BridgingApps Fort Worth held their second meeting on June 11. Â Participants included parents, speech therapists, and special educators. Â We shared apps that could be used to promote and maintain learning over the summer, with a focus on apps for reading books, such Scholastic’s Storia app. Â We also looked at audio and eBooks that could be checked out from the public library and used with the Overdrive or Kindle apps, as well as Tumblebooks (a website that works on mobile devices), which is often available through the public library (and offers a free 30-day trial to individuals). Â One of our participants shared another eBook source called Raz-Kids, which not only will read aloud eBooks, but also lets users make their own recordings of the books. Â In addition, we discussed some resources for finding apps, including Common Sense Media’s Summer Learning Guide, Smart Apps for Special Needs, TCEA’s Recommended iPad apps, and of course the Insignio app database and BridgingApps summer educational app lists. Â Participants took advantage of the opportunity to explore iPad apps and discuss their favorite apps in small groups. Â We are looking forward to our next meeting onÂ September 10Â from 6-7!
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