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 …

Assistive technology in OSX Yosemite for students taking NWEA’s MAP tests

Like many schools across the country, today we are beginning our MAP testing across English and Math classes.  At first glance into NWEA’s instructions, you would  think that the NWEA lockdown browser automatically provides accommodations.  And, if you’re in South Caorlina, you’re used to the End of Course exam software doing just that.  However, these Read More …