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SnapType: complete assignments on an iPhone/iPad

Get SnapType for Occupational Therapy on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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SnapType (iPad/iPhone App) allows Learners to...
   - take a picture of a worksheet,
   - tap the image,
   - add text, and
   - share the new file as an image or PDF.
Designed for learners who have difficulty with writing so that they can easily complete their asignments, allowing them, at the same time, to keep up with their peers.

Worth a look to see if SnapType is something that might help any of your learners!

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Evernote Clearly | Evernote

Evernote Clearly | Evernote | technologies | Scoop.it
Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read them anywhere.
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Evernote Clearly is one of my favourite tools that I also feel will enhance any learner's on-line reading experience.
Evernote Clearly provides a distraction free environment where users can...
   - enjoy their reading
   - customize their reading experience by changing the text fonts
   - choose a theme for the background of their page
   - highlight passages and save the whole page with highlights to their Evernote account (If they have one) and
   - Premium users can also benefit from the text to speech functionality
An ideal extension for learners to use when reading online.

Evernote Clearly is available for free download for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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Download to Dropbox

Download to Dropbox | technologies | Scoop.it
Conveniently download straight into your Dropbox account
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This extension allows users to Skip the downloading step completely.
How? – just upload files, images etc., directly to their Dropbox from within Chrome.
With Download to Dropbox installed all users need to do is right-click any download link, then click “Upload to Dropbox” – and they’re done.
File are sent directly to Dropbox, meaning it will quickly sync to all of the user's computers and other devices.
Even better if users are downloading a file on one computer that they intend to use on another one.
Note: Users will find all files they upload to Dropbox in a specific folder: /Dropbox/Apps/Downloads From Chrome/

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Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help

Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it
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 If you're a Google Apps for Education domain administrator you will also want to take note of the Administrator Guide to Accessibility that includes recommendations for control panel settings as well as recommendations for screen readers. 

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tbx - Technology - Free Software

Since Toolbox launched on 31 May TechDis have been busy adding more resources, trying to make sure it is as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.

 

They particularly focussed on some of the free and Open Source software that they think can be really useful for learners.

 

There are short video clips and how-to guides available for...
- text-to speech tools (DSpeech and Balabolka),
- recording audio files (Audacity) and
- mind-mapping (XMind).

 

All of the software is free to download and can be run from a memory stick so there’s no need to install it.

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word

WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word | technologies | Scoop.it
WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.

 

Do you and/or your learners proof read their work?

 

When producing documents,I always read the text out loud and, quite often, recorded it at the same time, using Audacity.

 

That way I spot mistakes that my eyes often miss and I also have the text in a format many learners/colleagues preferred (Audio/mp3 files)

 

Many people wouldn't be comfortable doing that and prefer text to speech tools.

 

There are plenty of add-ons to do this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by.

 

WordTalk is an example of a text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.

 

WordTalk has all the features users need from a text-to-speech program.

 

As the text is read, the text is highlighted making it easier to follow along with the audio.

 

Users can...

- change the colour of the highlight to match their preferences.

- change the speed at which the program reads the text.

- also save the speech for listening to later (WAV or MP3)

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How to Quickly Turn iPhone AssistiveTouch Icon On/Off

How to Quickly Turn iPhone AssistiveTouch Icon On/Off | technologies | Scoop.it
The Home button on your iPhone gets more insensitive over time and users usually do the next best thing, press harder!

 

One way to salvage the Home button is to fix the delay, or to use the Assistive Touch button, available on iOS 5 and above.

 

This How-To post is also useful for those who need assistive technology.

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5 Ways to Read Your Favourite Website(s) Offline

5 Ways to Read Your Favourite Website(s) Offline | technologies | Scoop.it

Many practitioners and their learners are on the move, and in the process of travelling, they often can't get Wi-Fi connections or 3G.

 

They definitely won’t be able to access any website from their mobile, tablet or laptop.

 

This post looks at one potential answer, making materials accessible even when users are offline.

 

This quick guide, looks at 5 ways users can access webpages offline...

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STAMP: Subtitling Add-In for PowerPoint

STAMP: Subtitling Add-In for PowerPoint | technologies | Scoop.it

The Subtitling Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 users add closed captions to the video and audio files included in their presentations, which boosts their impact for those with hearing disabilities.

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TalkTyper - Speech Recognition in a Browser

TalkTyper - Speech Recognition in a Browser | technologies | Scoop.it

Looking for an easy to use, on-line, affordable Speech to text dictation software application?

 

Talk Typer, with its simple interface, is an option worth a closer look.

 

Just...

- click on the microphone icon to input your voice

- watch as the application translates it into text.

- copy the text to the clipboard,  or print it directly,  or e-mail, or share to Twitter.

 

For the language learners and practitioners, it also links to Google Translate for quick translations.

 

Note:- best used with Google Chrome since this browser has the best support for voice dictation.

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FreeSpeech for iPad

FreeSpeech is a free iPad app designed to assist students who have Autism and other speech and communication impairments.

 

FreeSpeech app provides a set of images and icons representing common household objects and activities.

 

When a user clicks on an icon the word or phrase is read aloud.

 

The default categories of icons on the Free Speech app are...

- activities, self-care, grocery store, clothing, descriptors, emotions, and body.

 

Users can add more categories and icons to the app by...

- by taking pictures with their iPad and labeling them.

- uploading them from albums on their iPad. 

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clZoom

clZoom | technologies | Scoop.it

clZoom is a free and portable utility which will zoom a part of the screen up to 1600%.

 

The beauty of clZoom is that it...

- can be operated using the mouse wheel; and

- supports multiple monitors which the original magnifier utility from Microsoft does not support.

 

To use clZoom...

-move the cursor onto the clZoom window;

- left-click and hold the mouse button down;

- drag the mouse cursor to the point of zooming;

- release the mouse button

 

The clZoom window will show the magnified view at the selected point.

 

- use the mouse wheel to zoom in or zoom out.

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10 Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing

10 Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing | technologies | Scoop.it

Use Microsoft Windows to customize computers and counter the effects of age-related difficulties...

 

Microsoft Accessibility is a Windows resource that lists guides helpful for specific types of difficulties and impairments especially among the elderly.

 

For instance, senior citizens can check out the Windows features that make it easier to view what’s on the computer screens.

 

Available guides cover the assistive technologies built into Windows 7, IE9, and Office 2010.

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SymbolWorld

SymbolWorld | technologies | Scoop.it
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SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users.

It has material for all ages and includes...

   - news,

   - personal contributions,

   - stories and

   - learning materials.
SymbolWorld is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalise the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs.

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Home: Welcome to VocalEyes - description of the arts - VocalEyes

Home: Welcome to VocalEyes - description of the arts - VocalEyes | technologies | Scoop.it
Home: Welcome to VocalEyes - description of the arts - VocalEyes
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VocalEyes is a registered charity working across the UK at a variety of venues and with a range of partner organisations.
The heart of their mission is to work with blind and partially sighted people to enhance engagement with the arts, through audio-description.

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8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom

8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it
This post shares 8 assistive technology tools for disabled and ECE students in the classroom.
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This post looks at eight Helpful electrical and computer engineering (ECE) Technology Tools For learning environments. Including...
- Screen Readers
- Word Talk
- Word Prediction
- Supernova Access Suite
- Video Magnifiers
- Close Captioning and Subtitling
- FaceMouse
- Sip-and-Puff Systems
These technologies can make an enormous difference to learners by increasing accessibility and academic performance. No matter what programs you decide to implement or suggest to learners, it is important to remember that learners using these technologies may require more time to complete assignments and participate in online forums.

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Great resource suggestions for integrating ICT to facilitiate students with impairments and learning difficulties. Allows them to learn and use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively, and in their lives beyond school in the 21st century.

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Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help

Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it

About this guide and Google Apps
Welcome to Google Apps! This guide is to help our blind and low-vision users get up and running on Google Apps.

John Dalziel's insight:

 I was directed to this via the Official Google Blog who had a post about the accessibility features of Chrome, Google Apps, and the Android OS. Included in that post was this link to the Google Apps accessibility guides for blind and low-vision users. The guides cover Gmail, Drive (including Doc, Sheets, and Slides), and calendar.

A post I'm sure colleagues will find useful.

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CPD: How to Add Subtitles To Your Google+ Videos

CPD: How to Add Subtitles To Your Google+ Videos | technologies | Scoop.it

Closed Captions are subtitles for videos which are useful for people who...
- want to translate their videos into different languages or
- are trying to reach out to the hearing impaired.

 

For those who want captions or subtitles on their videos, Google allows them to add subtitle files to videos on Google+.

 

The subtitle files that Google+ currently supports are SRT and SUB files.

 

This CPD post shows readers how to...
- create the files that hold text information that, in turn, enables the video to determine what subtitles to show at certain points of the video.
- add those captions to the video.

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Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™

Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ | technologies | Scoop.it
Change the font on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube or any other site. Test Google Web Fonts™.

 

This tool is very useful for web developers who want to see what font they should use on website they are producing.

 

Font Changer, with Google Web Fonts, allows users to change...
- the font;
- the weight;
- the style, and
- the size of the font,

...on a website; all of which is great for people with poor eyesight who need bigger text to read comfortably.

 

Users can use this Chrome extension to change fonts on all websites, or they can pick and choose certain fonts for certain sites.

 

This gives them the ability to make the web a more consistent or varied place, depending on their needs and/or taste.

 

When users click the extension’s icon they can choose to modify global fonts, which is how they will change all websites, or users can choose custom settings to set the font for a certain website.

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Dictation - Online Speech Recognition

Dictation is a free online speech recognition software powered by Google Chrome.

 

The voice recognition in Online Dictation is good, including built in microphones on laptops.

 

Dictation can be activated with a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+.(fullstop) Alternatively, the user can click on a picture of a microphone.

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SoundGecko

SoundGecko | technologies | Scoop.it

SoundGecko is a service that let’s users listen to any article on the web, on the go, anywhere.

 

Many learners/practitioners etc., commute to their learning environment and back every day, spending up to 40 minutes or more on the bus/train etc.

 

SoundGecko provides an easier way to catch up/keep up with web content, without squinting at the tiny text on their mobile - they just listen.

 

There’s three different ways of sending articles to SoundGecko: website, email or a browser (Chrome) plugin.

 

In a matter of seconds, SoundGecko will send users an email with a link to the MP3 file that they can listen to, on any device.

 

Users can do all of this for free, without downloading an app and without registration.

 

If users do register, they get to use the iPhone app and also Google Drive/Dropbox sync that lets them listen to all your articles easily. 

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Obscure physics words get sign language equivalents

Obscure physics words get sign language equivalents | technologies | Scoop.it

A lot of technical, scientific terms haven't made their way into official sign language vocabulary. At the same time, these words are often far too long to bother fingerspelling.

 

That's why the Scottish Sensory Centre has taken the time to standardize translations of 119 words from the world of physics into British Sign Language.

 

The the new signs will make it easier for Deaf students to understand what they're learning in science class, and make physics more open to them as a career choice.

 

Milky Way and vacuum are among the terms that now exist in British Sign Language, removing a hurdle for deaf would-be scientists...

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JISC TechDis Toolbox

The TechDis Toolbox TBX has a large number of resources to help individuals to work smarter, quicker and more efficiently.

 

-  Using technology section contains a large number of ideas to help adapt the technology used everyday; covers both Windows and Mac computers as well as using mobile devices and tablets.

- Planning and organisation section help users set priorities, focus on tasks and manage their time. 

- Communicating section or getting your message across is an essential part of working life.

- Teamworking section making it easier to connect with others.

-Different Needs section provides a range of technologies that can help different users.

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Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.5

Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.5 | technologies | Scoop.it

Virtual Magnifying Glass is a free, open source, screen magnification program for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Free full version download and instructions for use.

 

Virtual Magnifying Glass...

- provides a different way of magnifying by using the mouse as a magnifying glass; it will zoom the point wherever the mouse cursor goes.

- has an option to zoom in from 1x to 16x - zoom dynamically using the mouse scroll wheel.

- sits in the system tray and gets activated by clicking the system tray icon and/or the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+m

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Good50 - The world's most readable search engine!

Good50 is a user-friendly search engine with slightly larger font size. It's for everyone including seniors, students, people with low vision, and laptop users.

 

Good50 is a Google powered search engine customized to be more readable and user-friendly to everyone including older adults, senior citizens, and school-aged children.

 

The larger text on the search page and the optional high-contrast setting makes it easier for older adults to access content on the web.

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