Accessibility Options in Google
There are many different accessibility tools you can use with your favorite Google tools. From screen readers to voice comments, this list will highlight the different tools you and your students can use to facilitate access and use of Google services.
Join the Google+ Community Virtual Photo Walks and visit the foundation @ www.virtualphotowalks.org/.
Hand Challenge Link: www.handchallenge.com
The Prosthetic Kids project began when Carson, Corbyn, and McKenzie got fired up about the chance to really impact another child's life. You can read more about their story on People.com. We were so fortunate to win the Belk Service Learning challenge, and remain grateful for the support and love we received from Belk and Discovery Education. The Hand Challenge was born of a desire to help anyone with access to a 3D Printer be able to be a part of work that can change the life of a child.
Google Services Google Hangouts
A free video conferencing tool that lets up to 50 (work)/10 (personal) people connect, chat, share their desktops, and more.
-Docs plus any screen reader will allow users to hear the written text.
-Type with voice
-capture items on the screen and add them to docs or slides
Docs - Type with your voice You can use your voice to set up a doc, customize it, write, bold, etc.
This extension reads out loud every website you visit. For example, if you're too tired but still need to study one more Wikipedia entry, Announcify can help your tired eyes relax.
With the bubble cursor you can click on links and type inside text fields just by having your cursor near them. Since you don't have to be as accurate, your browsing can become faster and more efficient.
Link to Install: https://goo.gl/1KuXsf
SpeakIt converts text into speech so it can be read to you. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/xQ9l6n
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/JYAhhn
Chrome Speak Text to speech reader that works offline! Select text and select "Read the selected text" from context menu. It works on long texts and it is offline, so it can be faster. Translated into almost all Languages.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/ZEP24P
Screen dimmer and reading aid, may help with fluency, eye-strain, concentration and comprehension whilst reading. As well as being a great general purpose screen dimmer, Visor's overlays and point of focus feature may be assistive to users with visual perceptual difficulties such as Dyslexia, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and Visual Stress.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/UZEQQH
Read and Write for Google
Make files and the web accessible for those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, struggling readers & writers, and ESL/ELL. Read&Write for Google™ works on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks to add many powerful support features to the web and common file types in Google Drive, including:
- Google Docs - PDF - ePub Link to Install: http://goo.gl/Q2qXIv Example: Doc Resource: Read & Write Features with PDFs (by Melissa Roth)
ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome which brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. ChromeVox is available as an extension for Google Chrome on Windows and Mac OS and comes built into Chrome OS to provide out of box accessibility.
Web Clipper by Evernote
Use this to clear the clutter from an article or save webpages.
Link to Install: https://goo.gl/1R9czE
Open-Dyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. This extension overrides all fonts on web pages with the OpenDyslexic font, and formats pages to be more easily readable.
Adds navigation icons to a webpage that can be activated by simply hovering over them, rather than needing to click. Commands include scrolling, backward and forward in page history, opening a link, and more.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/QVvTcS
CrxMouse Chrome Gestures
Use mouse gestures to navigate including forward, backward, scrolling, refreshing, switching tabs, and more. The user can even program their own custom mouse gestures to open programs and perform other tasks.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/xASF8
Google Dictionary (by Google)
With this extension installed, students can double click on a word and the definition will pop up for that word. A speaker button is displayed for most words, so students can hear the word spoken in a human voice. Immediate feedback is given on unknown words. Works on most websites.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/HsqENl
Stay Focusd is a Chrome extension designed to help you stop wasting time on sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc and get your work done instead. With Stay Focusd installed you can set a time limit for yourself for how much cumulative time in a day that you spend on various sites Once you've used up your self-allotted time on those sites you won't be able to revisit them in that browser for 24 hours. Link to Install: http://goo.gl/JZFNYE
Explain and Send Screenshots
**Only works on top of web pages, so first load a webpage like www.google.com then click the CT in the extensions bar**
Streamline Video Creation and Sharing
Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio.
Use this feature to dim the lights around your video. Custom options available.
Voice recognition app allows the user to dictate the text of a document and then save the text to Google Drive or send as an email.
Note: It will type commas, periods and question marks, but a little tricky. But I think with practice, you will be able to streamline this process Link to Install: http://goo.gl/P4vA8S Site: https://dictation.io/
SpeechPad - New Voice Notebook
Voice recognition app that allows the user to dictate the text of a document, then copy and paste the text to another application as needed.
Can also convert audio files to the text. Provides: entering punctuation and editing text by voice, using voice commands, converting audio files and youtube video and many others features.
VoiceNote II - Speech to text
Typing with your voice and speech recognition. Simple and functional notepad. Runs offline and in different languages.
Link to Install: http://goo.gl/AtRFWp
Read&Write for Google
Read & Write is a free Google Chrome Web App that increases the accessibility of the text of documents in your Google Drive account. After installing the app you will see a Read & Write tab appear at the top of your browser window whenever you have a document open in Google Drive. Clicking that Read & Write tab will open a menu of accessibility options. Link to Install: http://goo.gl/lhnyUT
Fluency Tutor™ for Google (Teacher App)
Fluency Tutor™ for Google is an easy-to-use reading and assessment tool that helps teachers support struggling readers. It’s also great for reluctant students, early readers and individuals learning English as a second language. Teachers can pick reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive.Students practice and record their assigned passages in a relaxed environment, at school or at home. Extra help is provided by a dictionary, picture dictionary and translate tools.
- Allows students to open reading passages via Google Drive
- Provides support tools to assist students when listening to and practicing reading passages
- Allows students to record passages and listen to themselves reading aloud Link to Install: http://goo.gl/qI8FEQ
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