Apple has created a custom area for the App Store titled “Special Education: Learning for Everyone.” The new section contains five subsections: Communication, Hearing, Language Development, Literacy & Learning, and Organization.
The apps featured include speech-to-text app Dragon Dictation, assisted hearing app iHearClearly, and handwriting tool iWriteWords, as well as a number of other gaming, reference, and productivity apps.
Mobile Learning for All Learners
While cellphones in the classroom might not be routinely accepted, mobile devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous as educational tools. And some educators have found the iPad in particular to be well-suited for Special Education programs, as it can provide multiple paths for engagement and expression for struggling learners and special needs students.
Until now, the lists of recommended app for Special Education have been scattered across educators’ blogs. So it’s promising to see the recognition in the App Store that this is an important market.