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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 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 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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Day 8 – Free electronic copies of text books #28daysofwriting

OK You have your free text-to-speech – ‘Balabolka’ Day 2 blog TICK You have your free voices – ‘Ooo Daniel’ Day 5 blog TICK Your students are ready to go … Right, you say ‘read pg 64 of your text book’ – oh. CROSS So, what you now need are your text books in an …

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Day 7 – Structuring Documents – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

When I found out about structuring documents, I couldn’t quite believe I didn’t know about it. Now I show school staff and students and I get a similar reaction. By structuring my document I am using the language a computer understands – this is vital for a screen reader and I think government docs have …

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Day 6 – Inspiration #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

There are many concept mapping tools on the market. I mentioned MyStudyBar on Day 3 – part of the bar comprises XMind which is good. I want to concentrate on Inspiration though as it’s my favourite. Inspiration has multiple functions: You can create a mindmap or a spider diagram. You can then toggle between the …

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