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In the latest version of the Google Search App for iOS and Android, not only can you say your question out loud, but your search app can speak your answer ri...
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New Plugin for PCs and a free Kindle App reads Kindle books aloud.
If you have a PC, Amazon has a free Kindle book that allows downloading Ebooks through Kindle - often at significantly reduced price from print books. With the addition of this plugin, these books can also be read aloud if the Kindle book has text-to-speech enabled (check for every book -publishers vary). Read more.
Barriers persist in our willingness to embrace this technology in schools. Some of our most dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and tutors remain convinced that listening to text is "not REALLY reading!"
As my friend Ben Foss @benfoss points out there are three ways to read: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading. Let's do what ever works best is any situation.
The benefits to all children who want to read with their ears as well as their eyes are many. How many of those same teachers who feel that listening to a book is not really 'reading' would not dream of preparing thier IRS Return without a calculator? Is using a calculator "not really doing math or not really paying your taxes???
Mac owners - do your free IOS 6 update! It has speech selection that highlights text as its read aloud. Great for web browsing as well as helping students reading along while listening. Highlighting must be turned on in settings.
It works on Ipad, Iphone, and Ipod Touch! Thanks, Apple!
Direct link to video showing Speak Selection here.
Assistive Tech for your mobile device
Pretty cool! Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now have an Immersion Reading program that allows listener / readers to listen to a narrated audiobook from Audible while seeing the highlighted printed text. This is an ideal situation for improving reading.Whispersync for Voice has also improved the integration for listening-based readers that allows them to switch between where they were in an audiobook, watching a video, etc. 15,000 Kindle and audiobooks are available for Immersive Reading.
Apple has greatly improved its baseline speech-to-text (dictate) function in the new Mac OS Mountain Lion ($19.99). Works in notepad, word, email, safari, and more...
More on Mountain Lion from Wired magazine: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/07/deep-inside-mountain-lion-15-hidden-features-in-apples-new-os/?pid=3591&viewall=true
Apple's Ipad is a great all-in-one resource for older students and adults with dyslexia. Check out our top 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia.
- VoiceOver / Ibooks
- Dragon Dictate
- Dragon Go
When Dr. Matthew Schneps needs to read, he turns to his iPhone 4S. The handset’s 3.5-inch screen squeezes text into one skinny column, which is helpful because the Harvard astrophysicist has dyslexia.
"Using an app called GoodReader, Landmark students read books in a single column of 42-point text that only allowed for two to three words per line. 'The screen acts like blinders,' explains Schneps. 'You end up reading vertically.' "
Kudos for dyslexic CEO Will Mayo for creating an app (now free) to listen to the web. So far, recent Associated Press stories, Atlantic, Tech Crunch loaded, hopefully more soon.
Another handy grammar and spelling check that's free to use while it's still in beta. Paperrater.com will allow you to check more than the free Ginger tool. Thanks Technodys.
Tips like audio note taking, visual tagging, and templates....
Great! look for the voice dictation button on the latest iPad and iPhone 4S...
Technology that works for everyone...
"The onscreen keyboard on the iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd Generation) has a new feature, Voice Dictation. This will provide speech recognition capabilities integrated right there via the keyboard.
Ooh - it's here. Iphone 4S has even better speech command capabilities.
Great review of apps for dyslexia and other LDs - children as well as adults
Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech translation.
We like Learning Ally, Read2Go, iBooks, Kindle, Speak It and OverDrive from the library. Also the Dragon apps for dictating notes and Flashcard app if flashcards help with memorization.
Technology can make such a difference for a student with dyslexia. Get to know the apps that work best for you.
what wonderful opportunities are now available for our learners... just got to reach them all more efficiently....true personalised scaffolded learning is looking closer
Evernote Clearly on Firefox or Chrome Browsers can reduce visual crowding on webpages and optimize letter sizes and some fonts for people sensitive to these issues (some dyslexics, some people with certain types of vision problems).
One click on the web makes it easier to read, share it instantly with your evernote App! Change font and Colors with one click, easy and intuitive, awesome.
"DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app “innovative.” Many educational apps are some form of flashcard, a way to enforce rote repetition and memory with some veneer of interactivity and multimedia layered on top. To be honest, I’m pretty tired of interactive picture books — yes, there are definitely some fun ones out there, but they’re not really any more “innovative” than pop-up books read out loud by an adult. It’s just an extension of the medium.
Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours."
I use instapaper on the iPad to bookmark web articles to read later. Great to see that with their latest update, they added the open source Dyslexia-Friendly font!
Some good Ipad book apps for older and reluctant readers. Listening while reading along is great way to increase print exposure. Students who are engaged will read more.
Tips for improving the readability of websites and handouts. The best tips are in this part 3: shorten line width, increase white space, larger font size, usually sans serif font (some may prefer serif though), and use pictures, text boxes, and bullet points. Read the full article.
Great for students and work - Listen to your documents - even forms. PDF Connoisseur allows syncing to iCloud and conversion of documents into pdf so that they can be read. Forms are notoriously difficult for many dyslexics - having a simple option for text-to-speech helps a lot!
Nice free phonics IPhone and IPad with flashcard quiz mode and new articulation practice. 6000 words. Phonics Genius App
Just found out my son is dyslexic and phonological awareness is a big deficiency - so we'll try this, although if it doesn't have some video game like entertainment then he might not be interested!
Cruxbot is a free app to help summarize webpages and identify keywords. May be helpful for some with dyslexia, students, and more.
Another way to visualize information. I bet many dyslexics would be great at developing these sorts of different charts.
Free Ipad app Paperport -good for taking notes, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, other LDs
I'm going to ask my son to use this to make a photo album of things around the house - but dictating rather than writing in order to improve his verbal fluency and practise descriptive writing.
Is it possible you may find it easier to read and dictate email from your phone? Check out these Iphone and Ipod reviews.