ICYMI Assistive Technologies and Accessibility Tools in OSX

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

Are assistive technologies just for students with IEPs and 504s? In this session, we will explore the tools that students can use to make learning and classroom resources better fit their needs (and also some that we may eventually need later in our lives). Learn about technologies that support, physical, visual or auditory needs of Read More …

Using Text-to-Speech for World Language Immersion

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

A 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 environment that can help students with special needs.  In Nick’s session, however, Read More …

Focus Supports in Safari

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For those students who are easily distracted, there are a few plugins and add-ons to Safari that can help students stay focused. 1. Get Safari Extensions 2. Search Safari Extensions 3. AdBlock to Limit Web Distractions 4. WasteNoTime to Stay Focused on the Internet 5. OneNote Web Clipper to Highlight and Take Notes from the Read More …

Vision Supports in OSX

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

Apple’s MacBooks come with many vision accommodations built-in.  These settings allow changes in color, contrast, zoom etc.  There are also keyboard shortcuts which can turn these features on or off. 1. Vision Settings 2. Vision – Display Settings 3. Vision – Zoom Settings 4. Vision – VoiceOver   1. Vision Settings Many of these features Read More …

Writing Supports

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. Get Suggestions While Checking Spelling and Grammar 3. Start Dictation from Keyboard 4. Start Read More …

Look Up Words

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: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21573 1. Trackpad Look Up – Dictionary 2. Right-Click Look Up 3. Dictionary App Read More …

Text-to-Speech

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 (covered in the previous section).   Support in OSX for this feature is described Read More …