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Day 20 – Can’t Write Won’t Write #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology Series

I’ve been busy today being all #teacher5aday, the initiative run by @MartynReah. So this is a quickie. I blogged about ‘How to train your Dragon’ on Day 4. Using speech recognition takes practice and lots of training – it works brilliantly but not straight away. It also gets better with age as it begins to …

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Day 19 – Speaking Dictionary – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Some students who use speech recognition (Day 4 – How to train your Dragon) may not wish to use this tech in the classroom. I do encourage where possible – see this video which, although old, explodes the myth that it can’t be used in class. Understandably however some students wish to be a little …

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Day 17 – the Exam Pen in an upside down video #28daysofwriting

So far I have concentrated on students who have poor skills – in exam arrangement speak this means those eligible for readers and scribes (standardised score of 85 or a range of scores between 85-90). But what about those students who are ‘a little bit weak’ reading? They can read quite well and relatively fluently …

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Day 16 – Do we really need to read and write? #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

I was recently introduced at a training session as ‘the woman who will persuade you that reading and writing are not required to succeed in school’ – I laughed nervously saying ‘well, not quite but……’. Reading and writing are vital, of course, (and talking) but Assistive Technology has come on so much that if you …

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Day 14 – Assistive Technology – VoiceDream – #28daysofwriting

Wow, we’re half way through. When I started this I wasn’t really sure if I’d make the 28 days but I’m feeling more confident now. It’s a real discipline to write everyday and I’ve enjoyed it. I have had a brilliant response from people for the assistive technology series – thanks to all those who …

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Day 13 – iPad – Accessibility options – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

When I first met iPad I admired its smooth appearance, its minimalist style and effortless charm. It was so intuitive, like it knew me, and I fell for it, truely, madly, deeply. We’ve been together a long time now – it’s never let me down and has gone from my shiny, exciting new passion to …

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Day 12 – Clicker6 – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

Crick has a very big stand at Betts. They are a very big company in the SEN world. This can make you suspicious – is it all flashy bang wallop? I don’t think so, in fact I think Clicker is one of the best Assistive Technologies for young, struggling readers and writers. I’m not on …

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Day 11 – ClaroReadplus – Assistive Technology -#28daysofwriting

I’ve written about a free text-to-speech (Balabolka day 4) and how it’s incorporated into MyStudyBar (also free Day 3). I’ve written about a commercial one (ReadWriteGold day 9). Now it’s the turn of Claroreadplus – another paid for toolbar. The choice between this and ReadWrite is mainly preference (I think ReadWrite is a little more …

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Day 10 – AudioNotetaker – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

Prefer your notes in audio? That’s all very well but it’s difficult to go back to organise and highlight relevant sections. This great piece of kit treats audio like text and it’s a brilliant idea. I first discovered AudioNotetaker by Sonocent at Betts 14 and have watched them grow since. Good products do and the …

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Day 9 – Assistive Tech – ReadWriteGold #28daysofwriting

TextHelp is one of the biggest commercial providers for text-to-speech and their ReadWriteGold is very fancy. You know we’re always moaning about white goods? Knowing that washing machines do a gazillion things but we only use the 40 degree mixed wash? ReadWriteGold is a little like this – yes it reads text to you but …

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