Check out the following software and apps for students:
Text To Speech
- Dragon Speech Recognition – Transcribes your spoken words into text. You can dictate homework assignments, write a blog, complete your to-do lists with Full Text Control in Microsoft Word®; send email in Microsoft Outlook® or Gmail™.
- Read & Write – Can read emails as well as documents read out loud, text prediction, picture dictionaries, summary highlighters, grammar, spelling and confusable words checker. There is the basic free version or the Gold version.
- JAWS (Job Access With Speech) – A screen reader that provides speech and braille. For those with low/lost vision and/or cannot move the mouse.
- Natural Reader – Can read most file formats such as PDF, txt, doc(x), ppt(x), pages, ods, odt, and non-DRM epub files. Use OCR to listen to your printed books, scanned documents, and text from PNG or JPEG images. Can be used both on computer and mobile.
- Balabolka – An open source text to speech program that allows students to save output as MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, and WAV file. Also allows users to create custom dictionaries. For Windows only.
- NVDA Screen Reader – Screen reader that can read MathML and some other math.
- Office Lens – Mobile app that includes optical character recognition to save pictures. Includes Immersive Reader to use text-to-speech quickly.
- Read Aloud- a feature available in Office 2019 and 2021. On the Review tab, select Read Aloud. To play Read Aloud, select Play in the controls. To pause Read Aloud, select Pause. To move from one paragraph to another, select Previous or Next. To exit Read Aloud, select Stop (x).
In Class & Note Taking
- Evernote (Basic Version is free) – Take and organize your notes. Capture and organize notes, files, photos, and voice memos in one place. Find everything instantly on any device you have, no matter where you are. Safe, secure cloud storage always keeps your information protected and private.
- Microsoft OneNote with Learning Tools (Free) – Learning Tools adds Immersive Reader, “Ink to Math”, and Dictate functionality to OneNote. Text can be read out loud, have breaks into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters. There is text decoding for learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
- Forest (ios) – To help with focus, you can plant a seed in a forest and it grows as you do not use your phone. As time goes on, the seed will turn into a tree. If you start using your phone, the tree will wither.
- Productivity Owl (Google Chrome Add-In) – Monitors time spent on web pages and closes tabs if you spend too long on a page.
- Quizlet – Flashcards and quizzes
- Brainscape (ios and Android) – Flashcard app that gives you access to flashcards on different subjects. You can also create your own flashcards.
- myNoise – Lets you pick what type of white noise would work best for you. There are also different categories when looking for what type of white noise you wish to use.
- Khan Academy – Educational videos on a wide range of subjects. The mobile app is just Khan Academy videos.
- WolframAlpha – A mobile app that has step by step instructions for complex math and science problems.
- Tiny Scanner Android Apple – App that allows you to scan and send. It is fast and made especially for phone and tablet.
- Alarmy (ios & Android) – This alarm app will not shut off until you do one of several options- complete math problems, take a picture of something specific or shake it.
- Walk Up (ios) Walk Me Up! (Android) – Alarm will not turn off until you literally get out of bed and walk around.
- SpinMe Alarm (ios & Android) – Alarm will not turn off until you physically get out of bed and spin in a circle.