Monday, 21 March 2016

Math Text-to-Speech

Central Access Reader (free, open source Windows software designed specifically for students with print-related disabilities) - features: opens Word documents, reads math and logic equations, flexible MP3 output, customizable speech, colour control, paste from clipboard, export to HTML, synchronized dual-highlighting

InftyReader (Runs on Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, & XP; 1 year license = $180 US/Normal License = $800 US) - OCR software to recognize scientific documents including mathematical formulae and output the recognition into various file formats such as LaTex, MathML, XHTML, HRTeX, IML and Microsoft Word documents)

Writing and Grammar Correction Tools

Ginger (Free grammar checker, sentence rephraser, translation, dictionary and text reader for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and browser extensions)

Whitesmoke (Grammar software for Windows and Mac, compatible with a variety of e-mail, word processing and browser software) - $79.99 to $99.95

Antidote (Grammar, dictionary, interactive language guide software for Windows, Mac and Linux, compatible with a variety of e-mail, word processing and browser software) - $129.95 plus tax

Hemingway App (Free browser-based writing readability app or $9.99 desktop app for Windows and Mac)

[Free] Photomath "smart camera calculator" app

Example of using Photomath on a smartphone to take a photo of a formula and calculate
Photomath uses your mobile device camera and uses optical character recognition to complete calculations; it's free and downloadable for IOS and Android devices here.

The Amazing Math Toolbox Handout

Posted at Technology and Learning Connections: The Amazing Math Toolbox Handout

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Speech recognition hack turns Google Chrome into advanced bugging device

Something for users of speech recognition to keep in mind: Courtesy of Ars Technica,

"Users of Google's Chrome browser are vulnerable to attacks that allow malicious websites to use a computer microphone to surreptitiously eavesdrop on private conversations for extended periods of time, an expert in speech recognition said."

Thursday, 24 October 2013

[Free Webinar] Demystifying the Apple iPad for Special Education

Free webinar coming up from Cambrian Learning Technologies/Kurzweil Educational Systems:

Screenshot of firefly app login screen
Screenshot of firefly app

"The Apple iPad has quickly become a teaching tool since its introduction in 2010. Are you using it for your special education students but don't know which apps are the best? Or are you overwhelmed with the options for apps? Join us as Jennifer Edge-Savage, assistive technology specialist and occupational therapist, demystifies the iPad and shows you the benefits of using this mobile device for students who struggle to learn. She will also provide helpful hints on how to successfully use the Kurzweil 3000-firefly iPad app with this special student population."

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 PM ET - Webinar description and registration link