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  • 1. Evolution Program Assabet Valley Collaborative October 19, 2011 Kate Ahern, M.S.Ed..
  • 2.
    • See a full list of these and other Free AT options at:
    • http://gobundlr.com/b/free-assistive-technology
  • 3.  
  • 4. Text-to-Speech
      • Text-to-Speech is a way for students to hear the words on the screen read back to them
        • Screen readers read EVERYTHING on the screen and are primarily for the blind and visually impaired
        • Text readers read selections of text and are for those with print disabilities
      • Some options:
        • Natural Reader Free reads back selected text with highlighting and allows users to save as MP3
        • Balaboka reads back text pasted into the program with highlighting and more advanced options (pitch, speed)
        • Word Talk reads text with highlighting in Microsoft Word
        • Power Talk reads text with highlighting in Power Point
  • 5. AudioBooks
    • Bookshare (order through Kate)
    • Accessible Book Collection
    • Learning Ally
    • Overdrive Audio Books
    • Kindle Reader with NVDA
    • eReacher
  • 6. Interactive Books
    • PowerPoint Books
    • Tar Heel Reader
  • 7.  
  • 8. Hear Your Writing
    • Talking Word Processors allow you to hear your work as you write or select your writing and hear it played back
      • Word Talk is a free add on to Microsoft Word. It reads your writing aloud and highlights in the color of your choice as it does so.
      • EdWord is a free simplified, talking word processor
  • 9. Make Writing Easier
    • Word Prediction uses the letters and words you have previously typed to guess what you may want to type next and then it offers a list of those words/phrases
    • Auto Complete uses the letters you have entered to guess what you mean and then completes the word for you
      • LetMeType
        • Predicts a list of words based on previous
        • Words and phrases you use
      • AI Type
        • suggests words based on your writing
        • requires an internet connection to work
        • use arrow keys and enter to choose from list
        • control~ to toggle
  • 10. Find an alternative to a keyboard and mouse
    • Click n’ Type is a free onscreen keyboard
    • Dynamic Keyboard allows students to a touchscreen to enter text with fewer buttons and word prediction
    • Camera Mouse is a free mouse emulator that allows you to use anything (your nose! your fist!) as a mouse
  • 11.
    • Edu Apps
    • Access Apps
    • Study Bar
      • http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps/index.php
  • 12.  
  • 13. Use Visual Supports
    • Learn about visual supports:
      • www.usevisualstrategies.com
      • www.polyxo.com/visualsupport
      • www.card.ufl.edu/visual.htm
    • Use them by:
      • Using picture or text schedules and lists
      • Making the rules visual
      • Using visual cues for transitions
      • Use First/Then, Now/Later, and To Do Lists
      • Use the international “no” sign (red circle with line through it) when something is not an option
      • Providing “maps” so students can “find their way around” everything from inside their desks, to the building to their papers, to bibliographies
      • In the lower grades or with non-readers using photographs and picture symbols
      • Make step by step photographic or picture based instruction for things like science labs or art projects
      • Consider making The Visual Dictionary ( http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php ) your online dictionary
    • Consider using your computer monitor, power point and words or symbols to visualize transitions
    • This will help all visual learners, all multi-modal learners, those on the autism spectrum, those with dysphonetic dyslexia, those with non-verbal learning disabilities, those with Fragile X and Down Syndrome.
  • 14. Free Photographs and Picture Symbols for Visual Supports
    • www.do2learn.com – mostly schedule and personal care related line drawings
    • www.imaginesymbols.com – 4,000 full color drawing for use in schedules, communication and education materials
    • www.sclera.be/English/index.htm - 14,000 pictograms for education, schedules and communication all are black on white in design
    • Literacy Support Pictures Search http://www.slatersoftware.com/PixLibrary.html
    • Don’t forget that you can use your digital camera, Google images and website like Flickr as well.
  • 15. Board and Schedule Creation
    • ARASAAC Board Generator
    • ARASAAC Tico
    • Pecs for All
    • PhotoSYMS   
    • My Own Worksheet
    • Tech/Syms (AMDi) 
    • SEN Teacher Photo Cards
    • Visuals Engine
  • 16. Online SlideShows
    • SlideShare
    • SlideBoom
    • Voice Thread for Education
    • What are something you could use slideshows for?
  • 17. Create a Comic
    • Make Beliefs http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
    • Pixton http://www.pixton.com/home
    • Comic Creator http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/index.html
    • Piki Strips http://www.comeeko.com/
    • Piki Kids http://www.pikikids.com/ps/home
    • Comiqs http://comiqs.com/
    • ToonDoo http://www.toondoo.com/Home.toon
  • 18. Turn Your Computer Screen into A Timer
    • This works especially well if your teacher computer links to the T.V. screen or a smart board.
    • Download a time from this site:
    • http://www.harmonyhollow.net/cool_timer.shtml
    • Or link to a live timer at this site:
    • http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/javatimer/javatimer.html
    • Now your students have a visual measure of how much time is left to a task.
  • 19. Change Your Font
    • Certain fonts may be more helpful to learners with the visual kind of dyslexia or those learners with low vision.
    • Here are some links to downloads of fonts:
      • www.fonts.com/AboutFonts/Articles/fyti/Typography+for+Children.htm
      • www.k-type.com/fontlexia.html
  • 20. Use Mind Maps and Graphic Organizers
    • There are many website that offer free mind mapping tools here are a few:
      • www.Bubbl.us
      • www.Mindomo.com
      • www.Mind42.com
    • Other sites offer us various graphic organizers to try here are a few:
      • www.exploratree.org.uk
      • www.freeology.com/graphicorgs/
      • www.webenglishteacher.com/graphic.html
    • Good for learners on the autism spectrum and those with some kinds of reading disabilities
  • 21. Visually Represent History
    • Timelines
      • CircaVie http://www.circavie.com/
      • Dipity http://www.dipity.com/
      • My timelines http://www.mytimelines.net/create-a-timeline/
      • Interactive Timelines http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/timeline/
  • 22.  
  • 23. Multi-Media Shows
    • Voice Thread (free for Education) http://voicethread.com/
    • Animoto (free for education) http://biz.animoto.com/education/overview.html
  • 24.  
  • 25. Other places to find links to free AT
    • Teaching Every Student Blog http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com/2007/06/free-technology-toolkit-for-udl-in-all.html
    • Free Assistive Technology You Already Own
    • http://speaking.stanford.edu/Back_Issues/SOC68/highlights/Free_Assistive_Technology.html
    • One Stop for Free A.T.
    • http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/at.htm
    • Free Resources From the Net for (Special) Education Blog
    • http://paulhami.edublogs.org/
    • OATSoft
    • http://www.oatsoft.org/