Publishing Writing

Publishing Writing


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TapSpeak Sequence
What: TapSpeak Sequence is program for creating multiple messages, such as ‘social scripts.’ Functions like a step-listing communication device:
• Unlimited # of sequences
• Unlimited sentence length and recording length
• Can use built-in icons (shapes, colors) for quick recording
• Can also add photos
• Many settings for tap & touch duration, extra movements allowed, and feedback
• Can add Dynavox / Mayer Johnson PCS core symbols through an in-app purchase.

Why: I have shared many purposes for this app such as:
• Turntaking http://spedapps2.wikispaces.com/Turn-Taking
• Conversation http://spedapps2.wikispaces.com/Conversation

This review talks about how to use the app for publishing, and sharing. It is very important for emergent writers to be able to have an audience for their work. And it’s important that the STUDENT can share the work, rather than having another person saying ‘look what Evelyn did!’

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are emergent writers – sharing their early writing is very important!
b) People who are struggling speakers

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students, at a community event, and in homes with individual students.

How: It’s very easy to share writing and artwork using this app. Below is a sample script for a student who co-wrote a book, and wants to share it with others.
1) Greeting: (chosen by student) Hey!
2) Starter: (chosen by student) I made something cool.
3) Turn Transfer: Want to see?
Maintainers:
4) Mom, will you get the new book I wrote? (Mom gets the 4) print copy of the book out of her backpack)
5) Can I read it to you?
6) Daffy Dogs, by Evelyn
7) Dirty dog
8) Silly dog
8) Big dog
9) My dog
10) The end
11) Turn Transfer: What do you think?
12) Turn Transfer: Can you think of someone else to read it to?

Tip: Program in ‘landscape’ mode and use in ‘portrait mode!
Use colors as quick reference in setting up scripts. For example, I use:
• Green for greeting (ex: Yo! Excuse me.)
• Red for final message (ex: Well, gotta go. See you later.)
• Use photos to represent key items. For example, I typically take a picture of the student’s writing to share the story about the writing.
This app is a great value for the price, as you can record and SAVE unlimited numbers of social scripts, including scripts for sharing writing and art projects.

Sample Writing: Book
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Sample Artwork: Mask


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$29.99
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Type Drawing
What: TypeDrawing s a simple program that turns words into typeography. After typing words, the student ‘draws’ the letters with a finger or stylus. After drawing, you can watch a movie of your drawing.

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems
c) Students who can use a finger, but have trouble drawing anything representational

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students and in homes with individual students.

How: Simply type your words in the box, then change features including:
• Fonts (scores of fonts included)
• Color
• Word orientation (horizontal or mostly horizontal)

The picture below shows a 3-Word Bio Poem. For more info on these poems, follow this link!
3-Word Bio Poems by Musselwhite
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You can title your work, then share via:
- Saving first to photos
- Saving to iTunes
- E-mail
- Twitter

Tip: You can add a background photo!

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value:
While it’s kind of pricy compared to other visual publishing apps, students really LOVE this app!
$2.99
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Word Salad
What: Wordsalad is a simple program that turns words into a visual pattern. It is similar to ‘wordles’.

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students, at community events, and in homes with individual students.

How: Simply type your words in the box, then change features including:
• Color set
• Fonts
• Features such as format, orientation, and density
• Word orientation (horizontal or mostly horizontal)


Tip: Using a darker background makes the Wordsalad watermark less obvious!


Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value:
This app is well worth free price. To remove the watermark and ads, you must upgrade to the $4.99 version, which will also remove ads.
FREE
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Voice Changer Plus
What: Voice Changer Plus is a simple program that turns speech into funky sounds, showing graphics representing the components and a visual representation of the voice pattern. Voice Changer Plus is a great way to celebrate students who have struggled for a long time just to create 5 – 10 words. It’s a wonderful way to ‘publish’ work vocally!

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students, at a community event, and in homes with individual students.

How: This app allows you to change three components:
a) Speaker: Initially, this is you (unchanged voice) but it can be changed in many ways such as: Robot, choir, Dark One, Mouse, Songbird, Alien
b) Vocal Features: Samples are: bathroom, canyon, backwards, warped, underwater
c) Background Noises: Possibilities are: helicopter, jungle, scary place, spaceship, applause

Start by changing only one component, then start mixing them up when you know what to expect

Tip: This is a great purpose for voting by alphabet. For example, ask student if they want their writing to be performed by a mouse (M), Dark One (D), or robot (R).

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Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value:
This free app is very worth the money!!!

Note – to share the sounds you have created, you must upgrade to the full version ($2.99) which will also:
- Unlock save & sharing for 44 classic voice effects
- Remove Ads
- Post links to Twitter
- Make iPhone Ringtones
FREE
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Path On – Swipe to Type
What: This app permits the user to write text on photos. Features include:
• Multiple interesting fonts
• Built-in shapes (square, circle, paragraph, and spiral are free)
• Create free path, using the shape of the photo
• Take pictures, go to albums, crop, add effects, and backdrops quickly
• Export via Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, or e-mail

Why: This app is a fantastic way to celebrate and preserve writing

Who: This app is great for individuals who are struggling writers. All of the hard work is saved and shared in memorable ways.

Where: I’ve used this app in small group activities, and individual sessions, at school, at home, and in the community.

How:
Quick Use. Take a photo or find a photo and start typing.
• Change colors and fonts
• Add backdrops or effects
• Share it
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Create Shape Poems. This is a great app for celebrating list poems, creating shape poems, such as the one shown in this review.

Summarize Information. We have summarized who, what, when, where, why, and how information on a topic, writing the information on a sample photo. Luke and his teacher wrote question starters (WHO, WHAT, WHEN) on notecards, co-constructed questions, then looked up answers, which were written on a photo for viewing and re-viewing. Samples: WHO = Anasazi. WHERE = Southwest. WHAT = cliff dwellers.
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Tips. When typing, letters can get crowded together at junctures. Use spacing so that words remain readable. But space slowly, to avoid unwanted periods!

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value: This is an excellent free app. The text and multiple ways to share make it well worth downloading.
FREE
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Funny Movie Maker
What: Choose a photo, then put your own face in the photo and start videotaping! It creates really clever, fun videos!

Why: This app is highly motivating, and great for celebrating writing.

Who: The app supports students who are struggling writers as they can make a video sharing only a few words about a selected topic.

Where: I’ve used this app in small group activities, and individual sessions, at school and at home.

How:
Celebrating List Poems. The app is great for writing a simple poem about a topic that students are studying. Students who use AAC select the person who will speak for them, then we video their faces while reading the poem. We were studying desert animals, and each student wrote about an animal, then we made Funny Movies, sharing their ideas. Here's Luke's 'fruit bat' movie!
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Celebrating Senses Poems. Senses poems are a wonderful way to summarize information about a topic, such as:
• States or provinces (Arizona looks / smells / sounds, etc)
• Animals (Reptiles look / smell / sound / feel, etc)
• Weather (Hurricanes look / smell / sound, etc)

Giving Information On a Topic. Students can write a simple paragraph on a topic that they are studying, then share it in a video.

Make an Ad to Describe a Project. Watch these videos to see students who are selling classroom objects.
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Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value: This is an excellent free app. Students find it very motivating!
FREE
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AutoRap
What: AutoRap is a simple program that turns speech into rap, while showing engaging graphics. AutoRap is a huge reward for students who have struggled for a long time just to create 5 – 10 words. It’s a wonderful way to ‘publish’ work vocally!

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students, at a community event, and in homes with individual students.

How: Simply tap to start, share your piece vocally, then save it. You can share via e-mail (sends a link), Facebook, or Twitter.

Tip: You can earn free song plays by watching short videos of other apps. Note that I found many of the app ads to be quite violent.
Value:
This app is more expensive than some other ‘publishing’ apps, but so rewarding. It’s especially great for people who use AAC – when they hit ‘play’ their synthetic speech is immediately transformed!
$2.99
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Visual Poetry
What: Visual Poetry is a simple program that turns words into visual images. It is similar to ‘wordles’.

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly small groups in classrooms for young students, at a community event, and in homes with individual students.

How: Simply type your words in the box, then choose a shape (ex: heart, peace sign, skull), colors of background & text. Save to photo album or share it via e-mail, Instagram, or Twitter.

Value:
This app is well worth the $ .99 for quickly publishing writing in a highly motivating manner!
Value:
This app is well worth the $ .99 for quickly publishing writing in a highly motivating manner!
$ .99





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Songify
What: Songify is a simple program that turns speech into music.

Who: I have used this app with:
a) People who use AAC, and are working on forming sentences
b) Struggling writers, especially for short works such as poems

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, small groups in classrooms for young students, at a community event, and in homes with individual students.

How:
a) Just tap the ‘turntable’ and speak or hit speak display to send synthetic speech to the song. It will instantly ‘songify’. You get a couple of free tunes, and can get more free tunes across time,
b) If you like the tune behind your words, you can share it in multiple ways;
- E-mail: It comes through as a .m4a that you can play or save
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Save to Songify//

Tip: Remember that you can save this song as a sound file. That means that you can put this into presentations such as PowerPoints!

Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Additional Ideas:

Value:
While $2 .99 is a bit pricy, I have found this app to be a good tool for quickly publishing writing in a highly motivating manner!
$2.99