Tutorials for built-in iPad apps

blogEntryThumbnailI have found myself doing more iPad workshops with users who consider themselves to be beginners. As a result, I spend time demonstrating basic use of iPad. I also show how to use the built-in iPad apps (e.g., Photos) for images and videos.

When teaching the built-in apps, I noticed that beginning users have difficulty grasping the concepts immediately, and they wish to have tutorials for future reference. So, I created tutorials for important features in the following built-in iPad apps: Safari, Camera, and Photos. See below for the tutorials:

Tutorials for built-in iPad apps

Note that the tutorials are for an iPad running iOS 6.

Communication board for a party

blogEntryThumbnailAt the transition center, we had a party before spring break. In order to provide an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support for the nonverbal students, I created a party communication board using the Go Talk Now app for iPad. I used the communication board on an iPad, and I printed it out for staff and parents to use.

You’ll see below that the party communication board has 9 buttons comprising pronouns, verbs, comments, and requests. It also has core vocabulary buttons for greetings (e.g., Hi, How are you, Bye) via the exclamation point button. Consequently, the communication board is an AAC support for communicating a variety of language structures beyond simple labeling of objects like food.

Party communication board

Visual menus for restaurants

blogEntryThumbnailAt the transition center where I work, there are students who buy lunch at nearby restaurants including McDonald's and Panda Express. After recently going to lunch with the students, I noticed that the individuals with limited communication didn't have a good system for independently ordering their food. They would attempt to point at the big menu in the restaurant, or a staff member would write down an order for them in advance.

Since one of the primary goals at the transition center is learning independence in the community, I didn't think the existing methods for ordering were exemplary. Instead, I thought it would be better for the students to choose their selections using a visual support with the cashier at the restaurants. So, I created visual menus for the students to choose items within their budget. See below for the menus that I created:

Visual Menus


Disneyland materials

blogEntryThumbnailYesterday, I went to Disneyland with staff, parents, and students for a class field trip. During the trip, I distributed materials (for communication and learning) to the adults and I also used the materials with students. One adult asked me if the materials would be available somehow after the trip, in case she wanted them for future use. I said I could put them on my blog so that anybody involved in the trip (or anybody else interested) could have access.

The main item I used for augmentative communication at Disneyland was this communication board created in Proloquo2Go. I created the communication board for use on my iPad during the field trip, and to print it for everyone else to use it as a paper communication board. Since it was raining on the field trip, I provided sheet protectors to keep the paper boards dry.


I also used a couple apps for Disneyland. One of the apps is called Disneyland Maps Free, which we used for determining our location in the park and deciding which direction to go for given rides. We also used it to talk about what rides we previously rode. The other app called Disneyland Explorer also helped us with navigating directions at the park, but it additionally had activities to interact with while we waited for things such as lunch. Among the activities, our favorite was the Haunted Mansion game, which required us to play a sequence of organ keys previously played by an invisible ghoul.

All in all, I think the materials were helpful in facilitating learning and communication for our students with disabilities. And I hope that anybody interested in using the materials for a future trip to Disneyland will also find them helpful.

*Disneyland photo courtesy of Sean MacEntee on flickr