Apps are easy to come by, but it can be hard to sift through the junk and find the ones that really make a difference. Tapikeo HD is an iPad app that truly can be whatever you want to make of it.
Create social stories (parents of kids with autism really know the importance of these tools), audio-enabled picture books, visual schedules, memory aids, scrapbooks, and storyboards. Through Tapikeo’s grid layout, you can create combinations of audio and pictures that have the potential to serve a particular function. All you really need is some imagination, and Tapikeo will provide the platform.
Tapikeo comes with some examples of what it can do, so you have an idea or two to get you jump started. The Animal Sounds grid is popular, and it features high-quality pictures of real animals, and when you tap a photo, you hear the animal sound. For educators, this example is a great idea for putting together slide shows or grouping together pictures based around a theme and pairing the images with audio content. You can even put numbers or letters in sequences and record the sound of those letters or numbers. When you follow the grid in order, children will learn the sequence and the sound associated with that shape. Follow the same example to create a visual schedule, such as preparing for bedtime, and children will learn the tasks associated with that ritual and can follow it in order. Foreign language teachers can use the app to create grids based on learning vocabulary, and the audio component helps teach proper pronunciation that you can encourage your students to mimic.
Tapikeo HD allows you to create grids with up to 48 pictures with audio. You can also export and share the grids through e-mail. Tapikeo also includes a genius lock function to prevent children or users from accidentally deleting information. To unlock the app to make edits or create new grids, you must tap the lock button five times in one second.
There are endless possibilities for this app, and it has potential uses for children of many ages and abilities. Purchase Tapikeo HD for $1.99, available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.