Tiny Tap may have to change its name to Greater Tap! Now partnering with Oxford Picture Dictionary, students have unlimited access to animated units on family, friends, the solar system, health, and much more. The illustrations are excellent, although my preference would be a more appealing recorded voice (I’ve been spoiled by Siri!). On the other hand, English learners can model a clearly articulated vocabulary.
In my previous review of Tiny Tap, I noted that although there is already a huge library of resources available, teachers are limited only by their imagination in creating multiple kinds of activities. And they can make money by producing activities and apps of interest to others!
I have been analyzing some of the activities for their use with special needs learners. I have been especially impressed with the work of Ellen Weber, a speech-language pathologist. She has provided a well-crafted example of how Tiny Tap can assist kids on the autism spectrum (and others) with their daily classroom schedule. “Michael’s Schedule” provides a personalized schedule with tips for how to behave during each segment of the school day. Unlike some other general education Tiny Taps, this activity is not cluttered with extraneous visuals. Check out the Social Skills category for more Taps relating to this topic.
With Tiny Tap‘s potential for supporting dyslexic students, I should get busy creating some activities! I do wish Tiny Tap operated on a Windows platform. Even though it seems to work for some ChromeBook users, that appears inconsistent.
Bottom line, Tiny Tap is a gem which can be easily shaped to meet the needs of special learners.