SENCO ICT update – 2016
For some useful “freebies” please click on the link below:-
or use this QR code
Clicker 7 has been released which gives access to eye gaze systems and has a really useful feature where you can add colour coded audio notes to your writing. Useful for pupils with memory issues. To see an overview of Clicker 7 :- http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/products/clicker/video2.aspx
There are a variety of ways you can access training both free online and paid full days to pass onto schools. If they want to upgrade always tell them to talk to Crick Software and speak to either Sandra Randall or Phil Hackett. Here is the link to regional training days and other training:-
Microsoft OneNote now being used in schools on Windows Surface devices and Tablet PC’s. Good organisational tool for pupils with sen and can add audio notes as well as drawings, photos and links.Learning Tools is an add-on to install ( for free) into OneNote. As more schools use OneNote this would provide access for students with dyslexia . Go to http://www.onenote.com/learning tools.
Nessy has been a favourite for sencos’s for a long time. They have recently added a training module suitable for staff, in particularly teaching assistants . Go to http://www.nessy.com/uk/dyslexia/. It helps your team to understand Dyslexia and it’s also free!
doitprofiler is a online screening tool for recognising individual needs for school and industry enabling a better understanding of individual needs such as Dyslexia A comprehensive literacy and numeracy battery is available providing a break down of skills to enable targeting of support. This provides instant guidance for the student and management information for the organisation and at class/group level . For more information go to :- http://doitprofiler.com/education/
Another type of screening is for visual needs http://www.screeningforschools.com/ gives a free screening to see if a pupil has a visual need or not
Oribisoftware have two add-on tools that can used with Google Chrome browser. They are VeritySpell ( £free add-on) and OribiSpeak( free trial) . VeritySpell checks the useage of the word you want and suggests alternatives. For more information go to https://oribisoftware.com/en/
A new product I saw at BETT was ClaroScanPen which converts PDF into spoken
text, Forget app is also useful for remembering events and lists,etc
C-Pen is a scanning pen that allows students to read paperbased text for themselves and now is approved by JCQ for reading exam questions. You can request a 30 day free trial at http://www.scanningpenshop.com
Tools to record is AudioNote taker by Sonocent and their is app called Sonocent
as well. Records and you attribute its importance so you have a visual of what
you need. https://www.sonocent.com/en-us/audio-notetaker
If you want to keep up to speed with what is going on in the world of Special
needs I can suggest signing up to Special World http://specialworld.net
and my new intelligent website which designs the look and feel itself.
And now for apps!
HandyBooks ( Android, £free and £2.99) – is an android app that provides a window for text to be read line by line on an android device. Focus and Read does a similar thing for the PC and provides a floating window to work with any application
Seesaw -(£free, iOS) is an assessment data collection tool for teachers to use with their pupils. It is easy to operate and use.
Evidence – (£free, iOS) links evidence to standard attainment statements such as the computing and early years curriculum .. Comes highly recommended by teachers
Typing Assistant 7.1 ( 45 day free trial after that $129!! for PC) is a good one to give to parents and homeusers as it’s a word prediction tool that works on all software. Bug free it works well on your pc as a cheap alternative to more expensive products.
Typingclub.com is a free online typing programme that gives typing practice to your pupils.
Capterra provides a list of free, online speech recognition software that you can now get. All need internet access. The most effective one is SpeechLogger. Dragon Dictate which is not free! Is now version 13 but has had a mixed reception. I have found it OK myself and the floating toolbar is like the MAC version on the PC. Dragon for MAC is still the most accurate version in my opinion.
SuperKeys – adapts the keyboard on an ipad to more accessible for CP and physically disabled users.
Online annual subscription based software
MyChoicePad – great for TA’s to support communication as it provides a comprehensive learning program attached to it. Subscription based
HelpKidzlearn.com – resources for parents of young children with special needs as well as giving more and more activities
Chooseit Maker3 – ideal for pupils working at P levels to create your own resources and send out to all your ipad
The following apps have been specifically designed to support dyslexic users and although you have seen ClaroSpeak you might like to see the range of apps and what they do. Here is a brief synopsis and details of where you can find them and costs involved:-
Intowords – Reading – IntoWords reads the text aloud in a clear and easily understandable voice. You can choose between various reading strategies, e.g. to have the words highlighted as they are read (highlight function). In this way, you can easily keep up with the text. Writing – When writing yourself, IntoWords provides you with a word suggestion list for words that can continue your text. Double-click on a word suggestion to have it read aloud. IntoWords also helps you to spell. You can have the text read aloud while writing helping you to avoid spelling mistakes.
Co-WriterBE – is a writing tool that aids with phonetic/inventive spelling, grammar, and topic-related vocabulary. As letters are typed, Co:Writer predicts the intended word with a selection of word suggestions using powerful grammar-smart word prediction. These suggestions can be read aloud with a swipe. Selecting the intended word places it into the document. For feedback while writing (and after writing) built-in text to speech can be used to read letters, words, sentences, and the entire document
WriteonLine – word prediction tool with speech output. The vocabulary database can be changed from small to medium to large according the key stage of the individual. Words for prediction can be altered to have smaller or larger to suit the individual’s ability to spend time scanning text. In practise having a smaller list if easier for pupils to scan quickly which is important for fluency.
Read&Write for Ipad – Hear text read aloud with easy-to-follow on-screen highlighting. Speak As I Type.Word prediction Talking Dictionary and Picture Dictionary for use in any writing app, Spell checker, Read&Write web toolbar for Safari
ClaroSpeak – is a reading and writing app with high-quality text-to-speech, formatting controls, a wide range of fonts and styles and cloud storage integration. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in-sync with the spoken words, a great range of colour and font settings to allow for optimum reading and word prediction to help with writing. ClaroSpeak is a quality app for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy development and creating audio files from any text
CapturaTalk – combines Optical Character Recognition (OCR powered by ABBYY), text-to-speech, screen tint overlays and homophone checker,
VBookz PDF – free app that reads any PDF file and easy to use.
Popplet lite – simple effective mindmapping tool for organisation and logic links
Evernote – upgraded and very useful for situations where wifi is good and work will never be lost in the cloud.
Intowords https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/intowords/id554600691?mt=8 accessed 1.12.2015
Co-writer https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/co-writer/id674099732?mt=8 accessed 1.12.2015
Writeonline http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/products/writeonline/default.aspx accessed 1.12.2015
Read&write for ipad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/read-write-for-ipad/id934749270?mt=8 accessed 1.12.2015
Clarospeak http://www.claro-apps.com/clarospeak/ accessed 1.12.2015