The Learning Access Program has compiled a list of programs and applications that may be helpful for students. Below are some tools that the Learning Access Program has purchased and/or are available to students registered with the office. In addition, the list includes applications available through app stores either for free or at a minimal cost. The Learning Access Program and Stockton University do not endorse or recommend any of the applications other than what the office has purchased, but are providing the information as a resource to students.
Read&Write Gold is a program that makes the web, documents, and files more accessible through an
intuitive and user friendly toolbar that assists students, faculty, and staff with
everyday tasks such as reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching
assignments and proofing written work. This program is great for those with learning
difficulties, English Language Learners, and/or anyone who needs extra help with their
reading and writing. Students can download this program, at no cost, through the portal on the Student Life tab. Faculty and staff can place a request through Information
Technology Services to have it installed on their computer.
Information and support videos on how to download Read&Write Gold.
Kurzweil provides built-in features for reading, writing and study skills for those students struggling with literacy. This program is designed to help students become independent learners, active participants with their education, and assist students to achieve full academic potential.
JAWS is a screen reader, which was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice-driven program that allows students to create, format and edit documents by thinking out loud. This program is designed to help students increase productivity, creativity, and multi-tasking.
Smartpens work like a pen, but use Bluetooth technology to record audio and send it to a smartphone, tablet, or PC. This product is designed to help students capture the most from classroom lectures and documents information that could be missed while in the classroom.
Handheld Magnifiers are small electronic magnifiers that magnify text and is for use in the classroom. The product contains continuous magnification and has large intuitive buttons for easier navigation.
Thunder T3 earmuffs feature Air Flow Control technology that reduce noise in the room.
Free online tools
Below are applications that are currently listed in the app store as free, but are subject to change based on the manufacturer of the application. Applications include tools that assist with notetaking, audio/speech recognition, writing and general use applications.
Note Taking Applications
Evernote: Organizes notes that sync between iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Penultimate: Note taking with a stylus. Digital handwriting and sketching program.
QuickVoice Recorder: One touch recording for seconds or hours that syncs recordings to computers.
ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes: Takes notes as you speak. Notes are searchable through key words and filters.
NaturalReader Text to Speech: Converts Microsoft Word documents, PDF files and e-books into spoken words. This program can assist students who want to hear the flow of documents written before submitting.
Speechify - Text to Audiobook: Create audiobooks out of almost anything. Instantly listen to any pdf or highlighted text with the tap of a button
Ideament: Easily draw diagrams such as mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and convert it to a text outline. Data from emails, documents or web pages can also be imported into the program. (Formerly Idea Sketch)
Graphing Calculator by Mathlab: Scientific graphing calculator for Android. Designed to help develop math skills, problem solving and critical thinking.
inClass: Organize class schedules, video notes, audio notes, and photo notes.
Inexpensive online tools
Below are applications that are currently listed in the app store with minimal cost, but are subject to change based on the manufacturer of the application. Applications include tools that assist with notetaking, audio/speech recognition, and general use applications.
Notability: Assists with notetaking, marking up PDF's, lecture slides and other forms.
AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder: Synchronizes notes and audio. Notes can be taken at the time of recording or added later, and each link to the recording so your text, drawings, and photos highlight during playback.
AppWriter US: Text editor for the iPad that features context based word suggestions, text-to-speech, integrated PDF reader, custom keyboard and a special Dyslexie-font. This program is designed to help students with reading and writing disabilities.
Zoom Reader: Pairs with iOS device's camera to magnify and read printed text. This program can be used on books, menus, or other items that contain small text.
VisionAssist: Magnifier that works with Apple devices. This program is designed to help people who are visually impaired or have Low Vision.
Graphing Calculator HD: Scientific calculator
Other Application Resources
- Accessible Apps from Flying Blind helps students locate accessible apps for Android, iOS, Windows, or Mac.
- NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a "screen reader" that reads the text aloud. It can also convert the text into braille if the user has a "braille display."
Accessibility for Windows
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10