search by teacher that you need. If you need mind mapping and brain storming, you put in mind mapping or brain storming, right in this search bar, and you are going to get many apps and extensions to check out and try for yourself. And some of them, we're going to show you this evening. So definitely make sure you check out the Chrome web store, because this is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully you find it a decent one.
And so the first one that I want to show you is called Session Buddy. And so you can see at the top of my screen, I have many, many tabs open. I have so many tabs open. I have websites open. I have my calendar open. I have my slide presentation. A lot of times, students and adults, many times when we're on a computer, we have so many things open, and then we have to shut down real quickly, go to the next class, or shut down and go to a meeting, or shut down and walk to the next place on campus, and we want to be able to get back to all these tabs we had open.
Now if we're using our own device, sometimes that's easy to do. We put it in our settings, for those of us who know how to do it. But a lot of times, students are going from one Chromebook to another or one computer to another or going to the library, and they want to be able to get back to all these things that they had open. And so the way to be able to remember this and do this is to use Session Buddy. So Session Buddy is the extensions that I downloaded in the Chrome web store. The icon is in the top right of my screen. My mouse is over it right now. It's like a little blue and white square.
The brilliant thing about Session Buddy when I click on this, is now it's listed all of the windows that I have open, no matter what it is and what I was working on. Now in the top right of my screen again, I'm hovered over the Save button. I can save this session. So I always put in the date and perhaps what I was doing at that time. And then I click Okay. And now you see to the left here, I have my saved session, so now I can go home or go to the next class or to the grocery store and come back. And when I reopen my Google, I'm going to go to my Session Buddy, and I'm going to look for that saved session. And I'll be able to click on any one of these links to get back to what I was doing at that time. Really, really great for organization and for memory and for students to keep track of those things that they were doing and those web sites that they were on.
The next one that I'm going to show you is called Connected Minds. I'm going to show you Connected Minds and Lucidchart. So again on my main app page is where I have my apps downloaded. Now apps has an extension. You get them both from the Chrome web store. Often I get asked what's the difference between them. An app is a stand-alone. You click on it. It launches, it does its own thing. An extension, which are the tiny little icons to the top of my browser here, many times they affect the website that you're on or what you're doing. So they're an extension of what you're doing. Again, they both can be downloaded from the Chrome web store. Same place. They just act a little bit differently, and they're going to show up in a different spot.
So Connected Minds, this little icon here. It looks like a head and a brain with all those synapsis connecting. Connected Minds, if we click on this app, is a great app in the Chrome web store for my mind mapping and brain storming. You can start with a blank page, of course. Add shapes. And what else I like about this is that you can add textures. So students are researching a particular topic. They're going to write a paper. Maybe they saved some images first to their pictures, and then if they do that brainstorm, and they want to map out how they're going to write that paper or do that project, they can use images instead of shapes. And a lot of students are really great visual learners, and that's a nice feature for them to be able to do.
The other one that I wanted to show you, and again, if you search for mind mapping or brainstorming in that web store, you are going to get so many others that you might find even better than these. But these are just suggestions. This is one is Lucidcharts for Education. I have a lot of teachers that love Lucidchart. Similar to Connected Minds, you can start a brand new mind map if you want to. I'm just going to sign in with my Google here. Now you can fast it's easier your students can do the same. You can start a brand new mind map, but what I like about Lucidchart is that they have this. They have this great resource of digital templates or graphic organizers already here for you to use with your students in digital format, again, so that they're able to type into it or use assistive technology.
So Venn Diagrams, Five Ws, Persuasion Maps, et cetera. You could pull up a story map, and now they have access to this graphic organizer to fill out digitally. It's pulling up here, slowly loading. There we go. Or they could create a brand new mind map with the shapes on the left hand side as well. So some great options there in Lucidchart for Education. Next on my list to show you is myHomework and My Study Life. Those are the two icons at the bottom of my screen here.
So my homework I showed you on the iPad, it's very similar in Chrome. And there's also My Study Life. I have some students that prefer one over the other, but they're both free, great to use. So again, it's the option for a digital organizer here. I'm just going to downsize the back of my screen, so that doesn't confuse you. So it's a digital organizer or online agenda, again, with the calendar view, the homework view, the option for connecting with teachers, announcements, and so forth. And again, for the students who are just going to be better at pulling up this agenda, typing it in, moving onto the next class, running across campus, this is so much easier than digging for that paper agenda and trying to jot it down, and then losing that, or losing the piece of paper that they wrote it down on. If they have this, they pull it up, they write it down, boom. It's following them, it's with them. They can carry it with them.
So I really like the idea of a visual agenda. I have a lot of students that. And onto Google Calendar. So this is just a built in Google calendar. So many people are using this already. Very quick and easy to use, built in, free. You can't beat free. And again, it's just the option for the view for the day. The week, the month, you can see what's coming up. You can just do the day if you want to. Or the week. Setting appointments is very quick and easy. You could edit the events. And when you edit the events, this is where you have the option for where is it going to take place, a description, color-coding it.
I love that you can color code Google Calendar. And also if you want to add any guests. So many times for perhaps middle school students when they start using Google Calendar, it's nice for them to add guests such as their teachers if they're going to be invited to a meeting. And likewise, teachers can invite students or set reminders and invite the students. And then it's going to automatically pop up on their calendar. So maybe they need a little learning time to learn how to use Google Calendar. And it's going to start off with a teacher inviting them to meetings, inviting them to reminders. And then it's going to end up being the students setting those reminders on their own individually. To do lists, and I'm just going to open up a new one to get to here. I'm going to back to my app again.
These are my Google apps, and I want to show you the one called Todoist. And again, don't forget, all these are listed on your handout with a link to get to them and a description. So here's the icon here for Todoist. I like this one in particular because it's so simple. It's just a nice, clean, simple interface for students who need simple, or adults. And so, it's like sticky notes, but better. You can create a new list, just by typing it in at the top and hitting Create. And then you can add to a list, just by typing into that list. So maybe I have reading to do.
Type in reading, add to my first list. I like the set-up because, again, I like to see side-by-side what I have today, what I have this week, what I have this month. I probably switch these two. Around here, these two particular lists. So, for a student who needs help with that planning, what's the most important to prioritize? What do I have coming up this weekend? What do I have coming up this month? Maybe one of the lists is after school, for after school activities. You can check it off after you've done it. You can move it in priority. So prioritize what's next, and of course, you can delete it off your list when you're done.
So again, something to remember, these apps and extensions, they follow the student's Google account. They follow the Google login. So if the student is using these tools at school on a computer and then they go home, and they have their own laptop or their own Chromebook, and they log in, all of these are waiting for them. It's linked to their account. Really great. They go to a public library and they log in, all there. Friend's house, et cetera. I really like Chrome apps and extensions because of that flexibility. They don't have to have the same device with them. They can access it on any device on any location. And it's all in their Google account.
Something important to know, is that these additional apps an extensions in Google Chrome, they're not going to work on the iPad. So, stick to the iPad list that we gave you for the iPad and Google Chrome apps and extensions, I call Everything But the iPad. I like them for Chromebooks or laptops, desktops, Service Pro, et cetera. Next on my list to show you is called Strict Workflow. So again, a student needs to be doing research, they need to be focusing on their research before writing their paper, and with Strict Workflow, it is essentially that. It is 25 minutes of strict, I'm just going to go into the options so you can see them. 25 minutes of strict work only, and then a five minute break. And you can see here that you can set the websites. They already have some great suggestions already in here.
Addictinggames.com, you definitely want to block that. Facebook, YouTube, perhaps maybe not YouTube. They might be using that for their research. But that's a tough one to call. But you can see. You can set the list of websites that you want to block. So if they're working, they have to work for 25 minutes. If they try to go on one of those distracting websites, it's going to say, "Oops, get back to work. "You know, you're not allowed to go to that website right now. And then they'll get a five minute break, and they can restart it again after that session ends. I think so many people can benefit from this. Adults benefit from it, young adults, et cetera.
When you really want to stay focused, and you know that you're a person that will get distracted, Strict Workflow works great. One of the limitations to Strict Workflow is you can't change the amount of work minutes. It is set to be 25 with the five-minute break, just so that you're aware of that. And the only way to stop it once you've started it is to disable the extension, itself, so it's strict for a reason. One-click timer. So I have my icon for One-click timer in the top right of my screen here. This is an extension that I downloaded from the Chrome web store. You can see when I click on it, it's a great big visual timer. I can set it for up to 60 minutes. I'm putting it on three right now, so it will run in the background. It is an audio timer. And then I can continue doing my work. You see it's counting down for three minutes there. We're gonna hear that in three minutes. Hopefully you'll be able to hear what that sounds like on my end on your end as well. But it's a nice, pleasant sound. It's not a clock one or anything, but it does alert auditorily as well as visually that the time is up.
So great for transitions. Great for planning. "Five more minutes, we're going to work on this before "you go onto the next activity." And again, if you are in that Chrome web store and you search for timers, you're going to find many options. I have another one on the right side of my screen. Progress Bar Timer, so check those out for your students that need audio and visual timers. Many Chrome apps and extensions to use for that feature.
And now, Readability. I am going into CNN to show you readability. CNN is one of those websites your students might be going to for research, and they're going to pick an article. I'm just going to scroll down here. And let's see. We don't want to read anything too depressing this evening, right? So let's keep it light. Monster storm on the way. That shouldn't be too bad. Let's see who's getting snow.
So when a student is researching or an individual is researching and automatically, there we go. All these wonderful ads that we are so interested in watching and videos popping up distracting us. And we just want to read this article and take the important information from this article without all the distractions and clutter. So Readability is that icon at the top right. Many of you may already be using it or heard of it. Another person or individual or company, somebody who's joining us tonight mentioned Clearly by Evernote. I love Clearly. I have that as well, but unfortunately we were just told that Evernote is not longer going to support Clearly. So, it's still another option right now. I just don't know how long they're going to support it for, but another great free option, indeed.
This one is Readability. If you click on Readability, you have these options, you can read it now, save it for later, or send it to your Kindle. So some great features. We're going to choose Read Now, and you can see it's cleaning up this website for me. Look how beautiful that is, so now I just have this nice, clean article to read and focus on. I don't have the videos. I don't have the ads or distractions.
To the left hand side, I have options for fonts. This is great for all individuals and students if you want to make the text font bigger or if you want to have nighttime mode for high contrast, which is nice as well. Even for our students who may be low visioned or just easily distracted, that's a nice feature. And the option to share, send, or download this article, or print it, and of course, send to Kindle. Alright, what's next on my list for you? Oh, my list is up, and I'm going to stop sharing my screen because I going to switch back over to Stacy now, so that she can talk to you about some smart watches.
- [Stacy] Okay, so on your matrix, there's a section, on pager seven, that has smart watches and has information about the Apple Watch and the Pebbles Watch. I've prepared two videos to show you about each of those and the Martian Watch is another watch that I have tried out. It's really large. I have tiny wrists. It's definitely for a man. It would be much better. I have played around with it. I haven't really warn it because it's just too big for me. But know a few people who have it and really swear by that. The reVIVE is not a watch, but it's just a reminder. So it's just students who may need to get back on track, it will randomly just vibrate for them to kind of click back to what they need to do. You can see that Luis Perez's Tips and Tricks that is an iBook. It's 99 cents, but has some great resources in there.
- [Instructor] Kay, we're going to talk about the Apple Watch. And so we have the face there, and by clicking on this crown, we are able to get to all of our apps. So with my finger, I can swipe around. I really like the Apple Watch for executive functioning because you really can use it to give reminders. So I use it with Due all the time. And I put my reminders with my phone, and I'm able to set my reminders, and then when they go off, they come to my watch, and when they come to my watch, I get that haptic feedback, so it gives me that little tap tap, and I know that I need to look at my watch to find out what it is that I need to do. I can snooze it right from the watch as well or I can dismiss it. I can also mark it as done. So if I've done it, I can also mark it as done.
Within in the Due app, we can set it so that it will so that it will snooze at a certain amount of time. So it can be hourly. It can be every ten minutes, things like that. I can also within the Due app, set it right from my app if I want to hit a reminder. Trying to keep my fingers out of your way. So I can hit this plus. Remind me to take out the trash. I hit done. I could have just put take out the trash. It gives me that reminder. My automatic set is for 6:05 p.m. I can either confirm that, or I can reschedule it. When I reschedule it, the times that are automatically set on the Due app come up as my options. I can add or subtract time, or days, depending on what I need, so I have some flexibility.
The same as within the app to set that to when I need it to be. So I'm going to set it for 12:00 a.m. Or sorry, 12:00 p.m. today, and then I can confirm that. I can also go to my watch and I can see everything that's set for me. It has just reminded me that I need to make my Apple watch video. And so you can see that my options are, I can mark as done, I can push it off for another hour, or I can dismiss it. I'm going to mark it as Done. And so that disappears.
We can also go back to the Home, and when we slide down, this gives us No Notifications, but if we have notifications of emails get sent to the watch. My text messages get sent to the watch. Even my Facebook notifications get sent, so lots of notifications. We can also set alarms from here, so if we're swiping up from the bottom, I have the option, my ringer is off. I can find my phone just by pinging my phone. You'll hear my phone in a second here. And so we found the phone. I can also swipe. It gives me my activity for the day. It gives me the temperature. It gives me my calendar. I've set it of what I want to see. What is overdue and what I need to do, so I can check those out as well, and then as well as my heart rate.
So I have those listed as well for that homepage. I also can set a reminder and use Siri, so just by pressing this. Set an alarm for 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. So it's setting my alarm. It gives me my alarms, and it shows me when I scroll up that 2:30 p.m. There is an alarm set. So lots of ways that we can use that for executive functioning. Now we're gonna show a video of the Pebbles Watch. So, this is an older model of the Pebbles Watch, and you can see that we can change the date, but we have our home bottom here on the left. I'm just going to reach over here. And then we have our three buttons here for selecting. So we select that middle button.
So we have our music, and we can play our music back from there. We can hit this top button to play our music. We can also scroll, actually I'm going to look up here, sonar button, alright, No Music Found, but you can see that we have our scrolling buttons and then our play button if there was music found here. And then to go back, we go from the left, and it goes back. Now we can go to notifications. There aren't currently any notifications. We can go back here. We have alarms. Oops, sorry. I'm going to scroll down to Alarms. I going to click on alarms, and we have some alarms.
We can turn them on and off. So if we click on the 12:37 p.m., it says Off. If I click on that, I can enable, I can edit, or I can delete it. If I wanna edit, I can go down. If I really want to enable, I go back up. The center button enables it. So you can see that that is now on as well. We also have options to do a new alarm, and also to change our snooze delay. And then we can go back. We can change our watch faces. We can use our Smartwatch, some settings, and then there are some Pebblets in here. So with here, there's a calendar. There is a calculator, so if we want a calculator, there's a calculator. We can go back.
There's also a stopwatch. There's also a stopwatch and a timer, so if I want a timer, I can click that, change my hours, seconds, and then I can start that as well. If I want a timer. There are also apps for the Pebbles Watch that you can add through your smart watch which will work with either an Android or an Apple device. And so you add some apps there, and then you can add some reminders and such things to your Pebbles Watch, and you'll get notification and the vibration and have to feedback on this.
So you heard me say that this can be both Apple and Android. Also remembering that what I showed is comes standard with the Pebbles Watch. And that you can, just like the Apple Watch, add many, many apps that comes with Pebbles. So if you look in whichever you have, Android or Apple, if you look in the app store, and you look for something of Pebbles, it will show you all of the different apps that you can download and that would then connect with your watch. So, Diana, do you want to continue? Are we going to open it to questions?
- [Diana] Ope, sorry about that. I was on mute when I was talking
- [Stacy] Okay.
- [Diana] Thank you, Stacy, so much for sharing. I'm going to share my screen. I think we have enough time for me to share just a few of the free web resources that are also listed on your app matrix and then we will open it up for questions. Before I show you the free resources, just because I was scrolling back to get an idea if there were any questions while I was presenting. When we present, we can't see the chat at the same time, just so that you are aware, in the audience.
So I was ask to compare Session Buddy, which kept track of all your tabs to OneTab. So OneTab is another option for that extension. The additional benefit are different I guess. With the OneTab, when you click the OneTab extension icon to the top right, what it does, it consolidates all your open tabs to OneTab. This is great because if you have several tabs open at one time, it can slow down your computer significantly and just be distracting. And you can see that you have that list, all of the links that you were on to get back to. And you can restore them all or save the page. So it's similar to Session Buddy. So thank you for that question.
And just wanted to point out again in your apps matrix, you have several hyperlinks to all these apps and assistive technologies. There's much more that we won't get to tonight. And the free resources as well as some great videos. And so I believe I have, there we go, nope, let's see. There it is. So the app matrix does have a link to Luis Perez's Apple Watch Tips and Tricks, so if you're interested in more great information on using that Apple watch, you can download this in the iBook store, and it's really, really phenomenal with videos and step-by-step tutorials. So check that out. It is a hyperlink in your handout.
One of the free resources listed is SimpleMind. So if you're just looking for another option for mind mapping and brainstorming, there is a link to SimpleMind. And also in the beta form right now. Beta testing is Edusync, E-D-U-S-Y-N-C, Edusync. So there's a TeacherCal, and it's EduCal for the students. And what's great is they're essentially just building this right into Google and Google Calendars. So check out these videos. And it is the option for students and teachers again to share their calendars, set reminders, see what's coming up for homework, and get those announcements, and so forth. And it's all free, so you can check this out. I really think that schools and students, educators, both can benefit from using Edusync and there are a lot of schools that are trialing this right now.
Cold Turkey and the option on the Mac or the equivalent on the Mac would be SelfControl, both of the links. So very similar to the other options, Strict Workflow which is an extension. These two are just web resources. You can get them on the internet, and they have different browsers, not just Chrome. So fewer distractions, more free time. This one's Cold Turkey. You can try their free version or you can update or upgrade to their paid version. Block websites, block applications, improve focus. So again, on the PC, it would be Cold Turkey. And on the Mac, it is called SelfControl.
And one more that I just wanted to show you is Remind. Free, free, free, and easy way, and safe way for teachers to remind students through text messages. So certainly it's not appropriate for teachers to just be text messaging their students, but they can set up an entire class, send out reminders for a test or homework. All the students get it on their mobile phones and devices, and it works really great. It's all free. It's all accountable. It's all held in a nice, secure classroom type environment online. So check out Remind if you're an educator to use with your students.
And now because we have just a few minutes left, I am going to stop sharing my screen, so that we can address any questions that the audience might still have. And please feel free to type your questions right there into the Chat so that we can address them this evening. Is there a Chrome tool that will take brainstorming into an outline? Jeannie, I get asked that so many times. I haven't found one yet. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but my research has show that there's so many great mind mapping and brainstorming tools, but not one that takes it into an outline like Inspiration yet, and I say yet, because we all know it will be developed soon.
I wonder if any or all of the iOS apps are fully accessible to work with as well as Tunes and iOS, like Voiceover. Yeah, certainly, I haven't tested all of them with Voiceover, but many of the ones we recommend do work with Voiceover. And I did notice that there was another question about apps for students to use for using their voice. So many of the apps that we showed on the iPad, that built-in voice recognition, that microphone in all of the apps that we showed this evening. And on the internet in Chrome, if you go to Google Docs, there is free voice typing under Tools in Google Docs. Any student can use their voice to type now. It's free. It's called Voice Typing, built right into Google Docs. Is Readability or something like it available for Internet Explorer and Firefox? There are some add-ons that Firefox has. We don't, I don't particularly research the ones that are available for Internet Explorer or Firefox. So tonight was strictly about Chrome and iOS, but maybe somebody out there in the audience who's a participant uses Firefox or Internet Explorer add-ons more than me, and Stacy might know as well.
- [Stacy] I don't know, sorry.
- [Diana] Okay, if a student has an older iPad without the mic, there is a voice dictation option for Google. Yes, there is, exactly. Well, with older iPads, you could use the Dragon app, Dragon dictate app if you don't have the newer one, and yes, in Google Docs, there is the option for voice typing. And there's also an add-on for Google Docs called Speech Recognition. Both are free, and both allow students to type using their voice. Trying to keep up with the Chat here.
- [Stacy] Guided Access has been along since the iPad 2, so even with an older device, you still should have Guided Access.
- [Diana] And is there an app that allows students to add notes through voice input or typing for a paper. So, essentially again, if they're using the iPad, anything that you're using to write notes, whether it's Notability or Google Docs, or Microsoft Office Word apps, all of those will work with the built-in voice recognition. The iPad, if you have an older iPad, you would have to use another external app like Dragon Dictate, and then copy and paste. And if you're using Google Docs on a Chromebook or on a Mac or PC, you just open up a Google Doc, click on Tools up in your toolbar and choose Voice Typing, and your student will be able to use their voice to type.
- [Stacy] Lauri asked is there a way to have students fill out a scanned worksheet PDF on the iPad with word prediction. Notability, you can pull in and then they can fill it out on there, and I am guessing that there would be word prediction there.
- [Diana] Yes, so as far as filling out a worksheet on the iPad, I would recommend either ClaroPDF or Notability. You can take a picture of the worksheet with the iPad and put it in, and ClaroPDF will do the OCR, Optical Character to Recognition. And then you would be able to use one of those third-party keyboards to use word prediction while typing into that worksheet. Or you could use voice recognition for using their voice to type into that worksheet.
Just so that the audience is aware, we did another webinar, as well as an online course, for CTD who is hosting this webinar for you this evening, CTDInstitute.org. It's called Apps Across the Curriculum. It is recorded there, so if you want even more iPad apps, and suggestions, we did show ClaroPDF and a few others that we're talking about now just through these questions, so if you're interested in viewing those at a later time, you'd certainly be able to have access to those also. Try FastFig, I'm gonna type it into the chat, so that I don't have to spell it for math, for Chrome.
FastFig for math will allow you to type the symbols. You have to turn off the option for solving the math problem if you want them to solve it on their own, but FastFig will also work them through the math problems, different types and has many symbols for different types of math. And that's in Chrome. So also adding the websites, so if you signed up for tonight's webinar, CTDInstitute.org is where you did it. If you go under the different tabs there for the courses in the cafe, and you'll be able to find access to our previous webinars and courses on more apps across the curriculum and devices. Anything for typing math that also reads out loud? Alice, are you asking for iPad or Chrome? Thank you, Jackie, for adding that link. And yep, ClaroPDF in the app store. Thank you, David, that's the one for worksheets. iPad that reads MathML. Math Paper is great. Yup, absolutely, thank you, Jodie. Math Paper and Maud Math on the iPad, and you see.