Jeff sits down with the creators of the great app See.Touch.Learn.
As a music teacher, finding technology for my subject is rather difficult. There are not many apps on the market specifically designed for teaching my subject area. When I do find these music specific apps, they are mostly built as reference apps and not handy or designed for active learning. I can only imagine that finding apps which promote hands-on learning are just as difficult for a teacher who works with students with special needs.
I came across an iPad app called See.Touch.Learn. It is designed to teach students with special needs in a well thought out and very effective manner. It is an app that excels in helping students who are autistic, non-verbal, or perhaps need help identifying shapes and objects. With See.Touch.Learn., your students can begin to feel positive about their education while having fun in the process.
See.Touch.Learn is a FREE app that is designed specifically for the portability of the iPad. It combines the use of picture cards with the design and interactivity of touch screen learning. The student can quickly turn it on, and start learning from it right away. The interface is bright with great visuals to latch on to as the student navigates through the various lessons.
Anyone knows that the “traditional” way that students learn is through the use of picture cards. Having an assortment of picture cards can not only take up space, but can be quite burdensome on the pocketbook. That is where See.Touch.Learn comes into play. This app brings the picture cards onto the iPad for a very reasonable price.
In one of the lessons, the student is presented with a photo of a block and a question above the block says, “Point to the letter A”. When the student points on the block, a reassuring tone is presented. For students working on their own, each slide also has an accompanying button that can be pressed to have the question read aloud to the learner. This is the perfect app for students wishing to work on their own, or with an partner.
After hitting the “next” button, the second slide presents the original block, and a second block. Again the question presented is “Point to the Letter A.” A correct answer rings a “ding” and an incorrect answer brings a buzzer. This pattern happens again as the slides progress. After a few slides and a few different questions, the learner will learn to differentiate between blocks with the letter A and the letter D. Each slide is presented with a high resolution color graphic that is bright and fun to look at.
See.Touch.Learn. comes with many lessons which are designed to help students with special needs. Extra lessons are available through in app purchases. An important feature to this app is the way it is customizable. Many who have been using this app with their classes have posted that they have designed their own lessons and recorded their own voices in the program.
The most important question you ask when looking at an education all is; “Does it work?” The answer is clearly YES. The iPad by design is meant to be portable and easy to manipulate through touch. See.Touch.Learn uses these two features to its advantage. The elegant design and simple touch screen of the iPad are what makes it a perfect learning tool for students with special needs. According to the app’s website, “The pairing of cutting edge technology from Apple and other manufacturers with Brain Parade software designed specifically for special needs will transform the learning processes for those striving to overcome developmental challenges.”
See.Touch.Learn. is available for Free at the Apple iTunes store where it consistently pulls 4 and 5 star ratings. Due to its successes in the field of education, See.Touch.Learn was chosen by Apple as one of just eight educational apps to be featured in U.S. stores.
The See.Touch.Learn™ App
- Available as a FREE download from the Apple iTunes store
- Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and lessons created by a certified behavior analyst.
- A selection of more than 20 card libraries on a wide range of subjects with more being added constantly
- A premium version of See.Touch.Learn™ with advanced features will also available for a nominal charge
- Foreign language versions available shortly, beginning with a Spanish version