In Part 1 of this two-part series, I wrote about a project I worked on researching technology in education and in speech-language pathology. The following is the list of resources I mentioned in that post, which I think serves as a good starting off point to incorporating technology into practice:
- Avocado Technologies–this website provides many great websites and articles related to speech-language pathology. It is a great starting point for finding current technology related to the profession.
- Q&A: Digital Media and the Evolving Classroom–this is a blog post written in Q&A style with an award-winning journalist talking about digital media in the classroom. She describes how, in a short amount of time, there has been a huge shift in our culture regarding technology.
- Education and the Future of Technology–this 5-minute video brings up several very important factors about the world we currently live in. However, some of the facts presented may be out of date when viewed simply because our world is constantly changing.
- Phonetics Flash Animation Project–this website provides animated articulation of all the phonemes, vowels and consonants, in English, German, and Spanish.
- Geek SLP–this great website provides many great resources, articles, blog posts, and information about new apps for technology covering language and speech.
- Starfall–a great website geared toward pre-k through 2nd grade children learning to read. The website provides fun activities that focus on the phonics of reading.
- TinyEYE Therapy Services–TinyEYE Therapy Services provides SLPs to school districts through telepractice, a delivery model commonly referred to as online speech therapy.
- Technology Impacts on Education–this 2010 article describes the impact that technology has on education and how it continually changes the way we learn.
- Speech Gadget–this blog contains good information regarding new aspects of technology. All therapy materials, websites, applications and gadgets mentioned in this blog are discussed as potential tools to aid in the development of speech and language skills.
- TherapyApp411–this blog provides reviews and other content regarding apps and devices from a therapists’ perspective- SLPs, OTs, PTs or other disciplines. The posts reflects personal experience with apps and places them in the context of therapy sessions.
- ASHAsphere–ASHAsphere is the official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHAsphere is intended to inspire discussion about issues related to the fields of audiology and speech pathology, and features posts from a variety of authors, including communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professionals and ASHA staff.
- Speech Techie–this blog is about fostering language development through contextualized intervention. The author presents interactive educational technologies through a “language lens.”
- Readeo–this website combines video chatting with interactive book reading for young children. It is designed to connect families through reading children’s books remotely. “Readeo lets you and your loved ones flip through the pages of a virtual book while seeing and talking to one another on-screen—just like if you were in the same room.”
- The Hanen Centre–this program provides resources and training for professionals to help preschool children develop the best possible language, social, and literacy skills.
- Apps for Speech-Language Pathology Practice–ASHA’s new section for school-based SLPs is a great starting point for more information regarding applications for technology and insurance funding.
- Spectronics iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC–this is a comprehensive list of AAC applications for the iPhone/iPad. It contains a variety of apps that contain pictures and symbols only, text-to-speech, and text-based apps only.
- 5 Classic Children’s Tales Reinvented for the iPad–this article reviews interactive children’s books for the iPad. This new technology provides new opportunities for literacy engagement and a new learning tool.
What other resources do you recommend? Please share in the comments.
Michael Tanner, BS, is a graduate student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. With the support of his wife and family he is preparing to graduate in June and begin his career as a school-based SLP in the Fall.