Using Text-to-Speech for World Language Immersion

This entry is part of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSXA conference session by Nick LaFave at Greenville’s Upstate Technology Conference put a seed in my brain about re-thinking and re-tooling assistive technologies to provide new bridges to learning opportunities.  I’ve written before about how many technologies there are built-in to Apple’s OSX Read More …

Assistive Technologies on MacBook Airs

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSXI am opening a new series on my blog with a dedication to assistive technologies.  I’m no stranger to helping some of our students with disabilities find their means of connecting to classroom content and instruction (read more here about my work with Read More …

Reading Supports in OSX

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX There are three main types of assistive technologies built into MacBook Airs running OSX that can help students with reading.  Since most reading is done in the web browser, Safari offers a Reading View that helps eliminate distractions for students.  There Read More …

Safari Reading View

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX Reading web content can be very distracting.  In Safari, you can eliminate ads and design elements that distract students.  By using Reading View, students can read just the content of an article, blog post, etc.. 1. Before Reading View 2. After Read More …

Text-to-Speech

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX In just about any application, you can use VoiceOver technology to read the contents of the screen.  For struggling readers, you can use text-to-speech commands to read the content of an article.  Text-to-speech works best in combination with Safari Reading View Read More …

Look Up Words

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX A built-in dictionary and the Dictionary application can be used to look up definitions and words similar to those in a text.   This feature is supported in Safari as well as other apps following the same instructions. For more information: Read More …

Writing Supports

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX For students struggling with writing, Apple has built in Voice-to-Text and thesaurus features that can help students complete writing assignments.  In the following sections, learn how to use these features to support students’ writing. 1. Automatically Check Spelling and Grammar 2. Read More …