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  • Vivien Field 30 Jun 2014 9:26pm () in voice to text for special needs students

    I am going to come at it from a different tack for you...have you thought of a different option for these SN kids?  I have a SN son, and help at his school SN Unit with iPads.  I have used an app called VastAutism to show my son how to 'speak' and then see a word.  It has a section in the App called 'mirror' where they can practice saying the word that has just been shown to them and the video has shown how its spoken.  Even though I realise you are wanting them to 'talk' and have those words translated to actual text onscreen to get them to put two and two together of that word they spoke has symbols called text. e.g. to learn to read and then write.  This App is mostly an articulation app to assist with better diction and speech but it also includes the written word.  


    and just in case you want a list of available apps for speech to text:


  • Vivien Field 12 Jun 2014 5:05pm () in Adding apps to iPads

    If you're all sharing the same account, and maybe the same iCloud settings & account then you will probably end up getting ANY Apps that have been downloaded with those accounts.  Also you need to ensure that you have Automatic Downloads turned to OFF in SETTINGS - iTunes & App Stores.  That setting if turned to ON will add Apps, Music or iBooks associated with the iTunes account.

  • Vivien Field 12 Jun 2014 5:00pm () in Volume purchasing and teachers exploring

    Removing & adding accounts within an iPad can make some apps that are associated with a specific iTunes account not work, generally though it will work, apps that were previously added will stay.  I don't think I would suggest they need a separate account in order to take an iPad home to add new apps and test them.  However, you would need to know the account password as iTunes will ask you for it on the Appstore when you go to add new Apps free or not.  So is the IT Manager willing to divulge that? Probably not.  Perhaps the IT Manager can provide all of the teachers will a separate iTunes account like one called 'TEACHER.USE' or similar that allows the ANY teacher to use the machines and to enter into Appstore along with a set password to download Apps.  I am not 100% sure but when the machines are next attached to Configurator those Apps may get overwritten and removed and all Apps configured within Configurator will go back on.  UNLESS the IT Manager adds them into the Configurator settings.  My suggestion is that the IT Manager has a POD of a few iPads for home use for the teachers to test out Apps with, then they come back at the end of holidays or whatever, give the IT Manager their recommendations and hand back these few iPads that are specifically setup with an iTunes account they can use with a known password and he/she can then upload those Apps or add them to the VPP (if they are available) and distribute those Apps to the other iPads if they want them to.

  • Vivien Field 12 Jun 2014 4:50pm () in Screen shots on ipad

    Its possible restrictions are preventing access to photos.  Check to see if you can even access the photos section or see the camera on the iPads.  If you can't then maybe configurator has set that in restrictions to OFF.  You won't be able to take photos if the camera is off and thats effectively what screen grabs/shots are.