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Productivity, Accessibility& Free Enabling Technology ToolsAre the best things in life free?A summary of free enabling tec...
Outline for Today• Free enabling technologies that can bedownloaded and run from a pen drive oraccessed via the college ne...
How Mature are You?http://bit.ly/jG4eKR
Alternative InterfacesRecording ToolsPlanning ToolsCommunication ToolsVisualisation ToolsWriting ToolsTexthelpClaro readKu...
Traditional models of supporting studentswith barriers to learningNo, it’s not insurednot for you to usein the publiclibra...
Assistive… Maybe Better Described asEnabling Technology Timeline
Creating an Accessible College
Inclusion for Everyone..because things are not always as they seem..because things are not always as they seemAssistive te...
A typical class of students on amainstream course highlighted thefollowing barriers to learning• Blurred/fuzzy print.• Hea...
How They LearnReflect on knowledge or skillWriteresponsesInteract withresourcesRecordinformationPlan responsesReading Tool...
Free and Portable Enabling Technologiesat www.eduapps.orgEduApps consists of four different collections of incredibly usef...
Web Based Enabling Technologies
A new way of doing things• Do less work but create more accessible resources.• Create alternative formats without being an...
• MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual andessential tools at your fingertips. Together, thesehave been designed to ...
• Planning - Xmind mind map, sunbird portable calendar and HottNotes• Reading - T-Bar, RapidSet, ssOverlay (screen tints) ...
Planning & Organisational ToolsXmind• XMind is mindmapping program,similar toInspiration, MindManager and MindGenius.Who w...
Planning & Organisational ToolsSunbird CalendarHott Notes 4 – Sticky Notes
• Try xmind, Sunbird and HottNotes
DyslexiaMany dyslexic people experience visual stress if reading blacktext on a white backgroundIssues for Dyslexic People...
Reading SupportVu Bar – read text one line at a time
Reading and Writing SupportTBar SS Overlay
RapidSetRapidSet gives readers thechance to change the colour offont and background on anyMS Office environmentHelpful for...
• Try VU Bar, T Bar, SS Overlay and RapidSet
OratoOrato is a straight forwardtext to speech application.Simply highlight sometext, press speak andOrato will read back ...
Writing SupportLetMe Type – Word Prediction
Writing SupportLingoes Talking DictionaryCurrent version not working on MyStudyBar but can bedownloaded from http://bit.ly...
Writing SupportRapid Type Tutor
Watch the tutorialBalabolka is a very good freeWindows text-to-speech tool.It includes magnification(2X to 16X) and spell ...
Dspeech and Balabolka text to speechand save as MP3Dspeech willDspeech willhook into the speechhook into the speechengine ...
Download Heather the FreeScottish Voice for your College• The Scottish Government has fundedCALL Scotland to provide a Sco...
Listen to Heather
• Try Orato and Balabolka
Visual Support• Virtual Magnifier
Visual SupportSonar Mouse RingListen to a lecturer talking abouthow he uses the sonar mouse ring
Visual SupportListen to the creators of Thunder Screen Readerhttp://tinyurl.com/3yat47oThunder Screen Reader- http://bit.l...
Help Icon• This will take you to the animated onlinetutorials and to the EduApps website.
Case Studies• South Lanarkshire College offers MyStudyBar across the college -http://bit.ly/p2tBlh• Free applications assi...
Downloadable and Web BasedEnabling Technologies
Cam Studio• Cam Studio Camstudio.org• Jing – www.techsmith.com/jing watch a videoboth record all screen and audio activity...
Other web based text to speechconvertersRoboBraillehttp://www.robobraille.org/ConversionWatch a video about RoboBraillehtt...
Text to Audio• Word to MP3
http://www.howjsay.com/Are you an English learner willing to improvepronunciation? Do you want to know how topronounce wor...
WebAnywhere• WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader On-the-Go• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfjD06aOxts
FRS Talking Calculatorhttp://fastrabbitsoftware.com/talkingAn onscreen talkingcalculator with large keysand sums seen vert...
Gingerwww.gingersoftware.com/• Works with ms word and PowerPoint, InternetExplorer and Outlook.http://tinyurl.com/3vvt5fb
ZoteroA Web Based Research Assistantwww.zotero.org
DeeperWebwww.deeperweb.com• A search engine or rather augmentation thatallows navigation by employing a more visualway of ...
eyePlorer
Other Visual Search Engines• http://www.nexplore.com• www.quintura.com• www.vewzi.com• www.googlewonderwheel.com
• MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual andessential tools at your fingertips. Together, thesehave been designed to ...
VoiceVoice recognition is in Windows Vista and Windows 7• Windows SpeechRecognition• Watch a tutorial• Learn more about Vi...
Visual SupportNVDA (non visual desktop access)General Features of NVDA:Browsing the web (with Internet Explorer or Mozilla...
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  1. 1. Productivity, Accessibility& Free Enabling Technology ToolsAre the best things in life free?A summary of free enabling technologies to supportlearning differences.Margaret McKay – Advisor: Inclusion05/13/13 1
  2. 2. Outline for Today• Free enabling technologies that can bedownloaded and run from a pen drive oraccessed via the college network.• Web based and other downloadable enablingtechnologies.
  3. 3. How Mature are You?http://bit.ly/jG4eKR
  4. 4. Alternative InterfacesRecording ToolsPlanning ToolsCommunication ToolsVisualisation ToolsWriting ToolsTexthelpClaro readKursweil 3000PenfriendCoWriterAudio NotetakersDragon Naturally SpeakingZoomTextInspirationMindmanagerReading/Writing ToolsCommercially available assistive technologies canoffer support to all(but are often only available to those with disabilities)
  5. 5. Traditional models of supporting studentswith barriers to learningNo, it’s not insurednot for you to usein the publiclibraryNo, it’s not insurednot for you to usein the publiclibraryIf you do not disclosethat you have dyslexiawe cannot give youenabling technology –you are not eligible!If you do not disclosethat you have dyslexiawe cannot give youenabling technology –you are not eligible!If you don’t have adisability you are noteligible to access anyassistive technology,regardless if it wouldmake a difference or not.If you don’t have adisability you are noteligible to access anyassistive technology,regardless if it wouldmake a difference or not.
  6. 6. Assistive… Maybe Better Described asEnabling Technology Timeline
  7. 7. Creating an Accessible College
  8. 8. Inclusion for Everyone..because things are not always as they seem..because things are not always as they seemAssistive technology solutionsAssistive technology solutionscan make a significant difference to acan make a significant difference to amuch wider range of people.much wider range of people.Especially free technologiesEspecially free technologiesthat can help a widethat can help a widerange of technology users.range of technology users.
  9. 9. A typical class of students on amainstream course highlighted thefollowing barriers to learning• Blurred/fuzzy print.• Headaches/discomfort if text too close together.• Strong/bold print leaves a shadow.• Lose place on line - Small print.• If questions long/complicated – structure answer.• Vocabulary difficult/unfamiliar.• Not always know what is important/essential.• Forget if sentences long.• Missed/lost handouts.• Time to read/take notes in class.9
  10. 10. How They LearnReflect on knowledge or skillWriteresponsesInteract withresourcesRecordinformationPlan responsesReading ToolsAlternative InterfacesRecording ToolsPlanning ToolsCommunication ToolsWhat They Do How To HelpVisualisation ToolsWriting ToolsIntroduce new knowledge or skillExemplify new knowledge or skillTest understanding of newknowledge or skill by completingspecific assignmentsReflect on knowledge or skillTechnologies can support the learning process inschools, colleges, universities and employment
  11. 11. Free and Portable Enabling Technologiesat www.eduapps.orgEduApps consists of four different collections of incredibly useful software:• AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading andplanning, as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.• TeachApps is a collection of software specifically designed for teachers orlecturers.• LearnApps, as its name implies, is specifically designed for learners. Alllearners or students can benefit from LearnApps.• MyStudyBar provides a suite of apps to support disabled users, literacyand support for those with English as a Second Language.• MyVisBar is a floating toolbar which delivers a range of open source andfreeware applications to support learners with visual difficulties.Currently containing 90 open source and freeware software applicationswhich can be entirely used from a USB stick on a Windows computer.Created by JISC RSC Scotland N&E
  12. 12. Web Based Enabling Technologies
  13. 13. A new way of doing things• Do less work but create more accessible resources.• Create alternative formats without being an accessibilityspecialist.• Make audio/ podcasts for a learner (without speaking orinstalling software).• Make mobile learning (without buying software).• Give poor readers reading help (without being there).• Give poor spellers prompts (without being there).• Define vocabulary (without being there).
  14. 14. • MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual andessential tools at your fingertips. Together, thesehave been designed to support the study skills andother support needs.• MyStudyBar has 6 sections; each has a drop downmenu offering personal choice, flexibility andindependent learning, particularly for those learnerswho require additional strategies to support theirlearning. With over 15 apps to choose from,• MyStudyBar is a useful free study aid for a widerange of people.
  15. 15. • Planning - Xmind mind map, sunbird portable calendar and HottNotes• Reading - T-Bar, RapidSet, ssOverlay (screen tints) Vu-Bar screen ruler,Orato text reader.• Writing - LetMe Type - word prediction, Lingoes talking dictionary,Balabolka text to speech/mp3, stamina touch typing.• Vision - Magnifier, Sonar cursor ring, NVDA – screen reader.
  16. 16. Planning & Organisational ToolsXmind• XMind is mindmapping program,similar toInspiration, MindManager and MindGenius.Who would benefit?XMind can helpindividuals whothink, plan and learnvisually.
  17. 17. Planning & Organisational ToolsSunbird CalendarHott Notes 4 – Sticky Notes
  18. 18. • Try xmind, Sunbird and HottNotes
  19. 19. DyslexiaMany dyslexic people experience visual stress if reading blacktext on a white backgroundIssues for Dyslexic People?Simultations of Different Disabilities
  20. 20. Reading SupportVu Bar – read text one line at a time
  21. 21. Reading and Writing SupportTBar SS Overlay
  22. 22. RapidSetRapidSet gives readers thechance to change the colour offont and background on anyMS Office environmentHelpful for people with poor vision,dyslexic people and those who need help reading text.
  23. 23. • Try VU Bar, T Bar, SS Overlay and RapidSet
  24. 24. OratoOrato is a straight forwardtext to speech application.Simply highlight sometext, press speak andOrato will read back wordshighlighting them as you.Helpful for people with poor vision,dyslexic people and those who need help reading text.
  25. 25. Writing SupportLetMe Type – Word Prediction
  26. 26. Writing SupportLingoes Talking DictionaryCurrent version not working on MyStudyBar but can bedownloaded from http://bit.ly/8wRowT
  27. 27. Writing SupportRapid Type Tutor
  28. 28. Watch the tutorialBalabolka is a very good freeWindows text-to-speech tool.It includes magnification(2X to 16X) and spell checking.It is also keyboard accessible.This software will create audio filesfrom text–MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA tobe saved and listened to on an iPodor other mobile device.
  29. 29. Dspeech and Balabolka text to speechand save as MP3Dspeech willDspeech willhook into the speechhook into the speechengine on anyengine on anywindows PC youwindows PC youuse and will eitheruse and will eitherread out text orread out text orconvert to MP3convert to MP3http://tinyurl.com/br8fsqq
  30. 30. Download Heather the FreeScottish Voice for your College• The Scottish Government has fundedCALL Scotland to provide a Scotland-wideschools licence for Heather - a high qualityScottish computer voice.• www.thescottishvoice.org.uk/Home/
  31. 31. Listen to Heather
  32. 32. • Try Orato and Balabolka
  33. 33. Visual Support• Virtual Magnifier
  34. 34. Visual SupportSonar Mouse RingListen to a lecturer talking abouthow he uses the sonar mouse ring
  35. 35. Visual SupportListen to the creators of Thunder Screen Readerhttp://tinyurl.com/3yat47oThunder Screen Reader- http://bit.ly/g3UiSH
  36. 36. Help Icon• This will take you to the animated onlinetutorials and to the EduApps website.
  37. 37. Case Studies• South Lanarkshire College offers MyStudyBar across the college -http://bit.ly/p2tBlh• Free applications assist dyslexic media student at Stratford-upon- AvonCollege - http://tinyurl.com/ycbv4hy• Mind-mapping supports visual learners - http://tinyurl.com/39s7q2f• Visually impaired student achieves fantastic results through the benefit ofaccessible resources - http://tinyurl.com/vison• Integrating interactivity to enrich study skills - http://tinyurl.com/24hchdo• Coatbridge College students identify which resources meet their learningneeds - http://tinyurl.com/395xe9h• A lecturer at Dumfries and Galloway College explains how he uses freetools to enhance the deliver of his teaching - http://tinyurl.com/3ynk3ew
  38. 38. Downloadable and Web BasedEnabling Technologies
  39. 39. Cam Studio• Cam Studio Camstudio.org• Jing – www.techsmith.com/jing watch a videoboth record all screen and audio activity tocreate multimedia learning resources
  40. 40. Other web based text to speechconvertersRoboBraillehttp://www.robobraille.org/ConversionWatch a video about RoboBraillehttp://bit.ly/abkbz6 *Learn now to convert pictures to words andtext to sound using RoboBraillehttp://bit.ly/p9nqZc
  41. 41. Text to Audio• Word to MP3
  42. 42. http://www.howjsay.com/Are you an English learner willing to improvepronunciation? Do you want to know how topronounce words in English? In that case, youmight be interested in this website.Howjsay.com is free online pronunciationdictionary where you can learn how topronounce words in English.Read more:http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/howj
  43. 43. WebAnywhere• WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader On-the-Go• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfjD06aOxts
  44. 44. FRS Talking Calculatorhttp://fastrabbitsoftware.com/talkingAn onscreen talkingcalculator with large keysand sums seen vertically.This software may be helpfulfor those with dyslexia ordyscalculia and for thosewho appreciate hearing thecalculations as well asseeing them on the screen.
  45. 45. Gingerwww.gingersoftware.com/• Works with ms word and PowerPoint, InternetExplorer and Outlook.http://tinyurl.com/3vvt5fb
  46. 46. ZoteroA Web Based Research Assistantwww.zotero.org
  47. 47. DeeperWebwww.deeperweb.com• A search engine or rather augmentation thatallows navigation by employing a more visualway of finding results.• Uses Tag Cloud techniques• Searchers can refine by date of material to besourced and view results in different ways.• Tutorial
  48. 48. eyePlorer
  49. 49. Other Visual Search Engines• http://www.nexplore.com• www.quintura.com• www.vewzi.com• www.googlewonderwheel.com
  50. 50. • MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual andessential tools at your fingertips. Together, thesehave been designed to support the study skills andother support needs.• MyStudyBar has 6 sections; each has a drop downmenu offering personal choice, flexibility andindependent learning, particularly for those learnerswho require additional strategies to support theirlearning. With over 15 apps to choose from,• MyStudyBar is a useful free study aid for a widerange of people.
  51. 51. VoiceVoice recognition is in Windows Vista and Windows 7• Windows SpeechRecognition• Watch a tutorial• Learn more about Vista Voic
  52. 52. Visual SupportNVDA (non visual desktop access)General Features of NVDA:Browsing the web (with Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) Reading and writingdocuments with programs such as Wordpad or Microsoft Word Sending andreceiving email with Outlook. Producing basic spreadsheets in Microsoft ExcelGeneral computer management through My Computer / Windows Explorer, ControlPanel applets, and other generic Windows tasks.Listen to a blind student talking about NVDAWatch an NVDA tutorial

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