ICYMI Assistive Technologies and Accessibility Tools in OSX

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

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617Are 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 Read More …

Focus Supports in Safari

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

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 Read More …

Vision Supports in OSX

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

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 …

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 …

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 …