Accessibility Toolbox

Technology Toolbox

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.

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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 3000

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.

 

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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

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

Evernote: Organizes notes that sync between iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Penultimate

Penultimate: Note taking with a stylus. Digital handwriting and sketching program.

 Audio/Speech Applications

Quick Voice Recorder

QuickVoice Recorder: One touch recording for seconds or hours that syncs recordings to computers.

List Note Speech to Text Notes

ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes: Takes notes as you speak. Notes are searchable through key words and filters.

Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation: Voice recognition application by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to dictate documents, emails, and status updates on Social Networking applications.
Natural Reader Text to Speech

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.

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Speechify - Text to Audiobook: Create audiobooks out of almost anything. Instantly listen to any pdf or highlighted text with the tap of a button

 

Writing Applications

Ideament

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)

 

 General Applications

Graphing Calculator by Mathlab

Graphing Calculator by Mathlab: Scientific graphing calculator for Android. Designed to help develop math skills, problem solving and critical thinking.

in class

inClass: Organize class schedules, video notes, audio notes, and photo notes.

My Homework Student Planner
myHomework Student Planner: Track classroom assignments, homework, and tests in a calendar display. Supports block and period-based schedules. Calendar can be synced to other platforms.

 

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.

 

Notetaking Applications

Notability

Notability: Assists with notetaking, marking up PDF's, lecture slides and other forms.

Audio Note

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.

Pages
Pages: Helps create reports, resumes, and documents. Syncs with iCloud.
Sound Note
SoundNote: Note taking program that tracks what you type or draw while recording audio. Audio playback occurs by tapping a word or drawing.
Write Pad
WritePad: Advanced note taking app that converts handwritten notes to digital text.

 

Audio/Speech Applications

Speak It

Speak it!: Documents, emails, PDF's, and web pages can be placed into this program and the text will be spoken back. Audio files can be created and sent via email.

 

Writing Applications

App Writer US

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.

 

Visual Applications

Zoom Reader

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.

Vision Assist

VisionAssist: Magnifier that works with Apple devices. This program is designed to help people who are visually impaired or have Low Vision.

 

General Applications

Graphic Calculator HD

Graphing Calculator HD: Scientific calculator

 

Other Application Resources

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