Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The following is a list of all assistive technology software found on all board and ministry prescribed computers:

Premier is an easy-to-use word processing program that includes text-to-speech capability and numerous learning tools. With the press of a 
single key, you can hear text as it is typed. It can also be downloaded for free to your home computer

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a Speech to Text software program. It allows you to turn voice into text. This allows students to overcome spelling challenges and/or fine motor difficulties. In conjunction with a graphic organization program, it can aid written output. It support students who have: Expressive written language difficulties, Attention deficit, Fine and gross motor difficulties, Physical disabilities
Dragon has two available apps from the app store for iPhone and iPad. 
1.  Dragon Search is a voice activated search engine.
2.  Dragon Dictation is a speech-to-text application.  
Both are free apps to download. Also free is the Dragon Microphone which turns the iPod into a remote microphone that can be paired with a computer.

SMART Ideas is a mind mapping software that gives students the ability to brainstorm, think visually and turn ideas into concept maps. 
This is ideal for supporting students with prewriting- helps them to create, organize and expand on their thoughts. 

Comic Life (Go to Programs and then click on Plasq- you will find it there)
This is not just for creating comics!  This can be another way for students to creatively present their work through an interactive learning tool.  
Students will find using it feels more like playing around - you can drag and drop your images into the different templates, arrange them onto 
a page, drag over speech bubbles and enter your text.  It's a great way to help engage your students.

WordQ is software that supports struggling readers and writers. It is a word prediction and speech feedback tool that serves as a text-to-speech 
  • Natural sounding text-to-speech
  • In-context prediction for corrections
  • Usage examples for confusing words
  • Predictions based on creative spelling

Students also have access to different types of technology to help promote greater engagement and support existing program:

- iPads (interactive apps that support student learning)
- iPods (download eBooks, iBooks through Overdrive, use of Dragon Dictation, etc.)