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Free at evolution

  1. 1. Evolution Program Assabet Valley Collaborative October 19, 2011 Kate Ahern, M.S.Ed..
  2. 2. <ul><li>See a full list of these and other Free AT options at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 4. Text-to-Speech <ul><ul><li>Text-to-Speech is a way for students to hear the words on the screen read back to them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Screen readers read EVERYTHING on the screen and are primarily for the blind and visually impaired </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text readers read selections of text and are for those with print disabilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some options: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Reader Free reads back selected text with highlighting and allows users to save as MP3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Balaboka reads back text pasted into the program with highlighting and more advanced options (pitch, speed) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word Talk reads text with highlighting in Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power Talk reads text with highlighting in Power Point </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. AudioBooks <ul><li>Bookshare (order through Kate) </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Book Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Ally </li></ul><ul><li>Overdrive Audio Books </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle Reader with NVDA </li></ul><ul><li>eReacher </li></ul>
  5. 6. Interactive Books <ul><li>PowerPoint Books </li></ul><ul><li>Tar Heel Reader </li></ul>
  6. 8. Hear Your Writing <ul><li>Talking Word Processors allow you to hear your work as you write or select your writing and hear it played back </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EdWord is a free simplified, talking word processor </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. Make Writing Easier <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Auto Complete uses the letters you have entered to guess what you mean and then completes the word for you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LetMeType </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Predicts a list of words based on previous </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Words and phrases you use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AI Type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>suggests words based on your writing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>requires an internet connection to work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use arrow keys and enter to choose from list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>control~ to toggle </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Find an alternative to a keyboard and mouse <ul><li>Click n’ Type is a free onscreen keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Keyboard allows students to a touchscreen to enter text with fewer buttons and word prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Camera Mouse is a free mouse emulator that allows you to use anything (your nose! your fist!) as a mouse </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Edu Apps </li></ul><ul><li>Access Apps </li></ul><ul><li>Study Bar </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  10. 13. Use Visual Supports <ul><li>Learn about visual supports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use them by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using picture or text schedules and lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making the rules visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using visual cues for transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use First/Then, Now/Later, and To Do Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the international “no” sign (red circle with line through it) when something is not an option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing “maps” so students can “find their way around” everything from inside their desks, to the building to their papers, to bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the lower grades or with non-readers using photographs and picture symbols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make step by step photographic or picture based instruction for things like science labs or art projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider making The Visual Dictionary ( ) your online dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider using your computer monitor, power point and words or symbols to visualize transitions </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Free Photographs and Picture Symbols for Visual Supports <ul><li> – mostly schedule and personal care related line drawings </li></ul><ul><li> – 4,000 full color drawing for use in schedules, communication and education materials </li></ul><ul><li> - 14,000 pictograms for education, schedules and communication all are black on white in design </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Support Pictures Search </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget that you can use your digital camera, Google images and website like Flickr as well. </li></ul>
  12. 15. Board and Schedule Creation <ul><li>ARASAAC Board Generator </li></ul><ul><li>ARASAAC Tico </li></ul><ul><li>Pecs for All </li></ul><ul><li>PhotoSYMS    </li></ul><ul><li>My Own Worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Tech/Syms (AMDi)  </li></ul><ul><li>SEN Teacher Photo Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Visuals Engine </li></ul>
  13. 16. Online SlideShows <ul><li>SlideShare </li></ul><ul><li>SlideBoom </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Thread for Education </li></ul><ul><li>What are something you could use slideshows for? </li></ul>
  14. 17. Create a Comic <ul><li>Make Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Pixton </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Creator </li></ul><ul><li>Piki Strips </li></ul><ul><li>Piki Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Comiqs </li></ul><ul><li>ToonDoo </li></ul>
  15. 18. Turn Your Computer Screen into A Timer <ul><li>This works especially well if your teacher computer links to the T.V. screen or a smart board. </li></ul><ul><li>Download a time from this site: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Or link to a live timer at this site: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Now your students have a visual measure of how much time is left to a task. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Change Your Font <ul><li>Certain fonts may be more helpful to learners with the visual kind of dyslexia or those learners with low vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some links to downloads of fonts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  17. 20. Use Mind Maps and Graphic Organizers <ul><li>There are many website that offer free mind mapping tools here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other sites offer us various graphic organizers to try here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good for learners on the autism spectrum and those with some kinds of reading disabilities </li></ul>
  18. 21. Visually Represent History <ul><li>Timelines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CircaVie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dipity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My timelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive Timelines </li></ul></ul>
  19. 23. Multi-Media Shows <ul><li>Voice Thread (free for Education) </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto (free for education) </li></ul>
  20. 25. Other places to find links to free AT <ul><li>Teaching Every Student Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Free Assistive Technology You Already Own </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>One Stop for Free A.T. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Free Resources From the Net for (Special) Education Blog </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>OATSoft </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>