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Text-to-Speech, the best apps for tablets

Text-to-Speech, the best apps for tablets | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Many eBook Readers have or not the Text-to-speech (TTS) feature, but clearly it is pre-installed in the eReader and can not be changed.

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Hopefully the increase in access to e-text will support learners who benefit from text to speech. See also http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/technologymatters/texttospeech

 

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DyslexicIT's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:28 AM

Increase the accessibility of your devise.

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

Published on Aug 8, 2013

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it.
Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication
How to access Google Drive, including from Google+
Cloud storage:
Left hand bar options
Uploading files or folders from your computer
Looking under the drop downs: Drive content and More
Shared with you: you can add these docs to your Drive too
Choosing how to 'sort' the content
Changing from grid to list view
Changing display in settings
Searching within Drive e.g. searching for PDFs and keywords
How to add a new folder and add files into it
How to enter a folder and remove files by dragging them out
'Checking' a folder/file to show more options e.g. move a folder
Choosing multiple files, or selecting 'all' from a folder
How to remove a folder/file - i.e. put into trash
Adding colours to a folder
Adding stars
Introduction - sharing a file
How to open a file; or choosing 'open with'
How to preview a file
Selecting several images to preview in a lightbox
Moving a selection of files
Creation:
Choosing to create documents, files, presentations etc
Naming the document
Files save automatically
How to download as e.g. a PDF - taking it out of Drive
Collaboration:
Taking comments and changes
Changing the language
How to give access to people
Seeing who has access already
Adding in email address
Choosing nature of access e.g. ability to edit a document
Emailing the person with whom you are collaborating
Changing from 'private' to e.g. only people with the link or making it public.
Giving access to a team/circle of people
Sharing the link to that group
Deciding whether to send them an email
Individuals icons will appear in upper right

Using a Google Hangout with the Google Drive app
Communication:
'Share icon' - appearing in several places
Same box as previously, but now can share it to several social networks
You can just choose 'view'
How to send out via Twitter
How the presentation becomes embedded within the message
The form/presentation etc. can be viewed from the Google+ post
Then 'share'
Sharing images from Drive to Google+
Changing the editing rights
Sending the image into a community
How to 'publish to the web'
How to embed that file's code into a website, including the size of the presentation
How to 'stop publishing'
The four elements: Cloud, Creation, Collaboration, Communication 

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Check out my blog for loads more videos:
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Accessibility Clearinghouse Home « Federal Communications Commission

The Accessibility Clearinghouse has information on the availability of Accessible products, services, and accessibility solutions.
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Useful evaluations of mobile technologies although focussed on American needs.

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How to teach … esafety and digital citizenship

How to teach … esafety and digital citizenship | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
This week the Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help you teach pupils how to stay safe – and how to conduct yourself - online

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Essential that e-safety works through all education sectors and does not cease when students reach HE.

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CapturaTalk

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Potentially a useful tool to test design of pages too.

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Assistive Technology Conference (run by students)

Inclusion Requires Participation Conference: Student Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning, Communication, and Physical Challenges EV...
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Some inspiring stuff in here. It's a long video but it really gives a feel for what a difference technology and modified practice can achieve.

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GAAD: Inclusive Education and the Samoa ... - Simply Accessible

GAAD: Inclusive Education and the Samoa ... - Simply Accessible | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
It doesn't really matter whether we're discussing children or adults; it doesn't matter whether we're talking about access in Samoa or in your own country: accessibility is the same everywhere you go.
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The worldwide perspective is a consistent strength of attending to accessibility, especially now that digital markets are easily global, and we will develop an aging population (i.e. increasing proportion of disabilities) with digital dependencies.

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Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less)

Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less) | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

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The approach of Xerte offers the potential to provide students with opportunities to be more creative working with their tutors - it is easy to understand and teach. Students can be more digitally experienced practitioners by exploring the features available to them.

 

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alistairm 's curator insight, April 26, 2013 12:03 PM

With the launch of XerteToolkits 2.0 it's now possible to bring benefits of rich interactive Xerte content to mobile devices. My favourite page types are the connectors (see sample http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg2) but the new flexible web page template is just brilliant - see link main Mitchellmedia link. Resize the browser, try it on your phone. See how it adapts. Any teacher with modest IT skills (eg PowerPoint, basic digital photos etc) can learn how to do this in half an hour. See next TechDis XerteFriday session on Flipping the Classroom - http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg3 and Xerte community site www.xerte.org.uk

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What is Streamline Text?

What is Streamline Text? | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
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A potentially useful tool for dyslexic learners.

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How most Open Educational Resources fail to meet the UNESCO definition of OER

How most Open Educational Resources fail to meet the UNESCO definition of OER because they are not shared freely and cannot be remixed freely.

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Helena Capela's curator insight, March 20, 2013 6:40 PM

open, share, remix

Felicitas Isler's curator insight, March 31, 2013 4:37 PM

Open is not always free.

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ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers"

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers" | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Last week I attended the one-day conference "E-books and accessibility : ugly duckling or adolescent swan?" at Senate House in London. This was an excellent event organised by JISC TechDis, EDItEUR...

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I'd like to discover more case studies of this is practice in a range of disciplines, to hear how effective different appraoches are in context.

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 26, 2013 7:08 AM

An excellent article from ebooks@cambridge who provide a synopsis of the eBooks and Accessibiltiy event organised by @Jisc Techdis in February 2013. 

 

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 27, 2013 12:45 PM
This is a wonderful article. I'd like to learn more. Scanning existing books for learners with disabilities is a first step in making content accessible. Hopefully eBook publishers will create books that are well designed visually, using space, images and semantic structure. And hopefully school budgets will see the advantage of purchasing these types of eBooks.
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Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Harrogate-News

Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Harrogate-News | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Henshaws College in Harrogate has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently.
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This handy resource is ideal for users with low vision and/or dexterity problems. It's also great for teaching, as its interface is clear throughout the room.

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terrymc's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:27 AM

This handy resource is ideal for users with low vision and/or dexterity problems.

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 26, 2013 12:00 PM
I tried it out and like the simple interface and large type...also large icons. It's probably also good for anyone who is a senior and has lost vision.
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TechDis Ambassadors' Space

TechDis Ambassadors' Space | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
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The TechDis Ambassadors programme is one which encourages adults with learning or other difficulties to celebrate and share their use of technology for working, studying, playing games or chatting with friends in a safe and responsible way

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E-readers prove easy on the eye for dyslexics

Using an e-reader may help some dyslexic students understand what they read more effectively, researchers at Harvard University argue.In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, the authors found that…...
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The advantages of e-books cannot be underestimated for those with print-impairment. See also http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/events/detail/2013/tdtuesday14052013

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Teaching Children With Dyslexia - Accommodations - Reading Horizons

Teaching Children With Dyslexia - Accommodations - Reading Horizons | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

"As a dyslexic specialist and someone who knows a great deal about teaching children with dyslexia, I see on a daily basis the struggles these students face in the mainstream classroom. What can be written in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) varies from state to state, and, often, dyslexia is not even addressed. Sometimes, if you approach it as a reading disability or a processing disorder, the schools may be more willing to work with you. You have the right as parents to discuss with your children's teachers certain accommodations that will help your children perform better and allow them to measure a more-accurate assessment of their knowledge and intelligence. You may take this list in to your children's schools and/or teachers and discuss with them what they would be willing to do to help your children."


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Improving the understanding of dyslexia and how technology can help, with both condition and practice.

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E-learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice: Amazon.co.uk: Jane K. Seale: Books

E-learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice

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This book should be read in its entirety by anyone working in e-learning or accessibility, and provides a useful resource for anyone teaching in higher education today."—Dr. Simon Ball, Senior Advisor at Jisc TechDis

 

 

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PDF Lab

PDF Lab | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
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Looks like a very powerful tool. Benefits from support and guidance though to help make best use of it i.e. http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/keyinitiatives/pdfguidance

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Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties: level All

Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties: level All | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

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Lots of useful ideas here to improve communication with and without technology.

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alistairm 's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:01 AM

Thanks to Lisa Featherstone for pointing me to these excellent resources for working with learners with complex needs.

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Access & Inclusion Case Studies from RSC Scotland Showcase ...

Access & Inclusion Case Studies from RSC Scotland Showcase ... | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
She has become a leading Learner Inclusion Ambassador, representing learners at the college's award winning e-Inclusion group. In addition ... Using In-Folio Accessible e-Portfolio System at Cumbernauld College.
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RSC Scotland - Stars!

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Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons

Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. ...

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More accessible forms of data to follow then....

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Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet

Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

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Looks promising if affordable, but expect some privacy issues.

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, April 27, 2013 8:22 AM

What? Google’s AI glasses with heads-up display are a clear winner for users who can’t even see? Absolutely. Moreover they promise huge potential benefits for users with a range of other impairments too.

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:36 AM

This article outlines the potential benefits of this new gadget for blind, Deaf and other persons with disabilities. 

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Apps For The Deaf And Hearing Impaired: iPad/iPhone Apps AppList

Apps For The Deaf And Hearing Impaired: iPad/iPhone Apps AppList | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Every day the iPhone is helping people live better lives. We hav
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Useful resources and ideas for mobile devices and deaf learners. Note also http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/resources/watchwords

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DIY technology

The University's developed a powerful suite of online learning and content creation tools which are available for free. In this video Dr Wyn Morgan and Andy ...

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 22, 2013 9:10 AM

Xerte has become a tool which is being used by content creators of all disciplines across FE and HE in the UK and the next version of Xerte is in the process of being introduced.  Jisc Techdis have been activly involved in champining the development of Xerte Online Toolkits over the years.

 

Jisc RSC Scotland are hoping to deliver Xerte training in May 2013. Interested? Keep an eye on our events page over the next month for more information - http://tiny.cc/RSCScotlandEventsxerte

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It's Only Me - Ryan Hughes

This is a wee song about exclusion and loneliness, written and performed by Higher Music student, Ryan Hughes of Ashcraig Secondary School in Glasgow.

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Why its important not to exclude (by poor design or any other accidental mechanism)

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 19, 2013 7:20 AM

'It's Only Me' written performed by Glasgow pupil with Cerabral Palsy Ryan Hughes. http://youtu.be/aKUKE1vptvo ; @Rydo_Official.  Ryan is a talented man who is using his skills and talent to share experiences with others.

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GT | Newsroom - Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets

GT | Newsroom - Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Researchers at Georgia Tech are trying to open the world of tablets to children whose limited mobility makes it difficult for them to perform the common pinch and swipe gestures required to control the devices.
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Always interested to hear how these might be used in a learning situation.

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