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Assistive Technology Applications

posted Mar 4, 2014, 9:45 AM by Scott Soucy   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 9:48 AM by Tom Borer ]
Did you know we have a district-wide license for text-to-speech and word prediction software? The software programs, called Read:OutLoud and Co:Writer, are currently installed on all lab machines and many classroom desktops. They can be installed on additional classroom machines by creating a help desk ticket. This software was purchased by the Special Education department, but can benefit students in general education as well. For instance, Read:OutLoud not only reads digital text to struggling readers, it has an outlining feature with built-in templates. The program saves source information for citing digital text, and allows you to add text to an outline by simply highlighting with green, yellow, and red (think: Step-up-to-Writing). With Co:Writer, you can copy and paste the text from a Wikipedia article to create a word bank for a specific writing assignment. As the student types, a small window suggests words based on topic, grammar, and phonetic spelling. To get a better idea of what these programs do, watch the videos below. You will need to bypass the filter to watch them at your school site. 

Assistive Technology!