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2 Assistive Technology: Recipes for Success in Reading and Writing Presented by: HCESC Teresa Clevidence, Jennifer Haller & Debbie McGraw January 27, 2014

3 Goals for Today 1.Participants will learn 2 ways to accommodate/modify a reading assignment using different formats (i.e. computer, iDevice). 2.Participants will learn 2 ways to accommodate/modify a writing assignment using different formats (i.e. computer, iDevice). Once we learn the ingredients and how to use them, we can then start combining them to form recipes for success for our students struggling with reading and writing tasks.

4 Reading

5 Who would benefit from Physical Appearance Adjustments?  Students with print disabilities, dyslexic, etc…  Students with visual impairments  Additional space between words and lines  Colored backgrounds  Font changes  Font size and style Reading – Software Based Ingredient 1- Physical Appearance Adjustments

6 Ingredient 1 – Physical Appearance Adjustments Tricks in MS Word  Sans serif font Pay attention to how the a looks in this font.  Extra space between words/lines The quick brown fox jumped over the log.  Colored text The quick brown fox jumped over the log.  Colored background Reading – Software Based

7 Ingredient 1 – Physical Appearance Adjustments Open Dyslexic Font  Example: The quick brown fox jumped over the log.  Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction and help reinforce the line of text.  Unique shapes of each letter prevents confusion through flipping and swapping.  for directions on how to load it into your fonts.  For Windows, Mac or iOS devices Reading – Software Based

8 Ingredient 1 – Physical Appearance Readability  Takes an article from the web and “declutters” it, making the visual distractions minimal  Easier to read; easier to utilize TTS app with reading the text  Can convert the text to ePub.  Can send articles to a kindle  Can access saved files on android or iDevices.  FREE- sign up for a free account and also install the add in (Firefox or google chrome) Reading – Web Based

9 Ingredient 1 – Physical Appearance Adjustments AT Bar Font Size (increase/decrease) 2. Font Style – font type and line spacing 3. Spell Checker – with suggestions given 4. Dictionary 5. Text to Speech - (British Voice) 6. Readability – reduce clutter 7. Word Prediction – AIType 8. Colored Overlay 9. Highlighters – when you select text the tool pops up. Reading – Web Based

10 Ingredient 1 – Physical Appearance Adjustments Reduce Clutter via iOS7: Safari Reader  Go into an article  Click on the 4 lines in the URL bar  The clutter will be greatly reduced  Select passage and then select speak to hear passage read to you using the iOS tools. Reading – iDevice Based

11 Let’s Get Cookin’: Physical Appearance and Adjustments  Software Based:  MS Word  Web Based:  Readability (Chrome)  AT Bar (Chrome)  iDevice Based:  Safari Reader

12 Who would benefit from Highlighted Text?  Students with comprehension issues  Students with attentional issues  Using electronic tools to highlight text.  Typically key ideas, signal words would be highlighted– to make them stand out Reading – Software Based Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text & Emphasizing Key Ideas

13 Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text – Emphasizing Key Ideas Fx Toolbar  Speak highlighted text  A FREE plug in for Microsoft Word  Can highlight and then collect these highlights to create a new document (i.e. study guide)  Change the case of the selected text and identify if sentences are overly long  WIN only  Reading – Software Based

14 Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text – EmphasizingKey Ideas Highlighting Text on the Web:  Diigo-  highlight and sticky note on information  Simple Highlighter- Chrome store Reading – Web Based

15 Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text & Emphasizing Key Ideas Highlighting Tools  Use iBooks, kindle, to highlight notes as you read. Reading – iDevice Based

16 Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text – Emphasizing Key Ideas MS Word Notes/Graphic Organizers  MS Word  Put sticky notes/thought bubbles with questions to guide students in comprehending  Graphic Organizer  Sequence events of a story Reading – Software Based The boy is sad.

17 Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text – EmphasizingKey Ideas ReadnRespond and Tools4Students Apps  Both of these apps are a collection of templates based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Students open the template, type their answers, and send to a teacher Dropbox account.  Appropriate for Grades  Price: $.99 each Reading – iDevice Based

18  Screencasting apps  Looks and works like a whiteboard, with drawing tools, etc.  Capture all drawings and annotations as well as audio explanation Ingredient 2 - Highlighting Text – EmphasizingKey Ideas Screen Chomp or Educreations Apps Reading – iDevice Based

19  TTS is the artificial production of human speech. The computer system used to achieve this is called a speech engine. Reading – Software Based Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS)

20 Who would benefit from Text to Speech? Independence… 1. for decoding words that can’t be independently read or seen - staying immersed in grade level content. 2. accessing curriculum without the need to “turning pages”. 3. Edit written work (catch missing words, wrong grammatical forms, spelling errors, etc…) As a tool to assist with… 1. phoneme manipulation and putting letters together to make words (i.e. cat – take of the “c” - add an “h” – made the word hat) 2. comprehension (slowing down text, reading in chunks before moving on to the next chunk, re-reading, etc…) 3. as a place holder in text, or to pace reading. Increase reading fluency by turning down the volume Bottom Line: We want our kids to have access to the information!

21 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR)- Assessment  Determine which reading accommodation best meets an individual students needs  Student reads passage at his independent reading level. Answers comprehension question and completes a Likert scale to rate feelings about reading aloud. Same process is then conducted but using an adult and computer to read passages.  Compare data to determine best fit  Available reading passages Grades  Free download at Free download at

22 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Word Talk   FREE Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word (Add in Tab at the top)  Speaks the text in the document  Highlights the words it as it rea ds  Contains a talking dictionary, spell check, thesaurus  Able to convert t ext-to-mp3 to listen to later. Reading – Software Based

23 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Bookshare  Accessible online library for persons with a print disability  FREE for students who have a print disability  Access to 222,000+ current (copyright) novels, textbooks, etc converted to a digital format.  Free Read Outloud software that is a text to speech engine which highlights as it reads, offers structured note taking, highlighting and annotating text, etc….  Can set up district- wide/ building-wide, and individual accounts for access wherever the student is  Writing – Software Based

24 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Commercial Programs  Read:Outloud /SOLO by Don Johnston -  Free Read Aloud version for Bookshare members  Read Write Gold -  Mac or PC, USB drive, web app for ipad, Google documents  OCR capabilities  Kurzweil  Mac or PC, USB drive, web app for iPad “Firefly” with reading features  OCR capabilities Reading – Software Based

25 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Snap and Read  Accessible text reader that can read any text on-screen: Flash websites, Word docs, PDFs, web-based tests, images, and even dialog boxes  Floats over any application  Runs from a USB drive or download on computer  $129 from Johnston.com Reading – Web Based

26 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Natural Reader  Free floating toolbar  Highlight a section, push the read button, and it will automatically copy it into their window and read it to you.  Does not highlight word by word- UNLESS you copy and paste text into another window.  Good voice  Paid version is available that offers converting to MP3 or audio file.  Reading – Web Based

27 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Speak It!  FREE Google Chrome extension  Select your text and click on the microphone in the upper right hand corner.  May take a few seconds to convert to speech.  Does not highlight each word as it reads.  Minimum of 150 wpm Reading – Web Based

28  Must have a Google account AND use the Google chrome browser  Read websites any Google document aloud with highlighting  Access Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Translator, and Fact Finder  Collect highlights made using the Google highlighters  Create a vocabulary list with images and text Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Read and Write for Google Docs Reading – Web Based

29 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Speak Selection Built into Mobile Device  Text to speech is built into the device (iPad 3 and newer)  Go to Settings-General-Accessibility-Speak Selection- toggle to ON  Where you have text:  Touch and hold down. A blue box should appear. Drag the blue dot to encompass the text that you want read.  Two finger swipe down to select paragraph. Select SPEAK. Reading – iDevice Based

30 Ingredient 3 – Text to Speech (TTS) Voice Dream Reader App  Copy and paste text or type it using the basic word processor  Highlights each word and line as it reads  Personalize the font size, voice volume, and speed  Export highlighted text and notes to clipboard, printer, , and other apps  Reads bookshare books, PDF, Microsoft Word, plain text, E-Pub, and more  Integrates with BOOKSHARE, dropbox, Google, etc. Reading – iDevice Based

31 Let’s Get Cookin’: Text to Speech  Web Based:  Chrome Extensions : Speak it, Read and Write  iDevice Based:  iOS,  Voice Dream Reader

32  The conversion of images/lines into printed text.  Typically Text books are scanned and converted to digital text.  Once the lines are converted to text the text can be manipulated (i.e. selected to read aloud) Reading – Software Based Ingredient 4 – Optical Character Recognition (OCR)  Individuals who need access to text but can’t decode it themselves.  Individuals who need tools to support the text such as: have it read aloud (TTS), dictionary, etc… Who would benefit from OCR?

33 Ingredient 4 – Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Creating Digital Copies of Text Common Tools:  Kurzweil 3000  Read and Write Gold  Adobe Pro Did you know: Many of these manufacturers are moving to more web based tools. Reading – Software Based

34 Ingredient 4 – Optical Character Recognition (OCR) PaperPort Notes App  Take a picture of worksheet and perform OCR- then write answers on it.  Can also do text to speech, speech to text ( depending upon OS), audio record, draw, type, bookmark, and more  Price: FREE Reading – iDevice Based

35 Ingredient 4 – Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Other OCR Apps  Many other apps to consider:  Prizmo  Text Grabber  Perfect OCR  Image to Text  Blink Pro  When searching scanning apps, make sure that is does OCR; otherwise it will just scan/ take a picture! Reading – iDevice Based

36  Summarized version of the text.  Contains less words/ length.  Not at a lower cognitive level… just less text.  Like a “cliff notes” version. Reading – Web Based Ingredient 5 - Condensed Text

37 Who Would Benefit from Condensed Text?  Students who can comprehend grade level information, but can’t maintain focus for the entire text. (i.e., attention issue, overwhelmed, extended processing time).  Students who cannot comprehend grade level information and need it written at a younger level – condensing the text might be the first step in making it accessible. You will also need to adjust vocabulary and concepts. Reading – Web Based

38 Ingredient 5 - Condensed Text Free Online Book Summary Sources: And more…. Other features include: Plot overview Analysis (plot, character, etc…) Key facts Study Questions and Essay Topics Reading – Web Based

39 Do it Yourself:  Copy text (from a website, digital textbook, spark notes, cliff notes, pink monkey, etc.).  Paste it into an auto-summarizing tool to receive a condensed version:    Note: MS Word version 7 and lower had this feature built in, it was taken out of version 10. Reading – Web Based Ingredient 5 - Condensed Text

40 Ingredient 5 - Condensed Text Too Long Didn’t Read Extension in Chrome  Free extension that creates a summary of any web article without leaving the original page.  Can select short, medium, or long summary length Reading – Web Based

41 Let’s Get Cookin’: Condensed Text  Web based:  Condensed Text Websites  Chrome: TLDR  iDevice Based:  Highlight text  Paperport Notes

42 Writing

43  Word prediction software improves a user's typing speed and accuracy by "predicting" and "auto- completing" words the user intends to type.  Various types:  basic word prediction  phonetic word prediction  grammar word prediction Writing – Software Based Ingredient 6 – Word Prediction

44 Who Would Benefit from Word Prediction?  Students who are physically challenged when typing. (eliminates keystrokes)  Students who are poor spellers, but can recognize correctly spelled words  Students should have at least a 3 rd grade literacy level so that they can:  Create their own passages (without just picking words predicted)  Choose/identify word they want Writing – Software Based

45 Ingredient 6 - Word Prediction  Co:Writer Software  topic dictionaries   $290 Free Word Prediction Software:  AI Type  Let Me Type en/ en/  E Type  Microsoft onscreen keyboard with word prediction- (Start to all programs – Accessories- Ease of Access- Onscreen Keyboard) Writing – Software Based

46 REACH Keyboard  Customizable keyboards  Can add pictures to keys  Word prediction  Once a key is selected, choices that are not probable go gray  Scanning  Price: $329- $900 Writing – Software Based Ingredient 6 - Word Prediction

47 Google Scribe  Chrome app that used to allow word prediction to users whenever there was a text box on the web.  Sometimes you can now download, sometimes you cannot.  Not currently working, but one to watch! Writing – Web Based Ingredient 7 - Word Prediction

48 Co:Writer App  Phonetic and inventive spelling word predictor  Grammar prediction  Topic dictionaries  Built-in Text to Speech  Price: $17.99 Writing – iDevice Ingredient 6 - Word Prediction

49  The ability to input text into a worksheet that isn’t digital.  Students who are challenged by handwriting  Students who are able to keyboard Ingredient 7 - Write on/Annotated Worksheets Who would benefit from Annotated Worksheets? Writing – Software Based

50 Ingredient 7 - Write on/Annotated Worksheets MS Word  Add checkboxes, dropdown box - multiple choice, short answer box – to type in  You need to have the developer toolbar turned on to access these: File - Options -Customize Ribbon - on the right side make sure there is a check in the Developer box  What is the best city in Ohio?  ☐ Cincinnati  ☐ Coldwater  ☐ Columbus Writing – Software Based

51 Ingredient 7 - Write on/Annotated Worksheets Adobe Reader XI Annotate worksheets  Circling  Typing  Writing  Add an audio response  Attach a document that guides student through worksheet  Cost: Free Writing – Software Based

52 Ingredient 7 - Write on/Annotated Worksheets  Take a picture of the worksheet – annotate on the picture.  Doodle Buddy or Skitch, favorite camera editing app: draw and annotate on top of pix. Save and - to print.  Use AppWriter or PaperPort Notes to take a picture and annotate Writing – iDevice

53 Ingredient 7 - Write on/Annotated Worksheets - Adobe Reader  View and navigate PDFs  Can bookmark  Annotate and comment on the PDF via drawing or sticky notes or add text  Fill out forms  Get from – open in Adobe Reader  Organize through folders  Can share, , and print  Price: FREE Writing – iDevice

54  If you want to quickly dictate answers to an assignment and have them appear in text :  Speech Recognition  VoiceNote (Chrome)  DictaNote (Chrome)  FireSay (Firefox)  Students who struggle with handwriting, or typing (physically involved)  Students who can not spell well enough to input words – but can read. Writing – Software Based Ingredient 8 – Speech Recognition & Recording Who would benefit from Speech Recognition?

55  An audio recording of someone talking.  An alternate form of writing.  Students who are challenged by getting their ideas out in print.  Students who are challenged by handwriting or keyboarding. Ingredient 8 – Speech Recognition & Recording Who would benefit from Digital Recordings? Writing – Software Based

56 Ingredient 8- Speech Recognition & Recording Sound Recorder in Microsoft  Microsoft - Start> in search box type recorder> press the red button and record your answer>name and save to desktop  You can then insert it into a word document Insert tab>object> Create from File> locate your recording. Writing – Software Based

57 Digital Voice Recording Apps  Voice Dictation : Dictate a message and have the text transcribed and send through sms, , Facebook, or twitter  QuickVoice Recorder (FREE): record notes, lectures, etc. Will work in the background while using another app  VoCalXL (FREE): option to upgrade for more time, record and save audio notes digitally  iTalk(FREE): Premuim version ($1.99) allows you to upload to dropbox  Tiny Vox Pro ($3.99): Digital voice recorder which allows you to save file as an MP3 and the file. Writing – iDevice Ingredient 8- Speech Recognition & Recording

58 Ingredient 8- Speech Recognition & Recording Dragon Naturally Speaking  Converts speech into text  Create documents  and search the web  Use simple voice commands to control many of the popular programs  Requires Training as well as multi- tasking  Price: $99 on up Writing – Software Based

59 Ingredient 8- Speech Recognition & Recording  Speech to text is built into the WIN operating system.  Go to start- type in speech recognition in search- follow cues to start  Floats on top of MS Word  Speech to text is built into the Maverick OS operating system.  Go to the Apple menu- “System Preferences”  Choose the “Dictation & Speech” control panel, followed by the “Dictation” tab  Be sure that Dictation is set to “On”, then check the box for “Use Enhanced Dictation” Writing – Software Based WindowsMaverick

60 Ingredient 8 – Speech Recognition & Recording Talk Typer  Go to  Click on the green microphone and begin to dictate your thoughts.  Edit as needed.  Copy and paste into desired document.  Only works within Chrome browser  Also: Voice Note and Dictanote (Chrome) or Firesay (Firefox) Writing – Web Based

61 Ingredient 8 – Speech Recognition & Recording Operating System iPad 3, 4 & mini:  Tap the microphone button on the iPad's on-screen keyboard. This tells the iPad that you want to start dictating.  Remember: need a valid internet connection to use voice dictation.  Talk.  Tap the done button to stop dictating.  In a few seconds, the iPad will turn your speech into words on the screen. Writing – iDevice

62 Ingredient 8– Speech Recognition & Recording Dragon Dictate and Go Apps  Speak and instantly see text.  Dragon Go :  Puts text in the search field of Google, Wikipedia, twitter, you tube, etc.  Dragon Dictation :  Use to produce longer passages of text to then copy and paste it into a document.  Requires internet connection  Writing – iDevice

63 Let’s Get Cookin’: Speech Recognition & Recording  Software Based:  Annotated Adobe Reader  Web Based:  Talk Typer  iDevice Based:  Keyboard split  Annotated picture (doodlebuddy, skitch, adobe reader)  Speech recognition

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