Clash of Titans: Android vs. Apple Apps

Clash of Titans: Android vs. Apple Apps


Clash of Titans:Android Vs. Apple Apps In the next hour we will look at some of the most popular iPad Apps and put them head-to-head with Android Apps that do the same thing. Mike Man, MS, ATP, Idaho Assistive Technology Project The handout for this presentation is available by clicking the link in the video description This video supports subtitles that can be activated by clicking the video settings button anything that is Apple is green anything that is Android is yellow and if it is Android that has been modified for Barnes and Noble its teal and if it’s Android that has been modified
for Amazon for Kindle it is grey because I had a feeling we might get confused
whether we’re talking Apple Android Kindle you know and don’t
even get me started on Windows we’re not going there this is clash of the Titans Android verses Apple App so if you’re interested
in Microsoft products wrong section the reason i’m doing this is partially
because of Dan Dyer’s request that we produce a YouTube video on this subject so you are all going to be part of the
moment in history that you can relive any time you want to online and because many schools and parents are asking us
about Google Android Barnes and Noble nook and Amazon Kindle
App’s due to the low cost devices compare to Apple, everybody’s heard
about the success of Apple in the classroom a student comes and says I have a galaxy phone what can I do well that’s what this is about I wanna start
by saying these are some resources they’re not the
only ones but if I gave you all of them it would be too much Georgia Tech has a tools for life that is not an
annual conference but we stole their name for our
conference tools for life is there resources website and on georgia tech
tools for life you will find a great App finder very helpful for special ed and what you
can do with that one what I like about it is you can click on a box it says
select only Apple App Store for communication or just show me Android
app for reading you know you can select among
different categories app crawlers is an app discovery engine that is very powerful its a little bit
overwhelming because it has a big area but app finder does a great job narrowing things down if you don’t know what you’re
looking for Apple Vis dot com is my favorite place to go for
information about Apps for blind and visual impairment, which is what BVI stands for then
the last one Android access dot net is the same thing as Apple this but it’s
for Android so if you’re an apple-holic we would go to
Apple vis and if you’re an Android a holic
go to Android access dot net for which one is best for blind and visually
apparent, any questions on that okay multi-platform Apps are multicolored that means you can get it on anything that has a color for so if you see all four colors it will run on all four platforms is anyone in this room color-blind cool well that’s
why if you have a screen reader and you download this as an electronic document
after everything that is colored you’re gonna see or hear something in brackets that tells you
that it is Apple only or it is Android/Apple or its android nook et cetera so your screen
reader will pick up those differences in color okay so I’m gonna start with Apps for alternative and augmentative
communication raise your hand if you have someone you
know that might use an app like that one two three right okay alright so I think I saw four hands apps for communication for a person who
cannot speak i’m talking now I’m on this line
here but I’m about to move to that line if
that helps that’s why I put my outline up there so you can follow along so those of us in the technology business
call these apps aac alternative and augmentative
communication alternative communication means can’t speak at all they
need an alternate augmentative communication means they can
speak but no one understands them so they need something to augment their speech anyway the most popular one i have a question, did you rate the apps with the star ratings? I didn’t it is four stars out of 5 and that is user ratings on the Internet and you go through Google search to see what was the average rating that people who bought this app gave it a certain number give it a rating on
one out of five which means I hated it and certain number gives five out of
five which means it was perfect and just added those up and that’s an average so four stars is actually
good anything that is four and up pleases most of the people who bought the App okay so Proloquo2Go is very popular in school
right now in your view have any used it anyone else, you
used it good the question is is there anything comparable you can
run on an Android device and there is I also added to my list acorn its brand new it has just come out
acorn very cool I’ll show you both of these and then
we’ll go to know what you can do on Android so obviously the coolest thing about proloquo2go is a large number of voices you can
select so that you wanna be Yoda you can be Yoda and this is picture based communications
you would navigate through it by a combination of pictures and words
for person who has difficulty with just words it’s very helpful that acorn is brand new its AACorn anybody recognize what AAC means? alternative augmentative communication so it’s AACorn it’s acorn but they added the a because it’s a-a-c-corn anyway what this does is this actually creates an interface that forces you to produce a sentence sentence building support
is in it with proloquo2go you make a sentence or
not with this you have to make a sentence so you would start with starters and I say hi all now I have to put in something else what is your name, okay them me why not is oh I don’t know no that’s not what I wanted oh my
goodness have painted myself into a corner now okay so now the speaking music so what I did was I’m working with a
student right now who is non-verbal and is not interested in words and she’s got very high receptive
intelligence very good comprehension of language she might be the smartest kid in her
school, she doesn’t talk she cares a great deal
about Disney musicals so I’ve been selecting little
bits and pieces out of Disney songs that she loves and putting them in the vocabulary and
guess what she is eating out of my hand I love it exactly so you know it’s not enough to give someone
technology to make them like us that’s not the point we use technology
in a bridge to get to where that person is in her world it’s full of music and it’s a beautiful world so going back to this what can we do where Android devices
Comparable to what we just looked at alexicom is a free app that runs on both so if you
happen to be in an Idaho school free is very popular and if you’re usig alexicom it wouldn’t matter whether you’re using a Apple device or an android devise it will work on
either one so that a very good choice if you’re just looking for some
entry-level app that will get you there with language
speech Avaz is not cheap at a hundred and fifty
dollars it’s a very good app it will run on both
and is designed for autism they have a a lower version the
demo version but avaz Pro is the version you would want, your
hand is up sir good yep it is a flat rate you pay it once and own it for life Avaz, I put on this list because they say the next version that rolls
out is going to have sentence building support in it just like acorn, and the reason why we
spent 150 dollars when we bought it because we thought it had the support
in the first place so in India rules for advertising are a
little different than here the product came from India and it is very good and it’ll run on both platforms I’m
actually going to be using Avaz with this young girl with
autism who has to have her language as music because proloquo2go will not
record songs but Avaz will and a I don’t wanna put her on acorn Aacorn would be a little too restrictive
for her so we’re going to put her on Avaz which will give her a much larger vocabulary Aaccorn is intended for the young children she’s moving toward
middle school where we want to give her the whole language anyway sometimes these decisions are
hard to make you have to make them on the basis of who’s going to use it but also on the
basis of what is the readiness of the support
team to adopt that technology get to choose
something that works for everyone okay finally down here in the blue which we said was for Nook jab talk will run on anything that’s
Android or nook its also a free one is not very good but it has appropriate images for older
kids and adults and basically you put custom vocabulary into it of what you need it doesn’t have stock
phrases on it you have to create them users gave it four stars and I think that’s probably because it
was free and it worked okay then a aaspeech communicator is an Android
app that runs on Kindle and it is also free it was the only one I
found that will run on a Kindle and something you have to bear in mind
with Kindle is that only certain models have a speaker Kindle you get basic model is silent so you have a talking app you can push all you
want and you’ll hear nothing no speaker but on on a Kindle Fire it will work fine Kindle
Fire has both microphone and speaker okay I’m ready to move off of AAC unless we have something from this
group that you’d like to contribute to the discussion can you repeat what you said earlier? so I just made that up on the spot
alright don’t want our technology to make this
other person just like us and sometimes it is used that way and then it becomes just one more
disappointment the point of technologies
to create a bridge to that person not to make them like us so I’m not gonna change the fact that
this girl was not motivated by words she
probably never will be I’m gonna try to use music to create a
bridge that will allow me into her world so she can talk to me with it BVI, blind and visual impairment this is not my specialty area, any of you have a specialty in this area? oh I got off easy today okay as this is an area where my skills are very modest but the two that come the highest recommended on Apple vis which I showed you earlier, Apple vis is where i go for opinions about blind and visual impairment Apps for Apple voicedream reader got the highest
markes voted the single favorite Apple App
of blind people on their website voicedream writer has just come out and I’d like you see it its
brand new and it doesn’t have a rating yet not rated and it’s not because of adult content so I have to… okay this is voice dream writer and it has text
to speech that was working a moment ago okay how many have had the experience of technology working perfectly at home? and then you you should try to show it
to your mother that just happened voice dream writer has got a way to look up words where I can go to a phonetic word speller and I just wrote phonetically nitrogen and it should be able to pull that up
without any trouble give me the correct spelling so it’s got a
phonetic spelling engine, let’s say I’m trying
to remember something that we read Macbeth but I can’t even
think of the word right now but we were reading Macbeth when
that word came up I could go in here and i cant put in Macbeth I could put in Macbeth and all these words pop up that by association
are connected with that topic and i can scroll through that and see
if I can find the word I was looking for well this is a a new approach to
dictionary that I have not seen used before it is very helpful to a person having
difficulty with writing so these two apps got very high marks
when I did my research on Apps for reading writing and blind and visual impairment
anyway voicedream reader where is reading well I don’t have it, I have it but I didn’t download it so voicedream reader is is popular but we just got the writer and I just love it is there a natural way to launch that on iOS 7? well what they have done on writer is
they’ve made it completely blind accessible but you have to turn on the text to speech if
you wanna have that assistance just turn it on but let’s answer those questions privately instead of trying to go through that
much detail in an overview course so you and I meet separately later and we’ll go through it in
detail sound okay okay anyway um if you’re going to go to Android blind access gets more
difficult you can use eloquence is what I want you can use eloquence it is android only it’s twenty dollars you
do the free peco free voices from SVox and they are fine the voices are alright I you can turn it you have to go on into the settings menu under
applications under reading then there’s a checkbox for text to speech you would check that so that it would talk to you some versions may say enable
accessibility currently in beta that means that they don’t have a
final version out yet anyway when you start a book it should
start reading automatically however you may need to tap the screen to
prompt it reviews of the voice are not very good
the voice is a little bit robotic ok but the main complaint from a Nook users is that the bookstore app is not accessible so even if they
have the book on their device it will read to them but they cannot
actually obtain a new book so they would have to have a sighted
person download for them and then it will
read it to them so reviews are really good for nook,
eloquence is better for Android then Nook and then I mention the problem with
kindles, the older Kindle have no speaker which means there’s no text to speech
you can turn it on but you wouldn’t hear anything there’s no speaker except for the Kindle
Keyboard 3G in the Kindle Fire both of those will read to you um a lot a blind users prefer to use the
Kindle app on iPad because the iPad is accessible and and that’s about all I wanted to say
about a differences for blind and visual impairment any comments from the group on that if you have experience in this area we
want to know what you know okay reading and writing support for dyslexia
this is one of my favorite areas to work in in
the school the technology is so good now there are lots of them but i wanna just
show you a couple I wordQ for IwordQ oh it doesn’t show, one of the things I like about this is
you got a reading mode and a writing mode when you go to the Reading Mode there when you go to the Reading Mode there
are three settings so if the writing is difficult you can
move it to a setting that gives more support for dyslexic reader or if the writing is
simple they can move it to a setting that has
less support the least amount of support would be
this one App is talking models the movies great heroes shopping
mom so just continuously reads and that’s all
the support you get but if you are finding that you were not
really understanding the content very well you could well App talking App talking now I can stay on that sentence as long as
I want every time I tap it it just keeps repeating
that sentence until I feel like okay I’m ready to move on to the next
sentence and then a step-by-step what this does is the
usual setting is when you tap it it will read this sentence
and when you tap it again it will stop and when you tap it again it will read the next sentence
I especially like that setting for students who have an attention problem attention problem reason why their mind will wander from
the subject if it just keeps reading but if they have
to come back and touch it to hear each sentence that process will draw their attention
back to the content of their reading it is very very helpful when there’s an attention problem to have something physical the student has to do
to hear the next part go ahead we will cover that you and I alone together afterwards a main point is that there were three different way to do the reading on
this app which I appreciated also strong writing support here I
moved to the next one which is made by text HELP it is called iReadWrite, the one we just looked at was a $28.99 dollar app, iReadWrite is $19.99 little less expensive I’ve
set it up for some contrast and what I like about this app is the quality of the spelling assistance its easy I can hear it before I put it in when I tap that word I can hear it and
decide if that is what I wanted to say when I tap it the second time it goes in or I can change a setting
where I have to swipe to put it in App talking and then you can play it back so my ear is gonna catch a mistake
that my eye just missed and your ear is a much better proof reader
than your eye is so playing that back with text to speech allows you to catch those erros and you’ll hear it when there is a mistake anyway these are very good levels of
support for reading and writing on the Android platform these are the aac Apps we mentioned
earlier that will run on Android and one of them is the reader as well where you would just type in what you want to
say and it would say it for you a reason why I wanna show you this is
because this is one area where Apple cannot touch
android in the area of choice for keyboards if it’s important to you too have a better keyboard Android is a better
choice than Apple as with Apple you are stuck with
a keyboard that is there, you can use an App to give you different keyboards but then you can only type within that
app you have to cut and paste into something else on
Android you can install any keyboard you want these are very versatile what I like
about how powerful it is is 0 I didn’t mean to shut it off I’ll what I really like about that is it
that there was a partnership that was made between the company that is called Swype that allows you to do
this to write your words and Android and Apple didn’t get in on the
action so as a result it’s very difficult to
get a swype type keyboard for Apple you have to again you have to type in the App and
cut and paste into the application it’s a extra step that is a bother so a again if you’re gonna be doing all your
typing you need to use a Bluetooth keyboard and type that way 10 key but if it’s important to you
to be able to type quickly right on your tablet I think Android beats Apple by a mile yes I haven’t seen it yet and I hope
that’s true I use Apple phone hope that you and I
love I love the swype keyboard Apple was the one company that did good anyway this was a free download called swift key keyboard the one I was just using it’s got lots of features it is very feature-rich and if you
don’t like the red one that I picked you can just choose another one and go with
blue purple white black iridescent whatever so a it’s very nice to have that kinda
flexibility in your keyboard SwiftKey it will only work on Android I think so ginger will work either on Apple or on Android so I have this on both devices but i’ll show it to you on android ginger will produce some ginger will give you some grammar
support in addition to just spelling dan you have used ginger quite a bit audience talking… okay so Ginger runs on both let’s move down
to the next subject ginger runs on Apple’s well from the app FB reader is a free download for
Android it’s very good very good ratings on that 4.5 star Geometer plus makes it and you have to do to download you first
get the FB reader and then you download the TTS plus
plugin to go with that gives it Text to speech people who like to use a reader to read to
them out loud gave that really good ratings they use the occapella voices by the way and those are higher quality voices more pleasant to listen to, Google Drive
by Android by Google actually runs on Android runs
on Apple runs on nook runs on kidle is always free runs on your laptop or your home PC and if you need something with the
flexibility of cross-platform you can work on it at school work on it
at the office and work on homework on that the public library a it’s hard to beat Google Drive for a free product you can put your
document on their you do have to download extra software it’s not expensive for the complexity
goes up just a little bit a little more complex to make it
accessible pretty good for a free platform
how many are using Google Drive you are how are you using it if you raised
your hand our students share documents we use Excel spreadsheet and are sharing those we have shared folders between
teachers for information that we need to share in our students in high
school do as well now you guys have a a Windows PC environment at school
yeah so Google drive is good for that other ways
you’re using it using it alot like their schools we have one to one devices
now and they are all Lenovo Windows based our teachers are using Google
classroom a lot they doing a lot of
sharing document students working together on documents
easy to comment on documents sharing makes it strong but we still
use word in all those products too we still
teach them we have classes to teach those also okay good other comments about Google
Drive right chrome books cost a lot less than
laptops and if you’re already using a
Google environment you just open it and your
online great the only limitation we’ve seen
with the Chromebooks in schools is bandwidth you get a classroom with twenty or thirty kids and they
all open chromebook and the bandwidth goes down you cant use a chromebook you know unless the wifi good ok you can still work on documents offline on chromebook but you have to play with the settings in google drive to do that i’m sure that works on a PC but I’m not sure about chromebook we don’t have any yeah I think if you have a Chromebook and
your WiFi goes out you just got a pretty picture and that’s
it okay dictation and virtual assistance did a
little research on this subject Apple provide strong dictation
capability in any app that brings up the keyboard you
might not love the keyboard but you have have to love the dictation it is really good it also makes calls text emails
appointments reminder set alarms opened apps open web pages all by voice you just hold down the home
button and tell Siri what you want once in awhile Siri will not connect and say sorry but I am unable to help you right now try
it again later usually that means I need to move closer
to a window and try it over again there is some improvement in quality when you
wear earbud Mike or Bluetooth headset I have one
here so this is Apple hands-free device you
can operating telephone safely on the
freeway and a microphone and right there if you put this in your ear microphone
is right next your mouth you don’t have to use both of these we can listen
for the road with one ear and listen to your phone with the other and
drive safely you know when I want to make a phone
call i press this button and tell Siri who I wanna call if that person is in my contacts bing! and
talking to him very nice so that is Apple, Apple Siri gives
voice-control to some but not all operating system functions searching
and calling you turn Siri on in the Settings app and assign permission to get the most from it so let’s compare
that with what Android can do Android operating system
is not quite as good for dictation but it is quite a bit better for access
to the operating system so you get simple dictation any app that
brings up the keyboard is more suited to text field text messages email short stuff you’re not
going to use it for an english paper the commands for inserting characters and
formatting are limited to basic punctuation and paragraph mark that that you can put in comma period
semicolon and start a new line or paragraph that’s about it it does integrate with swype keyboard which i demonstrated at which and now has merged with with the maker
of dragon Naturally Speaking nuance company so Swype dragon and nuance have all come together in the keyboard so the dictation is nuance dictation on a
swipe keyboard and its seamless, I love it if you’re Android user you just can’t beat having a nuance swype keyboard it does
everything you still have to purchase and install K so the nice thing about the Apple
operating system is it comes working you don’t install
anything this comes out of the box and you turn it on google now is a player in this market as a virtual assistant and users say
they google now is superior for finding anything so if you’re just doing a voice search on the
internet it’s the best thing out there it’s not quite as good as some of those other functions a it’s harder to set up your voice control here’s how you do it you enable the
additional permissions in this setting first enable offline speech recognition you
go in your account and privacy setting and main settings App to enable location history reporting
web history and contact recognition and then you can
start doing some other stuff that siri doesn’t natively do the reason i gave you the link to the document we are reading is because I
thought you might wanna read it again later in the privacy a you know your office with your device in
front of you for a better dictation, dictadroid which runs on Kindle or Android it is warm up and it’s good enough that
lawyers use it for professional dicta-phone capability
audio note-taking can be used as a session recorder for musicians so you can use dictadroid to record classes that you’re attending
and get a recording of it a 4.5 star so very high ratings on that if you’re
more interested in controlling your droid and
not so much in documents you might consider Utter the beta version it is quite good I
downloaded it and I was pleased with it think I
have utter here nevermind I don’t have it set up well enough to demonstrate that nuance makes a product called dragon microphone and you can put that on any devices the computer on Apple put it on Android and very very helpful instead of having Dragon Naturally
Speaking install on your PC using the headset and dictating onto
your laptop you can just dictate in your smartphone
and it sends it to your PC well that’s a very helpful application
if doing a dictation and you’re like me you
like to kind of walk around while dictating some people dictate in the car it will upload dictations to the cloud and
then you can pull it on your device later if you
are using that Google app that runs on everything, any device that
has a microphone go back using a Google Map a on any device that has a microphone you can
just say okay google and awake it up if you have given
permission to it and if it hears you say okay Google it wakes up you hear a little noise and then you can give
it a command for accessing different functions you could
make an appointment or send an email or whatever you want to do with it dictation on nook and kindle up at the
microphone is the same as for Android you can dictate
on your kindle through a PC with the Dragon remote microphone app or you can purchase the nuance swype keyboard keyboard install for dictation when the
keyboard is active Dragon remote microphone got2.5 stars, so not too many happy customers on
that nuance swype got four star and and so I would rather use that by the way all current devices require connection
to wifi for real time dictation offline speech recognition is
usually very limited if you’re doing dictation you need to be somewhere
near a wifi radio don’t try it in your car hey what about note taking I did not expect to get through the
whole handout which is why I made it available to you with what we have left is note taking
scheduler and homework support and math homework apps hearing amplification and art and drawing anybody have a favorite of those, we’ve got time to just do one math it is, that is one of my favorite subjects for assistive technology oh this one deserves an honorable
mention if you have a student with a lazy or or forgetful the carrot to-do list by Apple for $2.99 I’m sorry you can’t get that on Android
is really fun because it’s like a game and if you
complete your task sometime and check them off it is your best friend and if you get a little behind and you
haven’t checked everything off on your task list it turns into a sadistic monster alright math homework apps the best math problem solver still on the Internet so if you have
internet access you can navigate to a web map site type a problem and get step-by-step
help but the popularity for apps is such that people would rather use
a crummy app then go to a good website so we’ll look
at some of those apps the why homework math solver runs on Android and Apple it’s free
stand-alone app that is especially helpful for
fractions in algebra and it gives step-by-step explanations users give that four-plus stars, photo
math in free and only 3.5 but this is for student who cannot
correctly write in the math problem or type it just use the camera you need enough light photograph it and in the app is able to
recognize a math problem it will walk you through to
answer then so the question is is there a
responsible to use this is there an irresponsible way to use this we have any teachers in the room would
like to comment on that when a student is stopped I’d rather give them a free problem and
help them finish rather then just let ’em go ahead and finish rather
than having give up and turn on the TV, your hands up mathway.com covers all levels of math and I think internet website all the
really good math homework sites are internet so right off the top of
your working through an app it’s not gonna be half of what you can get on the internet
i’d rather open up the web browser go to a place like mathway.com and
get solid help rather than mess with any of these but the question is often asked well I
wanna App give me an App here’s what they are psymath is actually pretty good it’s an app that just opens a web page so it’s
got a web-based math solver on it which is going to be higher quality in in the first place it got an impressive 4.7 stars okay so I’m not gonna cover all of a
subjects in this but you know where to get it Idahoat.org if you have specific
questions I’m gonna be here today and tomorrow and
would love to go through a in more detail with you thanks very
much for coming www.idahoat.org Presented by Mike Mann, MS,ATP

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