Tech Tools for Accessibility to Learn


Many students have the ability to learn if we provide them with multiple ways to access information and means to demonstrate what they know. Here are FREE tools to provide accessibility to all students and eliminate barriers.
Although we use research based methodology in teaching, consider these tools as a way to increase students' access to the research based concepts in the classroom. Just as automatic doors and ramps increase access for a person in a wheelchair, these tools provide students with cognitive and learning issues access to the curriculum.


| Text-to-Speech | Word Correction | Voice Recognition | Simplify Web Pages |
| eBooks with Supports | ScreenCapture | Access Tools | Language Tools |


Text to Speech

Eliminate barriers for students who benefit from hearing the text read to them instead of visually reading the text or students who need to hear a few words in the text but not all of the text read.

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome:

  • Balabolka
    www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
    PC download to computer
  • Natural Voice Reader for Windows & Mac – download www.naturalreaders.com
  • WebAnywhere
    webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/
    reads web pages
  • Mac - select text and speech
  • Voz Me /vozme.com/ add on to your own web pages
  • Set up Speak Selection in the
    Settings --> General --> Accessibility
  • SpeakIt!
  • Go Read for Bookshare for Android
  • Cool Reader for Android
  • Learning Ally for RBD books
  • Sound Gecko for iPhone read articles
  • Overdrive download free audio books and use screenreading software for text to speech capability
  • Overdrive Accessibility
    www.overdrive.com/files/Accessibility.pdf
  • ChromeVox,
  • ChromeSpeak,
  • Select and Speak,
  • SpeakIt (Select text and use Right Click to hear the text read)
  • SoundGecko - text to speech, save as MP3

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Word Correction

Eliminate barriers for students who can produce information but need assistance with the technical skills of writing.

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome: .............

  • LetMeType www.clasohm.com/lmt/en/
    Microsoft autocompletion tool
  • Ghotit /www.ghotit.com/ free online version
  • FreeSpell hcidesign.com/freespell/
    Windows based download for free spell checker
  • Spell Checker www.spellchecker.net/ online spell
    checker
    , grammar and thesaurus (use online for free)
  • Grammarly www.grammarly.com/
    use online for free
  • Free Online Spell and Grammar Checker
    www.jspell.com/public-spell-checker.html(can be added to your website)
  • Speller: Free Spell Checker (iPhone)
  • Spell Better for iPad
  • Ginger

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Voice Recognition
Eliminate barriers for students who can talk or say what they know instead of write or type it.

Tech Tools

Apps...........................

Google Chrome..................

  • Dragon
  • Dictanote,
  • Voice Search
  • OWeb Voice Input
  • Speech Pad - use right click to bring up option.


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Simplify Web Pages

Eliminate barriers for students who are distracted by messages around the screen or videos. Make pages and images easier to read.

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome....... ...............


Demo with Wikipedia and Textcompactor
  • Photon Browser (adds Flash)
  • Reader (part of Safari)
  • Readability
  • YouTube Extension
  • Cleaner YouTube - Safari

  • Font Size Increaser
  • HoverZoom
  • PowerZoom

  • ChromeVis

  • Simple Highligher
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eBooks with Supports

Eliminate barriers for students who need extra support in order to read strategically and comprehend or who need books in different formats.

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome >>>>>

  • StoryKit
  • Bunsella
  • Sock Puppets
  • Bookboard (trial only)
  • Audiobooks audio only Livorox
  • Blio iPad and iPhone for
    K-NFB have to have a Blio account

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ScreenCapture or Whiteboard

Eliminate barriers for students who need to have multiple opportunities to view directions or how to complete a problem, provide screencapture demonstrations.

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome

  • Capture using home/off button
    on iPad then use Skitch to edit
  • Knowmia
  • ScreenCaster
  • ScreenChomp
  • ShowMe
  • WhiteBoard
  • Educreations
  • Groupboard free for 5 students to draw
  • Screen Capture
  • Awesome Screen Shot (provides annotation)

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Access Tools

Eliminate barriers for students who need alternative access to the computer

Tech Tools

Apps

Google Chrome.............................

  • Camera Mouse www.cameramouse.org/
    (PC Only)
  • OnScreen Virtual Keyboard
  • Switch Control in settings
  • Click-Free Browsing
  • Chrome Virtual Keyboard

Language Tools

Eliminate barriers for students who need alternative ways to communicate and use language.

Tech Tools

Apps..........................

Google Chrome....................

  • MadLibs
  • Word Mover
  • Trading Cards
  • Chrome Dictionary
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