Free and Inexpensive Assistive Technology

bjbjz Good afternoon everybody, welcome to our third monthly webinar here. Today we re going to be talking about three inexpensive technology tools. I ve got my desktop pulled up so I can t see if there are any questions right now. But if you do have questions, feel free to type them into the chat box. Jane is sitting right across from me here and she will let me know when to take a look at those We re going to try and cover a whole range of free tools that are out there that could be used in the classroom. And really, we ve got to the point where the free stuff has gotten much better than it used to be in the past. One of the issues we used to have with even if the free stuff was built into Windows So it wasn t very reliable. It has gotten much better. It s gotten to the point now where there are some built in things with lots of different tools; maybe just as good as some of the things you would purchase So we re going to dive right in and we re going to take a look at some of the free tools that would be available assistant technology-wise on the computer. The first thing I want to show you is some built in things to Microsoft Windows. I haven t played with the Windows 8 stuff yet. We re still using Windows 7 If you hit the start button and you go into this little search box down here, and you type in, ease of access. You re going to get access to the ease of access center. We open that up. You re going to see there are a few things in here. Before I do that, I do want to point out let me show you this today. But if you type in, speech, up at the top; there is a built in Windows speech recognition that could be used to dictate text into the computer It s okay, if you don t have anything, it s better than nothing. I would still recommend dragging over it to most people; but it s a good thing to try to see how speech recognition is going to work for you. Anyway let me show you a couple of things in the ease of access center. The first thing I want to show you is the magnifier. So if you have somewhat a visual impairment you can start up this screen magnifier. And what the screen magnifier does, is you can see it pops up to the top of the screen here and it allows you to magnify wherever you re cursor moves; to a certain level. So right now it s at two times magnification I believe we can go all the way up to 16 times magnification. One of the downsides is we start to see it does start to get a little bit blurry; it starts to get a little pixilated Even at two times magnification, it could be a little bit pixilated there. That s the downside to it, but it is nice that we can magnify things and can see them at a level that might be helpful to us. One of the newer things here is it has this views option. And I m not sure why it s not letting me do full screen lens on this computer, but there is a full screen option. The full screen lets us basically magnify the entire screen; see that entire piece magnified. The lens piece, allows us to have basically a virtual magnifying glass. Their cursor is always in the middle of this lens and it whatever you move it magnifies what s beneath it. Those are new those are real helpful giving you a few different options on here. If we look at these settings wheel here, this little gear option you can see one of the other things here is there is a color inversion. If we flip color inversion on we re going to see that up in that magnified area it s going to increase there, it s going to change the color to whatever the opposite side of the color wheel is. So black will become white, orange becomes blue; blue becomes orange; so on and so forth. There are some folks that have visual impairments it can help make things stand out a little bit better that way. I guess the downside to this; it doesn t have a whole lot of customize ability It s pretty good, but it s not perfect. But it is a nice tool, especially if you re on the road somewhere and you don t have access to your standard computer, and you want to access a public computer; knowing that that s there, that you can get some magnification is very helpful. Another free tool that they have that s come a long way is the on screen keyboard. So if you got somebody with a physical disability, they can t access a standard keyboard; there is an onscreen keyboard built into Windows With this onscreen keyboard, all we do is we point to a letter, click on it, and it types what we ve clicked in the screen. They now have it I think they ve had this for a couple of versions now. They now have a word prediction bar in here as well to help you increase your typing speed. So the more you type the closer you get to a word, the more likely it s going to be to be up here, you can click on it and add it in your document, and you ve got that in there as well. So that s a very helpful component. The other thing that they do with this, that not many folks

are aware of it. If you go down to options here there are multiple ways to allow people to click on these keys. So if you have someone with a physical disability that struggled with accessing a standard mouse click, you go over here and check this hover over keys And then you can select a duration that they have to hold still to select it; we ll use it one second, and hit okay. And what happens now is when we hold still on a letter, you re going to see it s going to automatically click that after one second. You can kind of see that there s like a standing out, kind of fading out visual to show you how long you have to hold still on that button for it to click. It s really helpful in that respective, we do have access to that hover and hold still if we can t click a mouse. Downsides to this, it only works within that keyboard. So it s not a true left click, it just works in that keyboard. Also as you see, I m sitting still on that right now, if I wanted to hit the again, I ve had to move off of it and move back. Even if I m on a key, if I jitter it even a little bit it s going to reset So you have to move off the key and back on to type that as well. One other option that they have here if we go in, is a scan through key. So this really allows us to give access to anybody that might have issues with accessing a computer, as long as they can control one part of their body. If they can control one part of their body, maybe just the hand, a head, the chin; we can set up a switch near that part of their body. We can then choose scan through the keys and choose a scanning time. I m going to leave this as a keyboard m going to leave this as my spacebar as my selection key right now. And what we would do is we d get a little USB switch interface and the spacebar option and all of them do; we plug our switch into that and now whenever we hit our button. What it s going to do is it s going to scan through our keyboard. When it gets to the row we want, we click the row; when it gets to the part we want, we click that part; and if we make a mistake we ve got to wait for it to go all the way through It goes all the way through twice and then it circles back to the beginning. But basically what this allows us to do is it allows us to scan through and select certain words, just by being able to hit one button or certain letters just by being able to hit one button So although this is not an ideal way to type, if you don t have access to doing this any other way, this is a fantastic option for you. So it can be slow, but as you can see Microsoft has these tools built in to allow just about anybody to be able to type and use this onscreen keyboard. Close that Microsoft stuff down for a second here. And I want to show you so we were using that onscreen keyboard, I want to show you a way that why somebody might use that onscreen keyboard. And if they use it maybe they can t use a standard mouse, maybe they d have to use something like a head control mouse. Now for a long time, a head control mouse was really expensive. It still is, the commercial head control mouse runs at like $800.00 and a lot of folks can t afford that. There is a tool out there that is free though, that does pretty much the same thing. It s called the camera mouse So this is the camera mouse right here. You can get this off a website, it HYPERLINK “” So what happens with the camera mouse m not sure, maybe this isn t going to work because I m using the camera for something else as well. So I m going to take just one second and I m going to shut off my camera to see if I can pull up the camera mouse. So you re not going to be able to see me for one second here. There we go So the way the camera mouse works, is it uses a web you have to have a webcam, most laptops, a lot of computers now have webcams built in. What this is going to do is you would take your cursor, you d find a point on your face that you want to use as your control, and you would click. s going to take a second to get set up and calibrate; and now that it s calibrated it heads right to the middle of the screen, you can see my mouse pointer there. Now wherever I move my head it s going to change that to mouse movement on the screen So this is free, is where you go to download that software. What a lot of people ask is, Okay, so you have the software, what do you do to click? Well one of the things you can do to click is you can go here to settings, and within settings there is an option for clicking. And it s just like the clicking within the keyboard for your onscreen keyboard. It s a dwell click. But this becomes a left click, not just a click for just a

keyboard. Also, there s an option here for double clicking. So we ll choose both of those and now we ll let it recalibrate and we ll show you how we click using the camera mouse So if I want to go to the start menu, I would go over there and I d hover for one second and it would click that and it would open it up. Now if I wanted to double click on something I would hold over the double click and you can see it changes colors to let me know that it s double clicked, and I would go and I would hold over something else and it s going to open that up for me. So that s the way and we can use this with the onscreen keyboard to be able to control our mouse, if we weren t able to do so otherwise. So this is a really nice tool; it is free. What I have found with this is that for a long time they didn t use motion capture because they worried about something going on behind the individual and affecting the motion. But since this pinpoints a certain point on your face, it does a pretty good job of zeroing in on that. Where I have found that this differs from maybe your commercial aspect is you can try and use it with somebody that has some spastic movements. With the commercial head controlled mouse, what you do is you put a reflective service in your forehead; so that when you move out of the camera ranging and come back in, it picks it up nearly automatically With this, if I were to move around and come out of my camera range you can see now if you can see that little green box it stays in the center so now it s a little bit off calibration. So if I had spastic movements, maybe this wouldn t be the best thing for me. But if I couldn t control my hands or arms real well, this is a pretty good tool; and free is fantastic. So this is a really nice tool again it s at is where you would pick that one up. Let s take a look at some other things here. Again, if you have questions while I m doing this, feel free to just type them into the chat box and we can address those as they come up. I m going to show you another free tool for typing now. This tool is called, dasher. Dasher is what you saw with the ad Screen keyboard It can be a little bit slow to point and click at each individual letter. The word prediction helps it out a little bit, helps out your speed a little bit. But it s still a pretty slow process for somebody that can t use a regular mouse. What dasher is, this is a free download that makes you think outside the box when it comes to typing. It s a process that doesn t revolve around clicking. It s basically just guiding a cursor through a series of letters to select them and get them to enter up in this text box up here. So the way it works is you got all your letters lined up on this side of the screen. What you do is you click your button once, so you could use a switch, or you could use a head mouse, you could use a joystick; anything that you might use for a mouse. The letters start moving towards the middle of the screen. You aim your cursor at the letter that you want to get, that you want to select; and you get the cross at crosshairs. When it crosses the crosshairs it types up here, and then it displays another level of letters. So you don t have to click to choose each letter, you just have to guide it across the crosshairs. The other thing that happens here is you use this cursor, the farther out you move it, the faster the letters are going to move toward the middle; the closer you keep it to the middle, the slower they re going to move. So you can control your own speed. If we look down here at the bottom left corner, there is a speed button that controls your maximum speed. I m not exactly sure what that correlates to, but you can control your maximum speed with that So I m going to show you quickly how it works If I click this button, these letters are going to start moving towards the middle of the screen. And I apologize, I don t know how well this is going to play via webinar; but we will take a look and see how fast and how quickly these adjust. If I go toward the here, you ll see the H cross the crosshairs So up in the top corner, the H typed up here Now you ll see that also it resets our letters here. So what we do now, is now that we ve selected H, we do not look at anything down here because, these letters are all associated with We don t look at anything up here because these letters are associated with So it has reset our letters alphabetically by lower case, within our H box. Also if we re looking for uppercase, we look for this bright yellow That bright yellow area is where all uppercase letters are. If we ever want punctuation we look for this little green area, that s where our punctuation is. But if we look at this, so even though we don t see every letter in the alphabet, they re all here. What happens with this is they make typing easier. It makes

letters that might be more easily more likely follow what you chose to be the easiest ones to grab. So in this case after choosing H, it s telling me I m probably going to choose a vowel, and most likely that made it the easiest thing to grab. Just because I don t see B, C, and D up here, doesn t mean they re not there. I just have to go up and get to that little slither and let it expand out So we ll keep [inaudible] up there and take a look at that. So we re going to zoom up here and we ll go through here, and there you see B, C, and D. So I m just going to go backwards now because I don t want those; what I want is the E. And then go to the E, and then look at this, it starts also guessing words or phrases and it makes it easy to get those, pick up a whole word or phrase. So: here, Henry, hello my name; and anywhere you see those white boxes those are spaces. So I m going to go up here and go to, hello, and then we ll see, my name is, and then I ll go down to the yellow for the capitals And check this out too; when I first started using this it also works to learn how you type and improve based on what you do. When I first started using this, the E was really big, the O was really big and you couldn t see the I; you had to go between those two to let it expand out and see the I. I ve done this demonstration enough times though, that it knows s learned that when I type, Hello, my name is, Jim is probably following pretty closely. So it s made it really easy to grab my own name now here. So I could go through J-I-M period. It types my name up here I can copy that and paste that in any document This is a great tool for kids it plays like a video game; the downside to this is it is a little bit difficult to learn at the front end. You absolutely have to have a good handle on alphabetic order to be able to use it You have to be a pretty good speller to use it as well. It s like riding a bike, it takes a lot of frustration on the early end, but once you get it, you can get going pretty quickly using it. But I guess that s the way with a lot of assistant technology too; but this one in particular. Again, kids like it because it plays like a video game but it takes a while to work. Now I will show you this, let s say my name wasn t Jim, let s say it was Joe, and I made a mistake here I can take my cursor and go the other way and remove letters. So if I click and go the other way, letters start coming off. Go down here there s the O, there s the E ll look for my green following the E. There s the green so now within this I have to look for a period. There s the period, I ll click on that and type, Hello my name is Joe. I can copy and paste that as well. So again this is a free tool, they also have free apps for the iPhone, Android, iPad using this; and with those, you can navigate through the letters by tilting your device in the direction you want to go. But this again, a great free tool for somebody that might struggle with accessing or with typing. You might want to increase the typing speed and they can t use a regular keyboard. And the next group of tools that I want to show you is going to be some reading tools; some reading tools that allow us to access text for free. That s one of the biggest areas of the assistant technology right now When we talk about disabilities, when we talk about high incidence disabilities and the biggest area where we can in fact change for folks; typically it s with people that have difficulty accessing printed text. There are lots of different reasons you might have difficulty accessing printed text. You can t turn the pages of a book, you can t see the text. If you have a learning disability maybe you re learning English as a second language, maybe just prefer to listen to text. There are lots of different ways lots of different reasons you might need to read text. And so if we can get something out of the computer and out of a text book, all of a sudden that becomes much more accessible to folks with disabilities And we ve seen recently, a lot more tools developed for the computer for free to be able to have things read out loud. I m going to show you a few of them here right now The first one I want to show you is a tool called, ReadPlease. ReadPlease is right here, it s a tool that what we do, is we would have text where we d have to copy and paste. With this what we have to do is we have to we have this interface where it has instructions for us in here; we ll delete those. Then what it wants us to do is copy and paste text So I ve got an internet article up here that maybe I want to read. We ll see how Tiger Woods is doing here in the Golf Tournament today. We ll see, we want to read this part of it. I m going to copy this text and I m going to open up ReadPlease and I will paste it into ReadPlease. So there s my text. Now

if I go to the beginning and hit play; we can hear it read out loud and we can see it highlight. I m going to turn this up a little bit and I m hoping everybody can hear that okay. We ll make sure this is maxed out to our highest level. But so, what we have with this is we ve got a tool where it reads out loud, it highlights so the user can follow along. That s very nice. Downside to this is the voice isn t very good. And really all we can do is have it read it a little bit in control with our speed, with our slider bar here so we can speed it up a bit, slow it down a little bit. We also can control the size of our font. So if we ve got somebody that needs the text bigger to see it; this sliding bar that increases the size of the font is nice. Here we can change voices; you see a picture of a woman there if we change the voice. There s a male voice, there s another male voice, and there s another female voice None of them are very good. I ll hit play again and here s an example. So the downside to this is the voice isn t great and you have an extra step of copying and pasting to get into it to use it. That s the big downside But it is free. So if you want a tool for a student to be able to use to try reading, go ahead and give this a shot. Some students just the voice is just too bad for them, they won t even bother listening to it. But it s pretty easy to manipulate and it s free, it s a nice tool in that respect. We re can step it up a notch throughout the rest of this to show you maybe what the next level up might be. And the next one I want to show you is a tool called, Natural Reader. Natural Reader is another free tool. This one can be a little bit confusing though. I guess there is an upgrade. We re not going to upgrade that. That s another thing you have to be aware of with a lot of this free stuff, there s a lot of upgrades. There s constantly, you almost got to be on top of it all the time, you have to be willing to make sure you re upgrading and staying with any upgrade that might occur to make sure it s working well So the same thing happens for this one. With Natural Reader there s two ways to use it The first way, you open up this interface; you would copy your text from somewhere else and paste it in. So again, there s kind of our downside to that; the copy and paste Once you copied and pasted it, you can put your cursor where you want to start, you hit play. Again it s going to highlight this This time we get a little bit of extra highlighting It highlights the background sentence as well as each word as it goes through and reads it. So it helps it stand out where it is in the reading, it reads the sentence, it highlights as it reads. That is really nice. Again, we don t have much in terms of voice options If I hit the stop here, we can go down to the bottom left corner, into Microsoft and it well this is not actually a very good representation of the voices that you have. This actually has gone in and chosen every voice that I have on my computer. And since I have some pretty high end text readers, it s choosing some of those voices. So, the voices are closer to what we heard with ReadPlease. And you can see here, this kind of [inaudible] around the sales pitch, as you re reading it pops up this, you want to try better voices. And we can purchase voices and add them to this We have an option for changing speed here as well. A downside to this as well is they do want you to upgrade to a purchase version So they ll put things in here like this MP3, where it tells us basically that we could create an MP3 of this text if we wanted to But if I hit this, what it s going to tell us is we have to upgrade. So we can t get that in the free version. That s only available in the paid version. Another way that we can use this is there s an option down here for the floating bar. We choose floating bar, this is what we get for our Natural Reader And we go in to that same article, and we want to start reading at that same point If I hit play, now it s going to read s going to do what we wanted at what we had before where it reads and highlights. But we can actually now see what we re reading here, while it s reading it here. So we don t have to be just in that we don t just have to be in this version of Natural Reader where you re not seeing the piece you re reading. We could do the floating bar, but again with the floating bar, it s just going to be a lot smaller. s going to sit over here, the

voices aren t great, but we do have that capability to have it read and go from there. While we re in this article, I m going to show you something else here. One of the issues that a lot of individuals have is: so they want to go read something on the internet; take a look at what s going on here. Here s our text, it s pretty small and it s right in the middle. But what do we have all around that? We ve got a picture over here, we ve got all of these social media components over here of people liking it and tweeting it and pinning it and all kinds of stuff over there Then we ve got ads over here, videos over here. If we scroll down we see we ve got more links, more videos, more ads. This can be really confusing. Not just for people in general, but especially for folks with disabilities When we start talking sort of the ADHD, this is a link that is really going to cost some issues for somebody there. So there is a tool that you can use and I m going to go to limit that. I m going to go and show you the website It s, and if we go to, what this does is if you sign up, it is free, you can get an add on. And an add-on is going to look like this little book on your browser I believe it used to really only work for Firefox. I believe it works for everything now. But with that read now little button on your toolbar, if you click on that it is going to take your webpage and it s going to convert it, and it s going to remove all that extra garbage. So we can see now that same article that we just read, we were just looking at that ads and links, and all kinds of other things here, it keeps our main picture, but it removes all the ads from the side, removes all these ads from the other side And what we ve got now is just the main text of our article. We can scroll all the way to the bottom with this and we get a little ad at the bottom for readability; but none of those ads, none of those links in there I believe Safari has this built in too. If you look on your phone or your iPad and you go to a website it says there should be a little button up there that says, Reader It does pretty much the same thing. It wipes out all the stuff on the side. We can save it for later if we want to read it later And then if we want to go back we hit this back button, and it takes us back to that main page. So I m just going to convert this again. This is what we re dealing with before we hit readability, lots of stuff in there, lots of stuff distracting from our text. We hit readability, it just takes a second to convert and we get just the main text of that to stand out. So that s a really nice free tool for accessing the text and making things a little bit less confusing for those kids that might have disabilities. I want to show you now, what I consider to be probably one of the better reading tools out here. And that reading tool is something called Nook Study. Nook Study kind of flies under the radar in the disability world because it wasn t really designed for folks with disabilities; but it has some great components to this that can really make accessing text and reading it a little bit easier. Nook Study, most of you are probably familiar with the idea of a Nook. And Nook was an eReader for Barnes and Noble that s kind of transformed even more into a tablet than just an eReader. But Barnes and Noble with Nook Study is something completely separate from a Nook itself. It s a software download for PC or MAC that basically was created in ll open it up here. It was created by Barnes and Noble to try and help them grab a bigger piece of the digital textbook arena. When they were looking around and trying to increase their market share in digital textbooks. They found that a lot of people weren t necessarily buying them because, what they wanted, was they wanted to be able to do what you could do in a text book. Open it up, highlight, take notes in it, do all that kind of stuff. You couldn t do that in your standard, digital textbook that you might buy from Barnes and Noble. So Barnes and Noble created this thing called Nook Study which allows us to have access to all Barnes and Noble books. We can buy a Barnes and Noble book, bring it directly into here. And then we can do a lot of those things within Nook Study. So this is a free download, and we can download here some free books that they have. I m just going to open up this Dracula book; and we can show you some of the things that we can do within this. So, we would buy a book through Barnes and Noble, and then we can sit here and we can take a look at this, and maybe we find something that we want to highlight. We can highlight the text on our screen and when we let go, we get all kinds of neat options here. We have an option

for applying mark-up. So if this is something we want to highlight; in fact let s grab this whole part of the sentence here, we ll highlight until the end. We ll let go and we can hit apply mark-up and now we can highlight it, we can choose our color; we could underline it and choose our color. We could asterisk it, choose our color. We could add a question mark if we want. So we ll highlight this and then we ll come down here and say I had a question about this part we could add a question mark here. We can put an asterisk in here if we wanted to as well. So we ve got all these different components to working with this. Now where do folks with disabilities come into play? Let s say we had somebody with a disability that wanted to read this And we highlight our text from the beginning here. And take a look at this; if we go down to the bottom, you have two options here: speak from here; or speak selection. Speak selection is going to allow us to just read the piece that we ve selected. But if we choose speak from here, it s going to start reading and highlighting as it reads and it s going to go until we tell it to stop. So as soon as we highlight something else, it s going to stop. But that s a really neat component here. Now we ve got the capability to purchase any book, any textbook, through Barnes and Noble, open it up in here, and have it spoken out loud. There is something that you have to do to be able to make sure that that works and I ll show you that in a second. But I want to play on a couple of other things here We also have the capability we could choose one piece here, we could choose a word, highlight a word, we could add a note to this if we wanted to. So not only can we highlight, but we could add a note within the note, we could write something in that note and then save it and what you ll see is we get a little green note here connected to that word. So when we tap that note it s going to or we just hover over that note it s going to show us what we ve typed into our notes page there We also have an option, this is pretty cool, where we can highlight text, so we highlight, Great Britain, let go and we have the option to look it up. And we can look it up within the book, on Google, on Wikipedia, Dictionary, Wolfram, or YouTube. So this really makes this text come alive, it allows us to use other sources at hand to learn more about that piece that we highlight. So that s another neat piece to this. Where I m really concerned though, again is in the accessibility angle So again, if we wanted to have this read text out loud, we could highlight text; let s grab a sentence here, just one short sentence Highlight a sentence and let go, and then go and hit speak selection. And it s going to read that out loud to us. A little bit better voice than some of the old free ones but not great but a little bit better; but again it is free. Now if we go back up here, and we hit library, I just want to show you in settings; when you first use this you have to go into settings, and you have to go into the accessibility tab. And under the accessibility tab, you will see enable text to speech, you have to click that or it won t allow you to read. So you have to click enable text to speech first. Now, one neater piece here So we talked about how you can buy books off Barnes and Noble, if you have a PDF, you can also bring that in. So if you have text in a PDF, if you go here and you hit add item, and import file, s going to ask you to find or it s going to give you access to a computer You can grab any file on that computer, choose it, and it ll open it up and add it to your library. So here s a PDF that I have, I can open this up, I can highlight the first word, let go and hit speak from here. And it s going to through and read that. So that opens up all kinds of doors now; anything that we can get into an accessible PDF. So PDF where we could search the text; we ve got access to having that text read out loud for free, and we can also edit and we can also add things to it, and we could add notes, we could highlight; lots of different things within that; all through this free Nook Study tool. All you need, the user would download Nook Study, they have to create a Barnes and Noble account; you don t have to link it to a credit card You want to buy books through Barnes and Noble,

you do; but otherwise you don t have to link it to a credit card, and that could be a free s really a nice, free text reading tool. Does anybody have any questions at this point? I m going to close that down. It doesn t look like we have any questions, so I m just going to continue to show you things. Another neat tool that we just started discovering recently is some tools built into Google Chrome. Now Google Chrome is just another web browser if you re not using it yet. But what it does, with Google Chrome you ve got access to lots of cool different things. So I m going to open up Google Chrome here. And then what you can do is there s actually a tool, Read and Write Gold, I don t know if any of you have heard of that before. Read and Write Gold is a tool a high end text reading tool It typically costs about $650.00. It does a great job reading text out loud to the individual They have within Google Chrome an extension that you can get, that adds Read and Write Gold s reading component free into this web browser for Google documents. So if you haven t used Google documents yet, what Google documents basically are, are a way to write something into a document and have it saved in the clouds You then go and access it anywhere you d like You can find that here once you open Chrome through Google Drive. I m going to click on Google Drive and it s going to open up my Google Drive. So these are all the documents I have shared on Google Documents; that I ve saved on Google Documents. Now if I go and open one of these documents, I m going to open up this app resources document. Now I m going to have access to Read and Write Gold. You don t just get Read and Write Gold by using Google docs. What I would do is go to Google search and type in Read and Write Gold; you can see there the second option that pops up is for Google docs. If you click on that you get a link to the Chrome Web Store You click on this, it takes you and shows you the Read and Write Gold element and it says, Add to Chrome. You click add to chrome, it is free right now, so you can just have it added. So now we have our text in this Google document. You can see a tab unit that says, Read and Write. If I click on that tab, look at this, what I get are options for reading, for highlighting and collecting highlights, and for looking up words in the dictionary And that s all free. So again if I go to the beginning here and I click on that, I want to start there and I hit play. So I m going to get this text reading and highlighting, that dual highlighting again; when the sentence is highlighted, each word is highlighted as it goes through. That s a really nice component here because, I can have any document that I have, or anything that I ve written in Google documents, I can have read back out loud to me. Now it also has a dictionary built in Let s say I don t know the word, built. And I put my cursor right in front of it, I ll come over here and hit dictionary, and it s going to show me, built. And it s going to show me the definition of that word. Now I believe, let s try this, if I click in front of that, if I just highlight it, it s going to read that out loud to me. I ll highlight it and hit play. Nope, I guess it s not going to read. Now it s reading it both. I guess it s all you have to do is highlight and click within that and it ll read that out loud So it does read that out loud. Now for those who have students that like highlighting, and want to make their own study guide, if we take and we highlight a sentence, and we go up here within our Google docs, and hit change the text background color, we ll change it to red; and then I go here and hit collect highlights, it s going to go and it s going to pull out what I ve highlighted and allow me to create my own study guide just by those different highlights there. So I m going to go back here quick and we ll change that back real quickly. There are several people on here that use the Google docs. So we ll change that back to none. I ll change that later, never mind. So we can add again with this, this is really nice because we could have any document within Google Docs read back out loud. So now what s cool here is we can also take and scan in virtually any document

that we have on our computer, through Google documents, get it in here and then have it read back out loud. We do that through the settings. So once you re within Google Drive, you go into the settings, and you look at upload settings here, you want to check all of these, convert uploaded files to Google Docs format, convert text from an uploaded PDF and image file. And what this allows you to do is we can take text in any format on the computer and we can turn it into something that can be read. So if we have a PDF that s been scanned in and typically it doesn t recognize this text, we can t search that text; we can scan it into here and make that text eligible to be read. We can also take a picture with our camera, with our phone, with our iPad of text, bring that into the computer, and then through this convert it to have that read out loud. So we have a textbook that s inaccessible to a student, we could sit there, take a few pictures of that text, load those pictures of it on the computer, and then convert them via Google Drive. So once we have these pieces set, I m going to go and I m going to open up before I do this I m going to open this PDF that I m going to show you, it s just on my computer. So the PDF I m going to work with is this PDF called, The Library Example that I m have here. So the reason I show this a lot is this tool, this PDF has been scanned in as an image We click on here, it doesn t recognize words individually, and I can show you that by going and hitting edit and find, and searching for the word, toward, because I see that right on the page. When I click find it, it tells me here it can t find it. And that s because it recognizes this as an image. So this PDF is not going to read with text readers. So keeping that in mind, I go back into my Google Chrome, into my Google Drive here, in Google Chrome; and I look at this button here. This is the upload button. If I click on that, and I go and hit files, I m going to go find that library example. So now it asks me because, I changed the settings with uploading and I want to convert this to Google Docs format, and do I want to convert the text from the PDF in the image, in the image files, to Google documents. And when I say I want to do that, it makes that text workable for me. So, I m going to hit start upload now. And you re going to see over here, it s telling me it s uploading; now it says finishing. And when it s done so it s still working and converting it. It shouldn t take too long. When it s done, I m going to go find it in my list here, I m going to open it up, and you re going to see then that we can use that same Read and Write Gold we were using before, to read that out loud. Excuse me. All right it s still working on finishing. Now the upload is complete, and it says it s converted as well. So I m going to close this, I m going to search in my list here for library example. There it is. And now when I open it up, here is my library example. m going to scroll down; we ll scroll out of that first page that we looked at before. So here s our first page. So the downside is we still can t do anything with this first page. You ll see it when we click on it, it highlights the whole page. That still is an image. But when it s done, is it gives us the very next page it took all that text and it converted it to text that we can read. So now, we can click here, we can go back to our read and write tab, and we can hit play. And it s going to read that same stuff that we saw up here s going to read that same stuff that we saw right here that we couldn t read in another format, we can access that and have it read out loud Now, each page through here so we might want to go through and delete some of these if you were going to read it, but what we d have is the image of the page and then the text right after that. And then again, the image of the page and the text right after that But this, if you ve worked with Kurzweil, if you ve worked with Read and Write Gold in the past and you ve worked with scanning in books; that s a huge process, those were really expensive tools. They re great tools, but they re not necessarily right for everybody Now with Google documents, all you need, is if you give the student their own Google account, you can download this Read and Write Gold extension for free, and any student can open up a Google Drive document, upload these documents,

basically have a virtual scan done, and then have them read out loud. So this is really a nice, free tool. And I would recommend if you re thinking about doing this, dive on getting this read and write extension pretty quickly because, we just had a meeting with Read and Write folks, not that long ago, and apparently they may start charging for that in the future. They may not, but they may start charging for that in the future. And you d want to have it now while you have the opportunity to get that for free. Those are the reading tools that I wanted to show you guys today. I still have a few more free tools I want to take a look at here, but does anybody have any questions about those tools that we ve been looking at? If you do, feel free to type them in that chat box and I will answer whatever you ve got there. While you re doing that, while you re thinking of questions, I ll give you time again at the end; I am going to go and open up a document that has some pretty poor spelling issues with it, to show you another free tool. If you look across the top my screen, this thing that says Ginger on here. Ginger is a free download that basically works as a contextual spell checker, to change what you ve written, if you spell things incorrectly, or if you spell something correctly but use it incorrectly in a sentence. Ginger is a free download, When you download it there, what you ll see is as soon as you re running it, when you start typing something, when it thinks something is out of whack; it s going to highlight it in blue in your word document. This will also work anywhere you re typing something. It could be on the internet, it could be in another type of document; anywhere you type something it s going to work. So like here, I spelled this word incorrectly, if I now go hover over it, you re going to see that it s going to give me that word used correctly in the sentence. So I spelled yesterday incorrectly, up here it shows me the correct spelling with the rest of the sentence. If I just click on that, it s going to change the sentence for me. I could do that again here, here I spelled giraffes phonetically, I spelled lions incorrectly, elephants and tigers as well. And it shows me that sentence, and then all I have to do is click on that sentence and it changes the whole thing for me again. Again down here, I took lots of pictures while I was there, spelled that all incorrectly, I can make that change just by clicking it. It doesn t always get everything right, summer is finally hers, that s not what I was going for, I was going for, s finally here. So if it gets a word incorrect you can go and you can hit the that pops up next to that word and it s not going to change that word then, if we select the whole thing. But what we do have to do is we will have to go in then and change that, I don t know. Now the downside to this, the free version, it does not have a speech component that reads that stuff back to you. So if you are a poor speller, if you are a phonetic speller and you rely on listening to be able to see if your changes are correct, it doesn t have that point. It used to have a purchase component that you could buy a reader; I think that it has since changed. But this really is a nice spell checker for those that really struggle with spelling to be able to make changes to your document directly and to do it on a sentence basis as opposed to a per word basis. So Ginger is a great tool, is where you pick that up for free. Let me show you just a couple more things here, a couple more free tools. These free tools aren t MP3 creators That s where we re going to end today is by showing a couple more MP3 creators. What these are, so some students, they may just need the voice of something; they may not be able to follow along while it highlights while it reads. And there are two really good free converters out there that we can use to to get text and put it into a document or into an MP3 format. The first one is called With Vozne the thing that s nice about it is that it s a very simple interface, this is it. We can choose English, Spanish, or there are other languages. We take text, we still have that piece from that Sports Illustrated article, we can paste it into this document, we ll delete the bottom part of this, we ll paste it into this area, we can choose a male or female voice from that drop down menu, and then we can hit create MP3. It takes just a second to do that and then we have it here

where we can download it and put it on our computer. Downside to this is that voice is pretty rough. It s tough listening to that voice; I m not going to lie. Again the positives are the interface is very simple, very simple to use. The voice is not good. It is a downside to have to copy and paste text into this But it s simple to use. Now, another downside, once I close this it s gone. I would have to run that again to create the MP3 again But right now it s gone, there s nothing I can do about it, I d have to run it again; so that could be a downside as well. But the interface is simple to use. The one that I really like better is a tool called And if we go to we can create a sign in; if we create a sign in it is free And within this sign in, what happens then is when we upload, or we create an MP3, it s going to save that for us. So we don t lose it every time we close the website down. We can go into our library, pull that out and listen to it anytime. What s nice here is we do have the option to copy and paste text in, or you see file, if we choose file, we can go in and choose any file; PDF file, txt file, or doc file. We find that file, we hit run text to speech and it s going to create an MP3 file for us, in just a matter of a couple of minutes really. This is probably a 20 page PDF that I just put in there and it s not going to take too long to start to begin creating. There s our MP3 that it s converting. So it says here that it s converting the text to speech it s ripped the text out of that PDF for us, and now if we hit play, we should be able to hear some of this. I guess it s still working on it. There we go So that actually gives us a pretty good voice, it gives us these incremental chunks so that we don t have to wait for the whole thing to convert to listen to it. It gives us a pretty good voice; it allows us to do an entire document at the same time. Really overall, this is a really nice tool for being able to create MP3s for free from just about anything So if you have students that like just hearing the text, if you have students that may want to listen to something on the bus, maybe in a car ride, maybe while they re working out, this would be a great way to give them access to that MP3 they can then load onto an iPod and use from there. I think that is just about it, we re pushing our hour here that we had set aside for this webinar. I hope what I ve been able to do m going to stop sharing my desktop briefly. I hope what I ve been able to do is show you some free tools that might really be beneficial in the classroom, in your job, or wherever you happen to be working. I d be glad to answer any questions you have for those right now. If you joined late in the session and you missed anything, this session will be archived on our website so you can go back and take a look at it It should be up there by tomorrow to take a look at what we ve gone through and talked about. But does anybody have any questions that they d like to ask? Feel free to just type them into that chat box if you do. Again, while we re deciding if you ve got any or not, I just want to tell you, I hope this was a good introduction to some free tools, I would be glad to be further in depth on anything with you on a more individual basis Or if you have any questions about any of the things that we talked about here today, you can email me at HYPERLINK “” or you can call me at (319) 335-5280 and I d be glad to go over any of those things with you. And I also invite you if you re joining us here, I d like to invite you to join us every Wednesday, we do an app or every Tuesday now, I m sorry we do an app webinar where we walk through about 15 to 20 minutes we walk through an app that might be helpful for as an assistant technology app. And we will continue to do these monthly webinars, and you can find everything on our website: and go to the webinars tab. The webinar we ll be doing tomorrow, we ll be doing a prerecorded

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