Technology Resources

 

Scan-and-read/Text to speech

Kurzweil 3000 -  an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of UDL with a suite of  powerful reading, writing, test-taking and study skill tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. (Windows/Mac/iOS)

Kurzweil 1000 - Award-winning scan and read software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. (Windows, with scanner)

WYNN - literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. (Windows)

Read and Write Gold - Customizable toolbar that floats on top of commonly-used applications, including: Word, Google Docs, Pages, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Adobe. (Windows/Mac/iOS)

ClaroRead - a highly effective multi sensory software solution for supporting those who struggle with reading, writing and learning. Designed with maximum simplicity, adaptability and flexibility. (Windows/Mac)

Natural Reader - text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This software can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. (Windows)

Read Outloud - A simple-to-use and affordable text reader that makes it easy for you to provide access to any book file — and to the Internet — so that students understand the content they are reading. (Windows)

 

Graphic Organizers

Inspiration - For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding. (Windows/Web-based)

Kidspiration - Using visual thinking methodologies, Kidspiration provides a cross-curricular visual workspace for K-5 learners. Students combine pictures, text, numbers and spoken words to develop vocabulary, word recognition, reading for comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills. (Windows)

Draft:Builder - breaks down the writing process into three manageable steps: 1) outlining, 2) note-taking and 3) writing the first draft. With this structure, students learn to generate ideas and organize them to form a cohesive paper. (Windows)

Kurzweil 3000 - software contains a graphic organizer function ("Brainstorm View"). Brainstorm files are able to be exported to Inspiration. (Windows/Mac/iOS)

 

Word Prediction

WordQ - will read aloud any text you can highlight to improve comprehension and proofreading skills. Works with virtually any program, such as your web browser, Facebook, MS Word, Notepad, your email client like Outlook or Gmail, as well as your instant messaging application. (Windows)

Co:Writer - word prediction software that works in conjunction with any application you write in like MS Word, Web Browsers, Google Docs, Blogs, Email, and more. As you type, Co:Writer interprets spelling and grammar mistakes and offers word suggestions in real time. (Windows/Mac)

Kurzweil 3000 - offers a word prediction feature for use in conjunction with its other writing and study tools. Users are able to build and add to vocabulary lists, as well as "teach" new words to Kurzweil 3000. (Windows/Mac/iOS)

Read and Write Gold - includes a built-in word prediction system for use in all applications that require typing. (Windows/Mac)

ClaroRead - word prediction feature offers 50,ooo-word dictionary with add-on dictionaries targeting specific subjects. (Windows/Mac)

 

Speech to text

Built-in Windows - With Windows 7 speech recognition, you can use your voice to control your computer. You can say commands that the computer will respond to, and you can dictate text  to the computer. (Windows 7 and up)

Built-in Mac - Speech recognition in Mac OS X Lion and enables your Mac to recognize and respond to human speech, as well as convert speech to text in certain applications. (Mac OS X Lion and newer)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking - the world’s best-selling speech recognition software. It turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. (Windows/Mac)

SpeakQ - adds speech recognition to WordQ. You must have WordQ in order to use SpeakQ. (Windows)

Dragon Dictate - Create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more – all by voice. (Mac)