Using ICT for Special Educational Needs (SEN)
A range of tools to facilitate accessibility on Apple, Chrome and Android devices:
2. SPEECH TO TEXT
Typing with your voice and speech recognition
A useful extension to add to your Chrome browser. It features a simple notepad interface and functions in a range of languages. (Select the globe icon on the bottom left). Click here to install
Google Voice Typing
Google Voice Typing is a free dictation tool for Google Docs and Google Slides, Google's online word processor and presentation apps. To use it, you must be connected to the internet with the Google Chrome Browser on Windows, MacOS or Chromebook devices. Voice Typing is also available on Google Android devices.
To enable Voice typing in a Google doc select 'Tools' -> 'Voice Typing'
Google Voice Tying is enabled in many languages. When the microphone icon opens, select your language.
It also allows all editing functions to be carried out using voice commands.
Click here for full instructions
3. Readability Extension (Dyslexia)
Open-Dyslexic is a 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.
Click here to install the extension
4. Comprehension Extension (Google Dictionary)
With this extension, you can:
1) Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
2) View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
Click here to install the extension.
Click here to install the extA literacy toolbar, Read&Write for Google Chrome™ provides personalised support, making documents, web pages and Google Drive files more accessible. The simple and intuitive toolbar can run on various platforms such as Windows, Macs, Tablets (iPads and Androids), Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome. Read and Write can work alongside either Google Suite or Office 365 depending on the product you are using. The toolbar has several key features including:
- Text-to-speech let’s you hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow colour highlighting
- Speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
- Collect highlights from text in documents or the web to summarise lengthy content in seconds
- Turn documents into audio files, for easy listening offline.
- Reduce visual stress with Screen masks and tints
Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Visit the website at https://do2learn.com/
A website which features a range of learning materials free to share and use in schools or at home. The Print tools on SEN Teacher allow you to create, adapt and share teaching resources for a wide-range of abilities. No login or registration is required to use SEN Teacher .
8. Seomra Ranga
9. Sight Words
Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read.
Visit the website https://sightwords.com
10. Claro Scan Pen
Use Claro ScanPen to photo your printed text document, letter, test paper – then select the text with your finger (or stylus), and hear it spoken straight back to you. The website features a number of iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Click on this link to learn more about the apps.
(Available in many languages)
11. Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)
TTRS is an award-winning multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing, reading and spelling at the same time. It is a paid website. https://www.readandspell.com/ (English only)