Two problems I have found using a tablet in therapy is that it frequently doesn’t lend itself well to group therapy and smudges/sanitation. Here is my solution to both these problems.
A half-sized binder fits most 7 inch tablets. Because Android tablets are much cheaper than iPads, you can buy two decent ones for less than the price of 1 iPad. For instance you can by 2 Lenovo A2107s right now for $150 each. These tablets have offline GPS so they can be used for GPS navigation without a data/WIFI connection (not available in iPads). Another option is to get the Kindle Fire for $160 each. Two of either of these sturdy tablets are cheaper than the $329 for the iPad mini.
Both of these tablets should fit in a half-size binder. The binder protects the tablets from smudges and is easy to wipe off. Now you can do articulation therapy using Pocket Artic
with one student and language therapy with a few others using the Irregular Verbs Fun Deck
at the same time. Like many other apps, you can email the students results when you are done.
With either the A2017 or the Kindle Fire you can access the Amazon Appstore, providing a free app every day, several of these in the last year have been great for therapy (not available in iPads). There are plenty of speech and language apps in the Amazon Appstore (see my list of over 101) and with the A2107 you can access even more in Google Play. If you are not interested in either of these tablets there are 100’s of other Android tablets available cheaper than iPads.
On top of all this, Bluestacks can be installed on Windows computers and run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. Check back here next week for more details.