There’s a special app for that – Part 1 UPDATE: 9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities

apps organizational skills learning disabilitiesWe thought it was time to start updating our “There’s a Special App for That” posts, just in time for the new year! We’re still using all of the apps we recommended in Part 1 of Apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities – but we wanted to add 9 MORE that we think are highly effective for students with learning disabilities. Have a look at our others in the series:

Visual calendars or reminders

1. Photomind



by Koedal, Inc.

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
2.99 USD

Some students with learning disabilities can benefit from a multisensory approach to a to-do list, reminder, or calendar. Attaching a visual (picture) to text can provide a reminder of what to do in a specific situation, can enhance comprehension, promote more independence and can assist students to articulate what they have done that day (or what they need to do).

Photomind is a simple app that attaches a specific photo to a reminder or task. The student can set a reminder for a specific time of the day. We have used this for homework with several students-the student simply takes a picture of his/her homework for the day as a visual reminder. Students then have a series of visual reminders of what they have to do for homework that day. This can also be used for appointments, events, and projects.

Screenshots: PhotoMind

Screenshots: PhotoMind for iPad

2. Visual Schedule Planner

Visual Schedule Planner

Visual Schedule Planner

by Good Karma Applications, Inc

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
14.99 USD

If your child or student requires more than simply a visual reminder, Visual Schedule Planner is a good bet. Some of the nice features for students with learning disabilities: the ability to record your own voice and add it to an event (students can record reminders or important information) as well as the different formats that are available to view your  calendar (daily, weekly and monthly). There is also an activity schedule (useful for breaking down a task into a series of visual steps).

Screenshots: Visual Schedule Planner

Screenshots: Visual Schedule Planner for iPad

3. Doozy


If you are looking for a very different type of visual calendar app for an older student, you might want to give Doozy a try. Doozy offers a very non-traditional format for a calendar. Students can add their events with a personal picture or icon available within the app, anywhere on the main page. The app also has a task management element to it-a task can be displayed until the student indicates that it is finished. App safari has a review of Doozy here.

4. Quickvoice Recorder &

5. Audio Memos

If your child or student prefers to record information verbally rather than writing it down, the Quickvoice Recorder or Audio Memos apps are a great way for students or teachers to record “voice memos” (quick instructions, reminders, homework assignments, events, etc). The voice memo is timestamped and recorded as an audio file that can be exported afterwards. Very helpful if students only have access to a mobile device at school; the teacher can send an audio file through e-mail. Free versions of both apps are available; however, in-app purchases in Audio Memos offers advanced features that are helpful, such as exporting to Evernote and Dropbox, as well as attaching photos to an audio memo.

QuickVoice® Recorder

QuickVoice® Recorder

by nFinity Inc

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

Screenshots: QuickVoice® Recorder

Screenshots: QuickVoice® Recorder for iPad

Audio Memos - The Voice Recorder

Audio Memos - The Voice Recorder

by Imesart S.a.r.l.

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
0.99 USD

Screenshots: Audio Memos - The Voice Recorder

Screenshots: Audio Memos - The Voice Recorder for iPad

Notetaking, Research, Project Planning

Although we are big fans of comprehensive productivity and organizational tools like EvernotePearltrees, and Springpad, sometimes we have students that need simplicity in the tool they use. Apps that are easy to use, offer alternative formats to notetaking (such as the ability to take non-linear notes) and have the ability to be exported into multiple formats are ones that we often recommend.

6. PaperHelper


PaperHelper is a simple concept: it splits your screen in half. One side becomes a word processor, and the other presents the source of information (web page, document, etc.) This allows students to better organize the writing process: simply cut and paste resources from the web when researching information, or have resources from the web readily accessible when writing.

7. Notability



by Ginger Labs

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
9.99 USD

Notability is one of the best apps we have encountered for students that require more extensive support for notetaking and project planning. The non-linear quality to notetaking is what makes this app stand out. The app allows the student to take notes anywhere on the page as well as import photos from the web or personal photos. The app also features audio syncing  (the student’s notes are linked to audio that was spoken at that point in time). This is a great feature for students with learning disabilties as it eliminates the need to take extensive written notes-simply write down a few important key words.

Screenshots: Notability

Screenshots: Notability for iPad

8. Inkflow

Inkflow Plus Visual Notebook

Inkflow Plus Visual Notebook

by Qrayon, LLC

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
7.99 USD

Inkflow is an easy to use notetaking or project planning app that allows the student to import photos into the notes. Like Notability, the app provides the ability to combine handwriting and typed text in one document. However, the great thing about Inkflow is the simplicity of the user experience-a good introductory notetaking app that allows students to draw or write anywhere on the page.

Screenshots: Inkflow Plus Visual Notebook

Screenshots: Inkflow Plus Visual Notebook for iPad

9. Sticky Notes


For an even simpler solution, Sticky Notes can be used for notetaking, project planning, or for writing organization. Literally a virtual sticky note, the student has the ability to move the notes around on the page in order to categorize, classify or organize ideas. And its a free app.

Do you have additional apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities? Please post them below!

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