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Monday, February 4, 2013

Great Apps for Students with LD: Organization & Study (Executive Function)

From NCLD.org - The National Center for Learning Disabilities

By Darla Hatton and Kaila Hatton
February 1, 2013

Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with study skills like getting and staying organized—a crucial executive function skill—and remembering what needs to happen and when.

My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I have researched and/or tested the following apps, and she’s found them especially helpful. We know that every person has slightly different needs, but it’s worth taking the time to find out which apps work for your child.

Clicking on the name of an app below will take you directly to its listing on iTunes.

iStudiez Pro
A great app for students, teachers, and parents. It helps you stay on track by scheduling your appointments and reminding you of deadlines. Its features may be more intuitive for high school and college students.

inClass
This app helps students keep track of their courses through more efficient note-taking: video notes, audio notes, and photo notes.
 
Next Thing is a task manager and scheduling aid that's comparable to a “digital sticky note.”

iThoughts
This in-depth mapping tool allows students to visually organize their thoughts, ideas, and information. It could be especially helpful to older students when organizing thoughts for writing papers.

Popplet
Like to brainstorm? Maybe you or your child have too many ideas to keep track of one time? Keep your ground-breaking new ideas organized with Popplet.

Flashcards Deluxe
These aren't your ordinary flashcards! Cards can have up to five sides (imagine: one side pronounces a word; another provides a visual cue; another spells it with a visual; and so on), and customizable colors and themes will help students tailor cards to their needs.

Dropbox
This popular file-sharing software is a great organizational tool for keeping all of your files accessible no matter where you are.

Alarm Clock Free
This free alarm clock for the iPad comes with snooze and sound fade-in features. It displays live, local weather conditions, which can help you or your child visualize what to wear as soon as the day begins.

mSecure
This password manager and protector keeps track of crucial personal information and protects it from potential threats.

GoodReader
GoodReader has been praised for its annotating capabilities and quick pace when managing large PDF and TXT files, manuals, and books. Its multi-tab option makes it easy to switch back and forth between documents when studying.

 iAnnotate PDF
This 2012 Tabby Award Winner for "Best Productivity" offers customizable annotation features like highlight colors and personalized stamps.

PDF Expert
Read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, and take notes with PDF Expert, which is compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat.

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Note: All of these mobile apps were researched and/or tested by our mother-daughter team in December, 2012 on Apple products like the iPhone and iPad. New editions may change the nature of an app, making it more or less LD-friendly. “New” may not mean “better” for you. Also, our recommendations don’t include complimentary apps that require you to buy a full version of a program.

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Darla Hatton and Kaila, her teenage daughter (who has dyslexia) have been active members of the larger LD community for years, including giving presentations at the Family Cafe's Annual Conference in Florida. They’re committed to sharing information and supporting the success of individuals with learning disabilities.

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