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This is a very quick overview of some technologies that can be used in teaching and learning situations to help with study skill strategies.

This is a very quick overview of some technologies that can be used in teaching and learning situations to help with study skill strategies.

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  • Assistive Technology triangle – from Access Technologies at the top representing the assistive technologies such as screen readers and magnification or specialist text to speech, next personalisation and accessibility where desktop changes are made and built in accessibility tools are used to Productivity which is where built in spell checkers and auto correct may help to the final layer including free, open source, mobile, portable and online technologies
    which for some maybe the most important. This is not a hierarchy of tools but rather a complete toolkit approach.
  • Strengths:
    Speech
    Visual
    Auditory
    Doing /Kinaesthetic
    Dexterity
    Tasks:
    Reading & assimilating information
    Written communication
    Organisation & Planning
    Presentations & spoken communication
    Remembering things
    Resources:
    Financial
    Technical Support
    Training
    Peer support
    Support Professionals
    Expertise:
    Prior knowledge & experience
    Information Processing
    Working Memory
    Technology skills & confidence
    Environment:
    Home, Workplace, Study Location
    Accessibility / Constraints
    Compatibility
    Security & IT Policies
    Portability
    Tools
    Text to speech / eReading
    Spell checking / Proof-reading
    Graphical mapping / Planning
    Reminders
    Speech recognition
    Calculators & Maths
    Note taking / Word Processing
    Referencing / Storing Information
  • Open source
     
    ClipTalk
    http://fullmeasure.co.uk/cliptalk/
    Portable
     
    Dspeech
    http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/
    Balabolka
    http://portableapps.com/news/2013-07-11--balabolka-portable-2.7.0.550-released
    Free
     
    NaturalReader 12
    http://www.naturalreaders.com/
    Mobile phone
     
    Vod Lite Daisy and Speak it!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vod-lite/id398997553?mt=8
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dhristov.si
    Built in text to speech such as VoiceOver or TalkBack
     
    Commercial
     
    Texthelp, Claro, Dolphin, Don Johnston etc
    http://www.emptech.info/products_by_subcategory.php?ID=211
    Online
     
    VozMe copy and paste and ATbar
    http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en
    https://www.atbar.org/
  • Spell checking
     
    Open source
     
    Aspell
    http://aspell.net/
    ATbar
    https://www.atbar.org/
    Portable
     
    OpenOffice
    http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable
    Dictionaries http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Dictionaries
    Free
     
    FreeSpell
    http://hcidesign.com/freespell/
    Mobile phone
     
    Speller
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speller-free-spell-checker/id305997247?mt=8
     Spell Checker (+voice input) for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidsx.checkspelling&hl=en
    Commercial
     
    Oribi VeritySpell
    http://shop.iansyst.co.uk/products/product/oribi-verity-spell
    Online
     
    Ghotit
    http://www.ghotit.com/
     
    Ginger
    http://www.gingersoftware.com/
    Google Toolbar
    https://support.google.com/toolbar/?hl=en&rd=1
  • Graphical mapping
     
    Open source
     
    XMind
    http://www.xmind.net/
    Portable
     
    Freemnd
    http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
    Free
     
    Axon Lite version - complex
    http://web.singnet.com.sg/~axon2000/download.htm
    Mobile phone
     
    SimpleMind+ for iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simplemind+-mind-mapping/id305727658?mt=8
    And on Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.modelmakertools.simplemindfree
    Commercial
     
    Inspiration, MindView, iMindmap, Mindmanager, MindGenius, ClaroIdeas, Spark Learner etc
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_concept_mapping_and_mind_mapping_software
    Online
     
    MindMeister, Gliffy and many others
    Http://www.mindmeister.com
    http://www.gliffy.com/
  • Reminders
     
    Open source
     
    TaskCoach to do lists and reminders
    http://www.taskcoach.org/
    Portable
     
    Stickies portable
    http://portableapps.com/apps/office/stickies_portable
    Free
     
    VueMinder Calendar
    http://www.vueminder.com/
    Rainlendar with alarms http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php
    Mobile phone
     
    Aida Reminder and Voice Secretary links online
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aida-reminder-voice-reminders/id469446038?mt=8
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.voice.secretary&hl=en
    Commercial
     
    Calendars as part of the Operating System or Office Suite
     
    Online
     
    Remember the Milk
    http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
  • Speech Recognition
     
    Open source
     
    Simon Listens
    http://simon-listens.org/index.php?id=122&L=1
    Portable
     
    Possibly CMU Sphinx in the future!
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/cmusphinx/
    Free
     
    e-Speaking - Using Microsoft's Speech Engine (for Vista and Windows7)
    http://www.e-speaking.com/publish.htm
    Mobile phone
     
    Dragon Mobile apps
    http://www.nuance.co.uk/for-business/by-solution/mobile-application/index.htm
    Commercial
     
    Dragon NaturallySpeaking
    http://www.nuance.co.uk
    Microsoft Windows speech recognition / SpeakQ
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Set-up-Speech-Recognition and http://www.goqsoftware.com/writing-products/speakq/
    Mac Dictation http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5449
    Online
     
    Google voice search
    http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/voicesearch/index-chrome.html
  • Scanning and OCR
     
    Open source
     
    Tesseract-ocr
    http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/
    Portable
     
    TopOCR - still available but now SnapReader
    http://topocr.en.softonic.com/ and http://www.topocr.com/topocr.html
     
    Free
     
    SimpleOCR
    http://www.simpleocr.com/
    Mobile phone
     
    Pixter Scanner OCR (£1.49) for translating
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixter-scanner-ocr-by-quanticapps/id622615952?mt=8
    Mobile OCR Free https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartmobilesoftware.mobileocrfree&hl=en
    Commercial
     
    Lite versions come with the scanner
     
    Online
     
    Free OCR for limited amounts
    http://www.free-ocr.com/
  • Dictionaries
     
    Open source
     
    Yadabyte portable dictionary
    http://www.yadabyte.com/Yadabyte_Portables.php
    Portable
     
    Lingoes Translation and Speech
    http://www.pendriveapps.com/lingoes-portable-dictionary/
    Free
     
    WordWeb Dictionary and Thesaurus
    http://wordweb.info/
    Mobile phone
     
    Dictionary!
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary!/id293283136?mt=8
    English Dictionary https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=livio.pack.lang.en_US&hl=en
    Commercial
     
    Concise Oxford English Dictionary with speech
    http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/nav/i/category/academic/language/reference/dictionaries/9780199601097/R/narrow+by+format/cd-rom/n/4294926595.do#.UehYdo21GCk
    Online
     
    Dictionary.com
    http://dictionary.reference.com/
    HowJSay
    http://www.howjsay.com/
  • Calculators
    Open source
    SpeedCrunch
    http://speedcrunch.org/en_US/download.html
    Portable
    Converber Portable
    http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/converber_portable
    Free
     
    FRS Talking Calculator
    http://fastrabbitsoftware.com/talking_calculator.htm
    Mobile phone
     
    Fusion Calculator Lite app
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fusion-calculator-lite/id383549067?mt=8
    Speak n Talk Calculator Lite https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.speakingcalculator&hl=en
    Commercial
     
    Premier Talking Calculator
    http://www.readingmadeez.com/products/talkingcalculator.html
    Online
     
    Online Calculators
    http://www.online-calculators.co.uk/
    Kids Talking Calculator
    http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/math-games/calculator/
  • Note taking
     
    Open source
     
    Basket Note Pads
    http://basket.kde.org/index.php
    Portable
     
    Evernote
    http://www.evernote.com/
    Free Trial
     
    IdeaRover
    http://www.idearover.com/
    Mobile phone
     
    Evernote
    http://www.evernote.com/
    Commercial
     
    Microsoft OneNote
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/onenote/
    Online
    Zoho Notebook
     http://notebook.zoho.com/nb/login.do?serviceurl=%2Fnb%2Findex.do
    Synote that can be used to take notes whilist synchronised with audio files and videos.
    http://www.synote.org/synote/
  • Open source
     
    JabRef
    http://jabref.sourceforge.net/
    Portable
     
    Zotero with Portable Firefox
    http://www.zotero.org/
    Free
     
    Zotero with Firefox
    http://www.zotero.org/
    Mobile phone
     
    Mendeley Lite
    http://www.mendeley.com/
    Commercial
     
    Reference Manager
    http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/products/refman/reference
    Online
     
    CiteULike
    http://www.citeulike.org/

Transcript

  • 1. Free, Open Source and Portable Technologies Are we really going free range? E.A. Draffan
  • 2. Overview • Options • Commercial • Free and Open Source Need to think about the • Delivery System • Study Strategies a combination?
  • 3. mi ng olo g hn eT ec ea s is tiv str As in Ma ies Many Facets of Assistive Technology
  • 4. Think Strategy be STREET wise! James, A. and Draffan E.A (2013)
  • 5. Types of Technology Each example given is one of many! All are different! Think strategy – find the tools • • • • • Text to speech Spell checking Graphical mapping Reminders Speech Recognition • • • • • Scanning and OCR Dictionaries Calculators Note taking References
  • 6. Text to Speech
  • 7. Spell checking
  • 8. Graphical mapping
  • 9. Reminders
  • 10. Speech Recognition
  • 11. Scanning and OCR
  • 12. Dictionaries
  • 13. Calculators
  • 14. Note taking
  • 15. References
  • 16. Thank You E.A. Draffan WAIS Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. Mobile 07976 289103 E-mail: ead@ecs.soton.ac.uk http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/