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  • Open Office OpenOffice is a comprehensive suite of programs which includes OpenOffice Writer for word processing (similar to MS Word), OpenOffice Impress for creating and showing presentations (similar to PowerPoint) and OpenOffice Calc for creating spreadsheets (similar to Excel).   In addition, OpenOffice Base is a database program similar to Microsoft Access. A useful feature of OpenOffice, particularly OpenOffice Writer and OpenOffice Impress, is that it is nearly almost compatible with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. One thing to keep in mind when using OpenOffice Writer is that when you save a file you can save your OpenOffice Writer files as Word-compatible documents. This means that you can open and close your files with OpenOffice Writer and Microsoft Word
  • Impossible to cover every potential learning difficulty – highlight some of the more common issues Dyslexia – one of the more common barriers to learning.10 % of population (or more) show some signs of dyslexia More common in males than females As common as being left handed
  • Proof reading, feedback to students as an MP3 file
  • Click n Type – Guide to Its potential use with learners at: http://www.bltt/org/software/clickntype/index.htm MouseTool clicks the mouse for you. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Tendonitis. Who'd have thought that those tiny little mouse buttons could ruin your life? MouseTool: Clicks and drags the mouse Sends Left-, Double-, or Right clicks Knows which of these to send into which window Can be controlled by hotkeys you define Versions are available for Windows, and Linux. And, soon, for Mac OS X!
  • Open cam studio, define recordable area, move cursor add commentary Volunteer required, save avi file, ope file in windows movie maker, add subtitles et voila!
  • Access Apps

    1. 1. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit 13 April 2011 | slide JISC Regional Support Centre Eastern RSCs – Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning Gerard Hayes Manager Maryse Fisher e-Learning Advisor Valerie Schicker Specialist Tutor Oaklands College
    2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction to RSC Eastern </li></ul><ul><li>An overview of the Access Apps </li></ul><ul><li>My study bar </li></ul>Summary
    3. 3. About the Apps Customising the menu Open Office Mind mapping software D-Speech VU-Bar Rapid Set Floating Keyboard Cam Studio
    4. 4. What’s on the USB AccessApps? <ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Organising Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and Writing Support </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Support </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard & Mouse Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Games </li></ul>Back
    5. 5. Picture Holder AccessApps storage facility . Use these folders to store the work you produce with AccessApps . AccessApps applications . whenever you click on a folder item or a menu item, the AccessApps start menu will move to the background. Back
    6. 6. Open Office Back You can save your OpenOffice Writer files as Word-compatible documents. OpenOffice Impress is the equivalent of PowerPoint Back
    7. 7. Planning & Organisational Tools <ul><li>Xmind – mind mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Hott Notes 4 – Sticky Notes * </li></ul>Back Back
    8. 8. Dyslexia <ul><li>Scotopic sensitivity and visual difficulties experienced </li></ul><ul><li>by many learners with dyslexia </li></ul><ul><li>What is it like to have dyslexia? </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis Sim Dis Simultations </li></ul>Back
    9. 9. Reading & Writing Support <ul><li>Rapid Set – Change Font/Colour Background </li></ul><ul><li>The Sage – Portable Dictionary </li></ul>Back
    10. 10. DSpeech Dspeech will hook into the speech engine on any windows PC you use and will either read out text or convert to MP3 Back
    11. 11. Visual Support <ul><li>Virtual Magnifying Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Vu Bar – Read Text one line at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Sonar – Cursor Ring </li></ul>Back
    12. 12. Accessible Browsers <ul><li>WebbIE – Text Based Browser Use in collaboration with Thunder Screen Reader* </li></ul>Typical Web Page Same Web Page using WebbIE Back
    13. 13. Keyboard and Mouse Alternatives <ul><li>Dasher (NEWS) </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the image below to see a demonstration </li></ul>Dasher is a information-efficient communication system driven by continuous pointing gestures. Instead of using a keyboard, the user writes by continuous steering, zooming into a landscape painted with letters. Dasher can be driven by a regular mouse, by touch-screen, or by gaze-direction. Back
    14. 14. Click N Type and Mouse Tools may assist for users with mobility issues or RSI problems Back
    15. 15. Multimedia and Presentation Tools <ul><li>Cam Studio – record all screen and audio activity to create avi/flash multimedia learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>VLC Media Player – cross platform media player </li></ul><ul><li>AudioBook Cutter – splits mp3 sound files to make them easier to listen to in smaller chunks </li></ul>Back
    16. 17. Techdis <ul><li>The JISC TechDis service advises on the use of </li></ul><ul><li>technology to support inclusive practice in </li></ul><ul><li>This includes advice and guidance for </li></ul><ul><li>teaching and learning, </li></ul><ul><li>libraries & learner resources </li></ul><ul><li>front line practitioners, </li></ul><ul><li>policy makers , </li></ul><ul><li>staff developers. </li></ul><ul><li>a wide range of support roles including administration support and marketing.  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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    19. 20. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    20. 21. Short Activity In small groups, take a bunch of enabling technology descriptions and read the outline of what the software can do. Consider these descriptions in the context of the students you have come across in the last academic year. As a group, come up with 3 or 4 resources that you think would or could have helped people you have worked with. What are they and how would they have helped If you are a manager, are there any that might have helped any of the staff you work with?
    21. 22. Hands on Activity <ul><li>Have a look at the software and the activity sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Try out one or two of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vu Bar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office Suite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hott Notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freemind </li></ul></ul>