This was first pointed out to me in an excellent workshop that I attended a little over a year ago at ISTE 2012 on iPads for Struggling and Special Needs Students in Inclusive Environments by Dan Herlihy and Pati King-Debaun. You can read my notes here. Two apps that they discussed that I have blogged about in the past are Dragon Dictation and Evernote.
This can be even more powerful if the teacher or student creates a shared notebook with these augmented notes. As I have blogged in the past, Evernote allows you to share a link to a note or even to an entire notebook so the that whenever the note is updated, the link will also update dynamically with the new information. This can be used to automate any note-taking system where students who need notes can receive them automatically updated by the student or teacher taking them. This can also be used to create online journals where students create entries on a daily basis in their Evernote, share this Journal notebook with their teacher once, and then the notebook link automatically updates for the teacher to read new entries in real-time.
Below are step by step instructions for creating a shared Notebook on Evernote. The direction screenshots are from the earlier version of Evernote that many are familiar with. The new version for Evernote designed for iOs 7 would use the same directions but the screenshots would look different.
1. Log into Evernote or Create an account for Evernote
3. Click on plus and click on Journal. Then click Done.
4. Click on Plus to create a Note.
5. Type note and click close when done.
6. Click on Action Button on top right. Then click "Create a Public Link" to share a link to this notebook or "Invite Individuals" to invite individual students to view this notebook by email.
Finally, even without purchasing an app like Voice Reader Text to Speech or listening to an audio file, one can easily make the iPad read back any selected text. This feature works for English and for many common foreign languages like Spanish and French. (It does not currently work for Hebrew.) This can be invaluable for students with learning differences who have difficulty with silent reading. There are also teachers in my school who have started using this tool for students who are learning a foreign language who could benefit from hearing that language spoken to them by a foreign speaker.
Below are step-by-step instructions to enable the iPad to read any selected text.
1) To enable this feature, go to Settings>General>Accessibility.
2) Select Speak Selection
3) Turn Speak Selection On (green). Turn Highlight Words On (green). You can even make the speaking rate faster of slower.
4) Highlight a text in any app on your iPad like Notes, Evernote, iBooks and select Speak and the iPad will speak the text to you.