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Links and information when considering if student needs technology or AT tools for reading or writing.

Links and information when considering if student needs technology or AT tools for reading or writing.

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  • 1. Text-to-Speech and Word Prediction: Technology Supportsfor Struggling Readers and Writers Hindie Becker Dershowitz Tricia Peters
  • 2. Resources• Comments/suggestions: http://todaysmeet.com/texttospeech• LiveBinder of Resources – http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/611449• Learnist Board of Resources – http://learni.st/users/5997/boards/6646-text-to- speech-and-word-prediction-technology- supports-for-struggling-readers-and-writers
  • 3. Considerations • Reasons against using Text To Speech• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
  • 4. Considerations • Reasons for using Text To Speech• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
  • 5. Considerations • Reasons against using Word Prediction• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
  • 6. Considerations • Reasons for using Word Prediction• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
  • 7. Consideration Tools for Reading• Protocol for Accommodations in Reading – Oral Reading – Adult Reading – Text Reader • Computer • Mobile device – Likert Scale• http://www.donjohnston.com/products/par/in dex.html
  • 8. Written Productivity Profile• Handwriting and Keyboarding Comparisons• Alphabet• Copy sentence or passage• Writing Prompt – picture, – Jar Journal – Discussions• Dictated Sentence• Word Prediction• http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/depar tments/hiat/resources/wpp.shtm
  • 9. ARD Paperwork• IEP Goals/objectives• Accommodations• STARR testing
  • 10. Print Disability• Print Disability – Chafee Amendment• Accessible Instructional Materials – IDEA• National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials – AIM Explorer • http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision- making_tools/aim_explorer – AIM Navigator • http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision-
  • 11. FeaturesWYNN Kurzweil Snap & Read Read Write Gold
  • 12. WYNN• WYNN Tip Sheets – http://www.freedomscientific.com/lsg/products/w ynn_tipsheets.asp• Pearl Document Camera
  • 13. Features• OCR Tools• Text to Speech Tools• Dictionary Tools• Research Tools• Word Prediction• Tools to read websites• Tools to read PDF documents• Test taking/writing tools• Ability to save audio file
  • 14. Read & Write• Works within Word/PDF environment• Various Toolbars – Reading – Writing – Studying – Research
  • 15. Read Write• Read & Write Gold Tutorials• http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/our- products/readwrite/educator- resources/documentation/• Loudon County Public School• http://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/VA01000195/C entricity/Domain/116/reference%20cards/R WGtaskcards10.pdf
  • 16. Kurzweil• Kurzweil Files – Opens and reads Word and PDF Files• Customize Toolbars – Main Toolbar – Reading Toolbar – Study Skills Toolbar – Writing Toolbar
  • 17. Kurzweil• Toolbars
  • 18. Snap N Read• Windows or Mac• USB Flashdrive• Floats over applications• Docs• PDF• Websites• http://www.donjohnston.com/products/snap- read/index.html
  • 19. Snap & Read• Click and drag over text• Speaker• Click on triangle to open settings• You can adjust speech, highlightingcolors and background transparency
  • 20. CoWriter• Word Prediction• Click on arrow to flip to tools• Topic Dictionaries – Display words from Dictionary• Create Custom Dictionaries
  • 21. Adobe PDF• Someone needs to have Adobe Pro – Enable editing – Save and share file• Enable editing in Adobe Pro – http://natri.uky.edu/assoc_projects/qiat/documen ts/resourcebank/V- 2CreateinteractiveFormsAdobeProfessional.pdf• Students can use form on any computer
  • 22. Read&Write for Google Docs• Free in Chrome Webstore• https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/r ead%26write-for-google- doc/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd
  • 23. FireFox Extenstions• Talking Clipboard – http://talkingclipboard.com/• Accessibar – https://addons.mozilla.org/en- us/firefox/addon/accessibar/?src=search
  • 24. Safari• Handout from www.billziegler.com• Set the computer up to read text – System Preferences: Speech:Text to Speech- Select your System Voice & Rate.• You can re-set the HOT key that triggers the speech• De-clutter text on Safari web pages• Use Cover Flow and Top Sites to allow struggling readers to locate folders, documents and Internet sites
  • 25. Free Text to Speech Tools• Edu Apps, My Study Bar – http://eduapps.org/?page_id=7#• AT Bar – http://www.atbar.org/• Balabolka – http://balabolka.en.softonic.com/• Natural Reader – http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.php
  • 26. iPad Accessibility• Speech with highlighting• https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5KeW- 3vYr1XQ3VSa19xSC1ZQjQ/edit• Guided Access• https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5KeW- 3vYr1Xbi05ZWRKOGt2aTA/edit• Voice Over
  • 27. Word Prediction Apps• Predictable• Brevity – Copy Text – Email Text – Voice OVer
  • 28. Accessible Apps• iWordQ – Word prediciton – Text To Speech – http://www.goqsoftware.com/en/writing- products/iwordq/• Verbally – Reads Text – http://www.voicedream.com/
  • 29. Apps• WebReader• iBooks• Read Me Stories• Evernote•
  • 30. Accessible Apps• Say Text – Take a picture of text and OCR – Works with Voice Over – http://www.docscannerapp.com/saytext/