‘A next generation digital book’

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Here’s an interesting take on the whole ‘future of the book’ debate.

I love the windmill.

Thanks to Ollie Bray for the link.

‘The single most amazing, life-changing, piece of equipment: the iPad

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The mother of a child with ‘Global Developmental Delay’ describes the impact of the iPad on her child’s learning:

In the 4 weeks Aleyna has had her own “pewter” she can do things she hasn’t been able to do in a whole year at school…

The iPad enables her to navigate around the touchscreen by herself without the need for a fiddly mouse and arrow control.  As a result she can now choose her games and stories.  And it is those stories that are making such a difference to her life.  We have downloaded a tranche of interactive stories, with “press me” points bringing them to life, whilst a narrator simply reads, highlighting the words.  Aleyna can’t read but loves books.  This is a magical way for her to enjoy them.

Patience is not one of Aleyna’s strong points and the glory of the iPad is the speed at which she can switch it on and immediately connect to an app.  No loading, no waiting = no meltdown.

One last little golden nugget is the 10 hour battery life – I will not go so far as to say road trips are now enjoyable, but the improvement is magnificent.

Pixie’s mum gives an extensive  list of top apps, some free, some paid for, especially for children with special needs. Well worth checking out.

Another Animated Alice

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What an energetic and intelligent depiction of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s an iPad app. We are informed that we can, tilt our

iPad to make Alice grow big as a house, or shrink to just six inches tall. This is Alice in Wonderland digitally remastered for the iPad. Play with the White Rabbit’s pocket watch – it realistically swings and bounces. Help Alice swim through a Pool of Tears. Or hand out sweets that bounce and collide with the magical talking Dodo. This wonderful lite [sic, in more ways than one] edition is the first instalment of Alice’s journey and includes an amazing selection of animated scenes. Watch as full screen physics modelling bring the classic illustrations to life.

One commentator was impressed as ‘you don’t even have to read’. But let’s not go there.

As a game it looks intriguing; as a rapid summary of a part of a story in an exciting alternative format it looks great. It’s the sort of stimulus you could show to a group of learners as a model for them to practise analysing, synthesising and evaluating knowledge and understanding of a text.

 

Game changing technology for those with disabilities

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A recent article in the New York Times describes how a severely physically disabled boy reads a book for the first time independently with an iPad.

Owen Cain depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements — he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy.

Owen, 7, does not have the strength to manoeuvre a computer mouse.

He aimed his left pointer finger at an icon on the screen, touched it — just barely — and opened the application Gravitarium, which plays music as users create landscapes of stars on the screen. Over the years, Owen’s parents had tried several computerized communications contraptions to give him an escape from his disability, but the iPad was the first that worked on the first try.

with the tiniest of movements, and thanks to the sensitivity of the iPad’s touch screen, Owen began to turn the pages of the book. He’s a normal child trapped in a not normal body,” said his father, Hamilton Cain, 45, a book editor.

Since he received the iPad, Owen has been trying to read books, and playing around with apps like Air Guitar. And, one day, he typed out on the keypad, “I want to be Han Solo for Hallowe’en”.  

Wonderful.

Thanks to Shirley Lawson for the link on the Support for All blog.