The questions are:
1. How do students use voice recognition with an iPad?
2 What are some good Deaf and Hard of Hearing Apps?
3. What apps are good for reading fluency?
A. That depends on the iPad model and iOS version that you are running. Thinking of my very confusing sandbox metaphor, for the first two versions of the iPad, so the iPad1 and iPad2, voice recognition or speech to text is provided by downloading an app. The best one is the free Dragon Dictation app. It requires a WiFi connection to work. You can only create text within that app (in it's own sandbox). To use the text in a word processing program, you need to copy and paste the text into another program. To do this, after you have created some text in the Dragon Dictation app, you touch the screen until a box pops up and gives you choices to select, copy, etc. You select all and then "copy" like in the screen shot below and then when you go to another app, you touch the screen and select "paste". Some word processing programs include Pages $9.99, Cloud-On and QuickOffice HD for $19.99. The issue with Pages is that it doesn't integrate will with cloud storage options, so you have to email or have an AirPlay enabled printer to print. Cloud-On requires an account and WiFi. Both QuickOffice and Cloud-On integrate well with cloud storage programs.
Here is an app list specifically geared for students from several DHH teachers in Virginia.
The iPad or iPod can be useful for recording lectures that can be amplified. Also, having a teacher use a Bluetooth headset and voice recognition software - especially with Dragon Dictate during lectures, a student can have live captioning.
Q. What are some good reading fluency apps? While there are numerous reading apps available, most are typically geared for younger readers and few are specifically targeted for reading fluency. One app is the free k12 Timed Reader. This app has 250 different short stories that students practice reading but is appropriate up to 4th grade.
Fluency $2.99 is another app that takes a different approach by having the teacher provide the reading scripts saving them in Dropbox and the student open the script in Fluency. The audio is sent to the teacher. The teacher can set up playlists in iTunes to keep an ongoing record of student's fluency readings. Because the teacher sets up the scripts, it is age appropriate for everyone.
On Your Own is a free app from Learning A-Z that comes free if you have a subscription to Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids. The reading material is leveled and age appropriate through middle school. It has an audio recording option that allows teachers to track fluency.
Clarification to creating an iTunes account without a credit card. I apologize for the confusion about how to create an iTunes account without using a credit card through the iPad. Yes, it can be done, here are the directions from Apple. You need to open up and download a free app first and then create an account, not to go through the "create account".