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Free Assistive Software - EduApps
Julia Taylor – RSC SW e-Advisor

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  • Free Assistive Software - EduApps Julia Taylor – RSC SW e-Advisor August 1, 2011
  • AIMS: To be aware of EduApps - Open Source Software To understand how you might use EduApps To understand its role in inclusive practice August 1, 2011
  • E-learning has the potential to support more inclusive teaching and learning practice It can be flexibly delivered and widely available , the materials are highly portable , easy to store and lend themselves to adaptation and personalisation This flexibility should help meet the needs of the widest range of learners and support success August 1, 2011
  • 2056 Dyslexic students - disclosed No budget for equipment – personal devices Maintaining technical equipment Availability of software – USB sticks Mind-mapping software PDF Use Alternative formats production August 1, 2011
  • Guidance for librarians http://library.bcu.ac.uk?conferencepapers.htm Electronic Formats from publisher http://www.publisherlookup.org.uk Open Rose Group – process for Alt Formats AltFormat Repository TechDis Accessibility Essentials August 1, 2011
  • August 1, 2011
  • "In lectures, I have a note taker. I’m not that quick. I rely on my note-taker mostly. Use text to speech to Make MP3 Download Lectures from the VLE “ I find black on white hard to read but changing the settings every time is a pain and sometimes isn’t allowed ” Provide user end preferences Any learner can make changes August 1, 2011
  • August 1, 2011
  • “ I can’t type that well, it’s hard to keep up” Word Prediction speeds up typing Spoken word s are easier to recognise “ I need help to recognise words and meanings” Dictionaries and thesaurus built-in Text to speech and themed lexicons August 1, 2011
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  • http://eduapps.org/ Overview IMS Award video EduApps is an initiative developed by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East and consists of eight useful software collections that are free for you to download and use. The EduApps Family covers a range of user requirements to support teaching and learning: AccessApps – arange of applications that will support planning, reading and writing as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties There is a collection aimes at teachers – TeachApps and one for learners - LearnApps MyStudyBar a tool bar of programmes to support literacy and a high contrat toool bar for VI learners - MyVisBar MyAccess is a portal to all your favourite accessible applications Creat and convert – helps publish accessible documents for all Accessible Formatting WordBar helps you create accessible word documents with ease. August 1, 2011
  • Case studies – Somerset College Case Study http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=286294 August 1, 2011
  • EduApps: Free Assistive Software Open Source- No licences Portable – on a memory stick Any computer in the library/ LC Use anywhere you study Resources to support August 1, 2011
  • Resources. Guides & Promotion- materials http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps/resources.php Case Studies – including Somerset College Video - Tutors perspective Learners Experience NING Groups and forum RSC SW NING August 1, 2011
  • Create & Convert – Free Open Source legislation complaint, budget-friendly tool that will create accessible documents in three easy stages: Step 1: create an accessible document. Step 2: export it to talking book format. Step 3: check the output by reading or listening to the result, e.g., see the introductory screencast Take a word document August 1, 2011
  • Simulation and Modelling GEONExT – Visualising maths RobotProg - Programming Logic SolveElec – Circuit design/testing August 1, 2011
  • Overview Blog NING MyStudyBar Tutorials: Screen cast Introduction 2.06 Mindmapping 4.01 Tools 4.07 Screen Masking 1.56 (t bar multiple lines) Word Prediction Windows speech recognition August 1, 2011
  • MyStudyBar – 15 selected programmes at desktop level that support the complete study cycle - planning, reading and writing and promote independence For Vista and XP and Windows 7 Planning and organisation Mind Mapping, reminders and prompts Reading & Writing Background, overlay and text Colour Preferences Reading masks and guides Word Prediction Talking Dictionary, Text-to-Speech, MP3 Magnification and visual support Xmind – Mind mapping T-Bar – customising font and background Lingoes – talking dictionary LetMeType help with text inputting Balbolka converts text to audio Txt to speech via the computer August 1, 2011
  • Mind Mapping the Benefits Non- linear Use Colour for meaning August 1, 2011
  • Can be exported to Word or Powerpoint to start an essay or assignment August 1, 2011
  • Hot Notes for Reminder & prompts August 1, 2011
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  • Reading on screen Rapidset – resets the background and font colour August 1, 2011
  • A user can change the background and font colour to suit August 1, 2011
  • Vu-Bar: focus for reading one line at a time August 1, 2011
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  • SS Overlay - Screening colour background for reading August 1, 2011
  • Reading Menu > T- Bar OR Vu-Bar Change Colours Deegates> RapidSet and alter both background and Font > Apply Learner sets the colour or choice August 1, 2011
  • Reading Menu > T- Bar OR Vu-Bar Change Colours Deegates> RapidSet and alter both background and Font > Apply August 1, 2011
  • Magnification that can be switched on and off at will August 1, 2011
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  • Word prediction can be used by learners with literacy issues, but also helps those who need support recognising words from their sound. This could include a very wide range of learners with cognitive differences and those who find typing hard or frustrating. August 1, 2011
  • Lingoes – Words are voiced and defined for learners they can make MP3’s of the text to listen to and re-enforce their learning August 1, 2011
  • And it will translate words online August 1, 2011
  • Balbloka – allows learners to copy and paste text to make MP3’s that can be divided into chapters and labelled to support access. August 1, 2011
  • August 1, 2011
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    • 1. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide Assistive Technology and Inclusion Free Assistive Software - EduApps Julia Taylor – RSC SW e-Advisor www.rsc-south-west.ac.uk RSCs – Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning
    • 2. Aims of the session
      • To be aware of EduApps - Open Source Software
      • To understand how you might use EduApps
      • To understand its role in inclusive practice
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 3. E-learning Investment in Inclusion
      • E-learning has the potential to support more inclusive teaching and learning practice
      • It can be flexibly delivered and widely available , the materials are highly portable , easy to store and lend themselves to adaptation and personalisation
      • This flexibility should help meet the needs of the widest range of learners and support success
    • 4. Difficult to ask for help
      • 2056 Dyslexic students - disclosed
      • No budget for equipment – personal devices
      • Maintaining technical equipment
      • Availability of software – USB sticks
      • Mind-mapping software
      • PDF Use
      • Alternative formats production
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 5. Resources for librarians
      • Guidance for librarians
      • http://library.bcu.ac.uk?conferencepapers.htm
      • Electronic Formats from publisher
      • http://www.publisherlookup.org.uk
      • Open Rose Group – process for Alt Formats
      • AltFormat Repository
      • TechDis Accessibility Essentials
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 6. Inclusive
      • "In lectures, I have a note taker. I’m not that quick. I rely on my note-taker mostly.
      • “ I find black on white hard to read but changing the settings every time is a pain and sometimes isn’t allowed ”
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 7. Inclusive
      • "In lectures, I have a note taker. I’m not that quick. I rely on my note-taker mostly.
      • Use text to speech to Make MP3
      • Download Lectures from the VLE
      • “ I find black on white hard to read but changing the settings every time is a pain and sometimes isn’t allowed ”
      • Provide user end preferences
      • Any learner can make changes
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 8. Inclusive
      • “ I can’t type that well, it’s hard to keep up”
      • Word Prediction speeds up typing
      • “ I need help to recognise words and meanings”
      • Dictionaries and thesaurus built-in
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 9. Inclusive
      • “ I can’t type that well, it’s hard to keep up”
      • Word Prediction speeds up typing
      • Spoken word s are easier to recognise
      • “ I need help to recognise words and meanings”
      • Dictionaries and thesaurus built-in
      • Text to speech and themed lexicons
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 10. Inclusive
      • “ I have a problem remembering what order to do things in”
      • Reminders and planners.
      • Screen capture and videos
      • “ Managing large amounts of text is difficult- moving and renaming chapters takes so long”
      • Automatic re-numbering
      • Visual Storyboard view - yWriter
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 11. EduApps Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 12. EduApps – Assistive Software
      • Excellence Gateway
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 13. Assistive Software - EduApps
      • Free Assistive Software
      • Open Source- No licences
      • Portable – on a memory stick
        • Any computer in the library/ LC
        • Use anywhere you study
      • Resources to support
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 14. EduApps Links
      • Promotion- materials
      • Case Studies – including Somerset College
      • Video - Tutors perspective Learners Experience
      • NING Groups and forum RSC SW NING
      • Guides
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 15.
      • Create and convert – Docs to ePubs
      • SpeedCrunch – keyboard access, colour calculator
      • Simulation and Modelling
      • Speaking Dictionary – Sage
      • DropBox File managment
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 16. Simulation and modelling August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 17. RSC MyStudyBar resources
      • Overview
      • Blog
      • NING
      • MyStudyBar Tutorials: Screen cast
      • Introduction 2.06
      • Mindmapping 4.01 Tools 4.07
      • Screen Masking 1.56 (t bar multiple lines)
      • Word Prediction Windows speech recognition
      August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 18.
      • Planning and organisation
        • Mind Mapping, reminders and prompts
      • Reading & Writing
        • Background, overlay and text Colour Preferences
        • Reading masks and guides
        • Word Prediction
        • Talking Dictionary, Text-to-Speech, MP3
        • Magnification and visual support
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 19. Planning & Organising Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 20. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 21. Reminders & Prompts Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 22. Create a Note Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Planning Menu
      • Click on HottNotes
      • Click Icon In the task bar
      • Click New > Note
      • Type
      • Click Done
      • X to Exit
    • 23. Reading
      • T-Bar – Screen Masking
      • RapidSet – Change Colours
      • Vu-Bar – Screen Ruler
      • SS Overlay – Screen Tint
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 24. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 25. Reading
      • T-Bar – Screen Masking
      • RapidSet – Change Colours
      • Vu-Bar – Screen Ruler
      • SS Overlay – Screen Tint
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 26. Reading
      • T-Bar – Screen Masking
      • RapidSet – Change Colours
      • Vu-Bar – Screen Ruler
      • SS Overlay – Screen Tint
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Reading Menu
      • Click on Vu-Bar
      • R-Click on Mask
      • Click Controls
      • Choose a colour
      • Click Done
      • R-Click Exit
    • 27. Vision/Reading
      • T-Bar – Screen Masking
      • RapidSet – Change Colours
      • Vu-Bar – Screen Ruler
      • SS Overlay – Screen Tint
      Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 28. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 29. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Reading Menu
      • Click on T-Bar
      • R-Click on Mask
      • Click Controls
      • Choose a colour
      • Click Done
      • R-Click Exit
    • 30. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 31. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Vision Menu
      • Click on Magnifier
      • Move around the screen
      • Click to Exit
    • 32. MyStudyBar
      • Reading on screen,
      • Background colour and font
          • Word Prediction LetMeType
          • Create customised lexicons
          • Predict on first letter
          • Adjust background colour and font size
    • 33. Lingoes Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 34. Lingoes Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Writing Menu
      • Click on Lingoes
      • Type a word in the text box
      • Click Read Icon
      • X Exit
    • 35. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 36. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
    • 37. Go to View > Header & Footer to edit August 1, 2011 | slide
      • From Writing Menu
      • Click on Balbolka
      • Copy or type your name into the box
      • Click Play Icon
      • X Exit
    • 38. MyStudyBar and EduApps Julia Taylor e-Learning Advisor 01392 205472 [email_address]

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