notice: verbally – Best and most cost effective (FREE) Word power app for iPad « Technology in (Spl) Educati Verbally is by far the best AAC app that I have seen except it doesn’t have any support for icons. This leaves lots of younger kids out but this is one of the best and low cost solutions for kids who are older and can read text and people who lost speech due to other reasons such as storke or accide

Technology in Education – Recommended Apps by IEP Goals/Skills and some useful tools

Apps by Goal – Our guiding priciple is “Bang for the Buck’. No matter what the cost of the app as long as it provides value for the money we are happy include them here. So far we downloaded over 800 Educational apps and went thru almost all of them. This is a result of all the hard work over the past 6 months.

All the apps listed are reviewed by us and are confident they provide ‘Bang for the Buck’. There are many more apps that may meet this criteria but we haven’t reviewed them. As you can see some of the apps cover more than one Goal/Skill. Make sure you pick the one that covers more than one skill. We will be publishing Goals by App (What goals each app covers) to give you help you determine which apps to buy. Almost 50% of the apps listed are FREE so there is no need to think, just download them to your computer and sync to your device when you need them. Don’t under estimate these FREE apps. Some of them are as good as their paid counterparts.

Note to Developers: If you think your app provides “Bang for the Buck” and would like to be listed here, please contact us using Contact us page on our website.

Note: Mouse over to see the app name.

Featured Apps

2.99 $3.99 $0.99 $2.99
FREE $1.99 $34.99 $0.99


AAC is an ocean and only an Assistive Technologist can give you a proper advice. To learn more about the other apps, please visit Apps for AAC by Jane Farral Read more…

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WhoAmI Animals by Technolio Inc – An Animal sounds app with a twist (FREE for now)

WhoAmI Animals

WhoAmI Animals

WhoAmI Animals by Technolio Inc.

Quick Review: There are tons of Animal identification/sounds apps but this one added some twist to it to make it more challenging. The game is easy, a close-up view of the animal will be shown followed by a voice saying a characteristic of that animal. The child will then have to choose from one of the animals on the three buttons on the left. If they choose correctly the voice will say the animals name followed by an animal sound. See the video below to see this app in action.

IEP Goals/Skills: First Words, Environmental Sounds

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Slide & Spin by – Another FREE app for Fine motor skills

Slide & Spin

Slide & Spin

Slide & Spin by

Quick Review:  This is designed for little kids but will work well for Finemotor skills development.  Slide & Spin is designed for toddlers aged 1.5+ to help them develop fine motor skills using four basic motions: turning, sliding, spinning, and pushing of a button.

IEP Goals/Skills Covered:  

Families 2 – A FREE Categorization app

Families 2

Families 2

Families 2 by

Quick Description: Families 2 helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction, among toddlers aged 3+ years old. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills. With parental assistance it can also develop language skills, for example, by naming the families, objects and colors.

Note: Portion of the app is FREE and the rest is inapp purchase. The inApp doesn’t interfere with the rest.

DialSafe Pro – A wonderful Life skills app (FREE for now)

DialSafe Pro

DialSafe Pro –  Teach your child proper phone usage and safety with an app that lets them actually practice it! DialSafe is designed to teach these critical skills in a kid friendly manner through the use of animated lessons, skill building games, practice sessions, and even a realistic phone simulator.

IEP Goals/Skills Covered: Life Skills

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My First 1,000 Words – Flashcards and Games by Alligator Apps – A must have starter app (FREE for now)

My First 1,000 Words – This is a wonderful starter app and a must have app for starter ABA.  It has so many pictues categorized and you can even customize and add your own. Even if your kid is outgrown from first words, this will serve as a maintenance drill app.

Wood Puzzle Maze HD By Tropisounds

Wood Puzzle Maze HD
Wood Puzzle Maze HD By Tropisounds
Notes from Developer: From the team that brought you the best selling Wood Puzzle. Wood Puzzle’ Maze simulates classic children’s sliding puzzles. The puzzles are both challenging and educational for the little ones, helping them develop logic and fine motor skills.
IEP Goals/Skills:  Fine Motor, Problem Solving

Featured Educational Consultant – Barth Educational Consultants

Barth Educational Consultants

I retired from Tustin Unified School District, where I was a resource specialist, in 2009. I moved back to Fresno, California, where I live with my daughter and grandson, whose daily antics and developing language skills provide constant delight.

I created Barth Educational Consultants so I could continue using my expertise to teach children, teens, and adults, in particular those with dyslexia and autism/Asperger’s.


  • Tutoring for dyslexia and dysgraphia using multisensory strategies and techniques
  • Tutoring in reading, spelling, writing, English language development, and elementary math
  • Reviewing educational apps and guiding parents and teachers in the selection of appropriate apps
  • Providing curriculum support for home-schooling parents
  • Consulting with charter schools and clinics

I provide in-person tutoring in Fresno, and occasional in-person consultation within California.  In addition, I’m available via email, phone, and video calls using ooVoo & Skype.  Eventually, I would like to add virtual tutoring to my services.

I hold California Credentials in Life Standard Elementary and Restricted Deaf/Hard of Hearing as well as CLAD, Resource Specialist, and Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Specialist certificates.


Phone: 949-294-3424


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Middle School App Discussion – Join in

Here is an interesting observation after giving away so many promocodes.
1. The obvious – highest priced apps will have most requests
2. Little kids apps have the next best.
3. There are some awesome middle school reading/math programs. I didn’t see much reaction. Is it just because most of the intervention is for little kids?

Any thoughts?

August 16 at 10:48pm · Like ·

  • Ujal Shrestha and 3 others like this.
    • Shawna Gray Most of the funding is for younger kids. 😦 Sadly, as the kids progress from division to division, funding is lowered every step of the way. There is rarely $$$ for good quality acc devices. Early intervention is crucial, but so is lifelong follow through.

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Reading Pal by Funflip Studios (price drop from $0.99 to FREE) – A nice app to test the skills already acquired thru other apps.

Reading Pal

Reading Pal

Reading Pal by Funflip Studios

Quick Review: Nice app to download while it is FREE. It doesn’t have much graphics. This will allow you to test your kids skills when once they learn the phonics, spelling, sightwords etc..


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