This is a change to what you are used to in a keyboard: a keyboard layout that’s entirely alphabetical.
From the App Store listing:
The ABC Keyboard can help increase computer accessibility and productivity for children, individuals with special needs, and even the average two fingered typist. The alphabetical ordering of its keys empowers those with no traditional keyboard training to more easily use modern computing devices.
• Alphabetical Ordering of Keys
• Usable in Most Apps*
• Customizable Key Fonts, including the OpenDyslexic Font
• Customizable Keyboard Themes
• Upper and Lower Case Letters on Keys
• Word Prediction, Automatic Capitalization, and “.” Shortcut Options
For children learning their ABCs, the alphabetical ordering of keys invite the youngest learners to have fun while learning to recognize the alphabet and interact with the myriad of educational apps now available. Using the ABC keyboard can also aid in reading development and vocabulary building.
Dyslexics & Special Needs
For individuals with dyslexia or special needs, learning the characters and shapes of the alphabet can be difficult. Applying that knowledge to the layout of the traditional QWERTY keyboard only makes life harder. The ABC Keyboard reduces the learning curve of memorizing the key pattern on a traditional keyboard, thereby making it much easier and more straightforward to use. What’s more, by customizing the font of the keys in ABC Keyboard, these individuals are able to choose a visual style more suited to their learning needs.
Two Fingered Typists
Most people don’t take typing classes these days therefore they are not fast or accurate typists. Known as “hunters and peckers” or “two fingered typists,” they type with two fingers. And let’s face it, an iPhone is no place to practice traditional typing anyway. It’s much easier and more intuitive for them to use the ABC Keyboard for texting and across the apps they use in their daily lives. Increased speed, accuracy, and confidence are immediate benefits in implementing the ABC Keyboard.
Get it: App Store
Developer’s Website: http://luminantsoftware.com
Where the previous iOS keyboard app was iPad-only, DyslexiaKey works on the iPhone. From the store listing:
DyslexiaKey increases readability for those with reading disabilities. By using a font with a heavy base line, alternating stick/tail lengths and larger than normal openings, DyslexiaKey assures all users that each character will have a distinct difference, making reading/writing easier.
Get it: https://appsto.re/us/EOdf5.i
Developer’s Website: http://rapkey.co/
Apple Distinguished Educator, Matt Thomas, has made a custom keyboard for iOS8, using OpenDyslexic. Below is the description:
Lowercase Keyboard is a custom keyboard that uses both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as a simplified set of numbers and special characters. The keyboard has been designed with elementary students in mind.
Lowercase Keyboard follows the layout of the default keyboard closely so it is easy to use. The font of the Lowercase Keyboard is “OpenDyslexic” which has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.
Absolutely no information from using this keyboard is collected or stored. You can use Lowercase Keyboard without worrying about your privacy or the privacy of your children being compromised!
I have created this keyboard for my own classroom, and know it is very beneficial for my students. I hope you enjoy using Lowercase Keyboard too!
Get it here:https://appsto.re/nz/Pmqe3.i
Developers website: http://rubberchickenapps.com/
Storyboard That is a great web app that lets you make storyboards for your workplace, in schools, or just to make a comic.
From the developer:
Storyboard That is the world’s best online storyboard creator. From creating short stories, or doing a plot summary storyboarding is a powerful way to visually see and communicate ideas.
With over a quarter million storyboards created, people of all ages take advantage of our easy to use drag and drop interface and extensive library of custom created artwork to bring their stories to life. As the images on the screen unfold creativity naturally follows.
We are incredibly excited to add the OpenDyslexic font after it was recommended to us by some of our teacher friends. Teachers had already been using Storyboard That for Transition Boards / PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) – http://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/education/special-education/pecs-boards for some time, and we feel this helps round our ability to have even more students succeed.
To use the OpenDyslexic font, create a new storyboard – https://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator – and select the Open Dyslexic font when adding text.
Get it: https://storyboardthat.com
From the description:
Complete the words has a proven track record in schools to improve spelling and writing performance.
The fun way to improve kids ABC, alphabet, letters and spelling whilst keeping them amused for hours.
Magmentis is proud to bring you Complete the Words, the new version of this popular software already used by several hundred thousand children in schools all over the world (and by more than the 30% of primary schools just in the UK) to improve pupils’ ABC, spelling and word recognition skills.
Start the app to a bright, colorful menu screen with different exercises:
Shape Matching to words
First Letter matching to words
Word Matching to pictures
Learners will enjoy matching missing letters, words and shapes in words spoken to them by a professionally recorded lady’s voice.
Whenever you wish, you may go to the Smudge Marks screen where Smudge has recorded right and wrong answers to monitor your learners’ progress.
Learning first words using Complete the words has been proven in schools all over the world for nearly 20 years. Developed with active support from educational experts and with a proven track record in schools across the globe, Complete the Words is suitable for native English speakers and also for those learning English as a foreign language.
Specially chosen words along with, graphics and sounds that appeal to a global audience of learners have already ensured Complete the Words’ success with teachers the world over – improving spelling and writing ability for an entire generation of young learners.
Download it! Lite Version (iTunes) | Full version (iTunes)
Brunelleschi: Age of Architects is a web-based multiplayer strategy game set in the early 1500s, and features innovative gameplay, a player driven economy, and multiple playstyles to suit casual or committed gamers. Brunelleschi will always be free to play, and has no barriers between ‘paid’ content and free content. The unique ‘Sovereign’ and ‘Minister’ mechanics of the game will encourage teamwork not previously seen in this type of city-building game. Complex warfare and diplomacy mechanics will create unlimited replay ability, as will the hundreds of buildings and dozens of districts.
Get it: brunegame.com
Developer’s Website: aesopgames.com
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Dyslite for OpenDyslexic converts the font on all web pages to OpenDyslexic, an open-source font type that many people with dyslexia have found easier to read than traditional typefaces (but you already know that!)
Dyslite was designed to be a very light plugin so that it would not interfere with the load times on web pages. Once you have the Dyslite plugin installed and enabled, text on webpages loaded by your web browser are automatically and instantly converted into your dyslexia-optimized web font of choice (we currently offer OpenDyslexic, Mono Dyslexic, and Gill Dyslexic). Just install it once you’ll never have to worry about it again. But it’ll always be behind the scenes, working to help you read faster and more efficiently.
You can learn more about the Dyslite plugin and supported font types at http://dyslite.com.
Get it: http://dyslite.com
*Note* The website for dyslite.com has intermittent issues. You may want to contact the owner of Dyslite if you can’t reach it. Since I do not control Dyslite, there is not much I can do.
Academic Apps For Kids have recently launched our first two apps: Learn Words 1 and Learn Words 2, available on the AppStore for iPad and iPhone. Both apps teach young children to read 40 words using pictures and targeted multiple choice. Our aim is to make learning fun without trying to distract with loud and flashy songs and animations. We promise a quiet and safe learning experience, so no advertisements or in-app purchases. All apps are available at the lowest price point and have a discount for educational institutions.
We are proud to have included an option to use the OpenDyslexic font and fully support all the great work that Abelardo Gonzalez is doing. We hope to release many more apps in the future and they will all feature OpenDyslexic.
Get it links:
Learn Words 1: http://appstore.com/learnwords1
Learn Words 2: http://appstore.com/learnwords2
Develop AppStore page: http://appstore.com/academicappsforkids
Developer Website: http://www.academicappsforkids.com
My Family Tree has a neat option available if you have OpenDyslexic installed. [Ctrl] + D will change all the fonts used to OpenDyslexic!
Get it: http://chronoplexsoftware.com/myfamilytree/
Developer website: http://chronoplexsoftware.com
You can select OpenDyslexic from the language menu.
MediaWiki added a Universal Language Selector that included OpenDyslexic late last year, and now it has become a part of Wikipedia. Now anyone using Wikipedia can switch to reading the articles in OpenDyslexic easily, without needing to install anything on their computer.
Source: WikiMedia Blog
Get it: Wikipedia