LiveScribe for note taking, planning and diagrams

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” I find if I use the LiveScribe with the ear buds just hanging loosely round my neck, then the microphone from the pen does not pick up the scratching when writing, but still records the lecture or meeting”  (You need the digital pen with the special paper notepads and the software for transferring notes to the computer or tablet and it can be used with Evernote)

Ursula

Assistant App for organising your time with voice rather than typing

assistant appSandra sent an email about her work with links to her TeachTapin blog and there she mentioned her use of iPads and an iPhone   “Assistant App is a great new app powered by the Nuance voice technology used for Dragon and other applications.   It allows you to organise your time by way of a calendar with all dates and events now added by voice recording. As a dyslexic it allows me to take ownership in planning my time but also means that others can set me reminders.  Hearing a voice relay the information to me is a great help.”
Assistant App in the Apple store  £1.49 on this date – 50% off for a limited time.  There is a free Android ‘Assistant’ app that also works with voice but is mainly for opening other apps, answering questions etc.
Sandra Fox TeachTapin blog

Use different TTS voices and use Siri for sending text messages

“I use different voices for my text to speech and I use Siri to send notes to lecturers as an instant message (SMS).  It is the flexibility of the iPhone that is so good – you can multitask using several tools at once.”

Karima – sent via the strategy form

However, there can be some problems when ‘Trying to Use Siri to Text Message‘ as this YouTube video illustrates!

Open Library – The record interpreter for definitions and roots

open library and manuscript“I have to work with ancient manuscripts and find that the online Open Library record interpreter is really helpful when it comes to Latin roots. I use two screens and scan the manuscript into Word and then add notes in comment boxes.”

The Open  Library offers books and papers that can be read online and in several other formats including PDF, Plain text, DAISY, ePub, DjVu, MOBI as well as sending a copy to a Kindle

Becky  – Medieval Renaissance Culture.

Google docs for vocab lists.

google form” I use Google docs for learning vocab lists and revision.  I can have all the information organised in a form that I design with blank edit boxes – fill in the Google online form as a test and then it connects to a spread sheet and prints out as a vocab list.   It is easy to built the form and there are videos that show you how!

 

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Youtube video on how to make an online Google form and show the results in a Google spread sheet.

Sophie – French

 

YouTube to make procrastination productive!

“I use Youtube  when I am procrastinating about what to write or revise. I find it helps my concentration and is a more productive way of taking a break, whilst keeping me centred on the project.”

Refseek have several sites that offer videos for various topics besides YouTube university and Apple iTunes U.

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Roxanne

‘Voice Ask’ for research and general questions whilst on the move.

This strategy comes thanks to Sandra Fox who has shared her technology tool tips on her blog. 

Voice Ask is an assistant like Siri, but it works on all iPhones and iPads [Apple app store £0.69]. And now on Android as well [via Google Play for £2.27]. You can ask it questions on any topic, either by talking to it or write, and it will answer you in a clear voice.”  There is a YouTube video about Voice Ask

Sandra Fox – AT specialist – TeachTapin

Academic phrasebook to aid writing

This could save the day when you cannot think what to write in certain parts of an assignment or dissertation –  the University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank.

It is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological “nuts and bolts” of writing organised under the headings to the left. It was designed primarily with international students whose first language is not English in mind. However, if you are a native speaker writer, you may still find parts of the material helpful.

academic phrasebank

Thanks to Andy McMahon 

 

BrailleSense schedule manager for appointments

“I do not tend to use a calendar.  However, for critical appointments, I put them down in my BrailleSense’s schedule manager.”

This works well with a PC and screen reader.  It has a calendar and clock for alarms.  Appointments can be made very quickly using Braille,  whilst having a conversation or in a lecture. It has an internet connection, can be used for social networking and word processing.

Sam – Live and Studio Sound