AT Specialist Diana Petschauer led a series of 3 webinars on Apps Across Curriculum and Platforms to Support Struggling Learners. With the participation of Luis Perez, Apple Distinguished Educator and Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Consultant, Part 1 focuses on iOS built-in Accessibility feature and Apps for struggling learners. The Chrome browser and its Apps and Extensions feature is the focus of webinar #2. Part 3 is dedicated to Free and Low Cost web-based resources, using Apps and Extensions as AT and their use as tools to expand access to learning.
- [Diana] Welcome, everyone. This is Diana Petschauer, and your host for Apps Across the Curriculum. If you'd give me just one moment, I am going to share my iPad screen with everyone, so we can get started with this afternoon's webinar. You should see my iPad screen at this time. And I'm just going to pull up my website as I'm talking. So this is, again, Diana Petschauer. I'm a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional and founder of the company, Assistive Technology for Education. My consultants and I do travel throughout New England to provide assistive technology, assessments and evaluations, as well as training for students to access education and for adults to access employment, as well as access to communities or homes, et cetera. And this afternoon, you are attending Apps Across the Curriculum.
This is the first webinar in a series of three. And if you are attending the full course, we'll be talking more about the course in the Center for Technology and Disability website and we'll get you through all of that as well if you are attending for ECUs and doing online discussions with us, which would be wonderful. So this first webinar is going to incorporate built-in accessibility to iOS devices and also iPad apps for struggling learners, or for all learners, but certainly to support those struggling learners as well. And the next couple of webinars in this series, we'll be discussing apps for Chromebooks and all other devices but this particular webinar is focused on iOS devices. So what you're learning this afternoon can be applied to iPad, the iPad Mini, iPod Touch, and iPhone.
If you have any questions as we go along, please feel free to type them into the chat. I'll be stopping periodically, and our folks from Center on Technology and Disability will be reading your questions to me. I will try to get to as many as possible throughout the webinar, but I want to make sure that you receive all the information that I have to present. And then any further questions, you can certainly ask throughout this week on the discussion forum, so you will have your questions answered if we don't get to them during the webinar. So I am going to introduce a co-presenter for the beginning of the webinar, who is Luis Perez. He is an Apple-distinguished educator and Google-certified teacher. And as we get into the beginning of iOS accessibility, Luis is going to be sharing his screen in his iPad, and then we'll be switching back over to mine and I'll be showing further iOS accessibility options. So I'm going to stop sharing my screen and hand it over to Luis, who will tell you more about himself.
- [Luis] Hello, everybody. This is Luis Perez. I hope you can see my screen right now. Everything looking good over there, Diana?
- [Diana] Everything looks great. I see it.
- [Luis] All right. Well, thank you for the opportunity to co-present with you, Diana. It's a great pleasure for me to share about iOS accessibility, primarily because a lot of these features that I'm going to talk about, actually I'm going to focus on just two, are features that I, myself, use as a person with a visual impairment. And I use them to access the curriculum as I was going through school, and I use them now in the work that I do as an inclusive learning consultant, to help teachers support all students in learning. So what I'm going to do here, I only have a few minutes. I'm going to get right into it. And the first thing that I want to show you is, if you have an iOS device, an iPhone, an iPad, as Diana was mentioning, if you go into your settings and you want to find where the accessibility options are, just look for General.
So here, I'm on an iPad, so General is going to be over on the left side of the screen. When I choose General, then I'll find Accessibility. And you'll notice the accessibility features here are organized into different categories. Some correspond to different needs some people may have, such as vision or hearing, and then there are some categories that kind of cut across such as media. So if you're watching videos for example, you can turn on the subtitles and captioning. And then there's also guided access for learning. And I'm sure Diana's going to cover that in more detail later. So I'm going to focus on the ones under vision, which are the features that I use as a person with a visual impairment.
So the first one I want to talk about is Zoom. And Zoom provides screen magnification. You can turn it on and off at the top of the screen here. The one thing is, when you turn this on, at first you won't see anything happen. In order to use this feature, what you need to do is take three fingers and you can double-tap on the screen, and that zooms in for you. And then you can drag with three fingers and kind of change what's showing on the screen while you're zoomed in. To exit out of the zoomed in mode, again, with three fingers, you'll double-tap and you're back to the normal view or the default view. Now, that's the way that Zoom has worked up until iOS 8.
Then iOS 8, Apple made a number of enhancements, and one of these, if you go on the Zoom region, you can go from full screen zoom, as I just showed you, to window mode. But now, when I double-tap with three fingers, I get a small window, and I can move that window around on the screen and magnify just part of the screen, the part of the screen that I want to focus on, like so. I can move that window. Again, there's a small handle at the bottom of it, and if I grab that handle, I can move it anywhere I want. If I tap the handle, it will bring up a menu with a number of options. This is where you can increase the zoom. You can lower it. And then if you tap on Choose Filter, one nice feature that I like to use is to turn on the inverted filter. And so now, basically, I get two features for the price of one. I have it zoomed in, but I also have the screen reversed so that I get more contrast within that small window. The rest of the screen remains in the default view. The colors are not reversed and they're the default magnification.
But whatever is inside of the window is not only magnified but I also now have inverted colors. That makes it easier for me to read the text. And so, again, within that small menu that you get when you tap the handle, you can change zoom modes. You can go back and forth between full screen and window mode. You can even re-size the window. And you can also show a controller. The controller is really handy. Basically, it allows you to navigate with zoom. And it also allows you to turn it on and off by double-tapping. So it's a nice way to use zoom. It makes it much quicker. You can double-tap that menu. It brings it back on.
Or you can double-tap it and it hides it. Or if you tap it once, it brings up the menu with the options. So that's one of the features that I use the most because I still have some vision, and so there are times when I just need to zoom in on content and I'll turn on zoom. The other feature I want to discuss very quickly here is VoiceOver. VoiceOver is a full-feature screen reader. I could do a whole session just on VoiceOver. And it really is a game changer technology when it was first introduced to the iPhone. Because the iPhone is just a flat surface, it doesn't have any buttons on it, so it's kind of difficult for somebody who's blind to use it, and so VoiceOver provides the means of accessing a touchscreen device if you're blind. I'm going to turn on VoiceOver real quick. So again, I'm under Accessibility, and then Vision, and I'm going to choose VoiceOver. And when I turn VoiceOver on:
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver on, settings.
- [Luis] You'll hear the synthesized speech kick in. I can basically change what VoiceOver reads out loud. It's very simple. You just move your finger around on the screen. And whatever is underneath your finger, that's what VoiceOver is going to read out loud.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver sees items on the screen. Tap once to select an item. Double-tap to activate the selected item.
- [Luis] And so that's the basic way that VoiceOver works. You first make a selection, and then you double-tap to act on it. And the nice thing is that if you're blind, you can just double-tap anywhere on the screen. So for example, I'm going to go out to the home screen here. And let's say that I want to launch the Notes app. I can just double-tap anywhere on the screen, and as long as Notes is selected and I can hear the name of that app, if I double-tap, it will launch that app.
- [VoiceOver] Notes. Text field is editing. Quitting.
- [Luis] To exit out of the app, I'll just press the home button, the usual way that I would do it.
- [VoiceOver] Notes.
- [Luis] Now, there are a couple of cool things you can do with VoiceOver. I'm going to open up the Notes app.
- [VoiceOver] Notes. Text field is editing. Quick nav off.
- [Luis] And just to show you one of the new features that was introduced in iOS 7, this is called Handwriting Recognition. And I'm going to use a special gesture, because VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader. In other words, you perform a series of flicks, slides, and so on, in order to interact with it. And a special gesture for VoiceOver is called the rotor. What I'm going to do is put two fingers on the screen and then I'm going to pretend to turn an invisible dial.
- [VoiceOver] Read input, portrait, handwriting lowercase.
- [Luis] I will see an indication on the screen that I'm turning this virtual dial. And when it gets to handwriting, now what I can do is just write on the screen.
- [VoiceOver] N-O.
- [Luis] And it recognizes the input from my handwriting and converts it into text. And conversely, I also have--
- [VoiceOver] Read input, portrait, dots.
- [Tony] I have braille, and so I can just enter a braille pattern on the screen and VoiceOver will recognize it and turn it into text. And I don't know much braille, but if I just tap--
- [VoiceOver] 1.
- [Luis] I can enter some braille. Now, VoiceOver also supports refreshable braille displays, which you can connect using a Bluetooth connection. So it's a really versatile screen reader.
- [VoiceOver] Home.
- [Luis] And the nice feature introduced in iOS 8 is that you now have the same high-quality voice that has been available previously only on the Mac. This voice is called Alex. It not only is very natural-sounding, but it also does a great job with synthesized speech, with the clarity of it. So there's a lot more to VoiceOver. I could go on and on, but I only have a few minutes, so I will pause here and then I will turn it back to Diana and answer any questions that you may have about these two accessibility features.
- [Diana] Thank you, Luis. Before you stop sharing your screen, you do have a couple of questions, so you might want to still demonstrate--
- [Luis] Okay.
- [Diana] While you're answering them. I'll read them for you.
- [Luis] Sure.
- [Diana] The first one was while you were demonstrating Zoom. "Are you personally able to keep your orientation "on the screen when you do that? "I've had a hard time as a sighted person doing that."
- [Luis] I do. Zoom did not work for me before when I used it as, with the full screen mode. Hopefully, that's what she's referring to. But I find that I can use them much better now that they have that window mode because the rest of the screen provides some context for me and allows me to sort of know where I am. And so I find it much more user-friendly now. Now, before I let you go to the next question, one thing that I forgot to mention: if you're going to try VoiceOver on your own, and I always forget to mention this, but it's really important with some of these accessibility features, is to turn on something called the accessibility shortcut. The accessibility shortcut allows you turn on accessibility features on and off by triple-clicking the home button, which I'm going to do here.
- [VoiceOver] Alert, accessibility options.
- [Luis] And that allows you to turn them on and off. If you have multiple ones selected, you get a menu. If you don't have multiple selected, like if you just have one accessibility feature selected, it just turns it off right away. So I'm going to show you where you can enable and disable this accessibility shortcut. I'm going to turn off VoiceOver first.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver off.
- [Luis] If you go to Settings, and again, under General, Accessibility, all the way at the bottom, you're going to find an option called the Accessibility Shortcut. And as you can see, right now, I have two features turned on: VoiceOver and Switch Control. If I turn off Switch Control, in other words, I make sure that there's no check mark next to its name, and I have just VoiceOver for the accessibility shortcut, now I can turn it back on just by triple-clicking Home.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver on, Settings.
- [Luis] Or I can triple-click Home to turn it off.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver off.
- [Luis] So that's a really handy feature and it makes it much easier. If you're new to something like VoiceOver or even Switch Control, I would recommend going in and before you get started, make sure that accessibility shortcut is set up for that feature that you want to experiment with. Sorry about that, Diana. I forgot to mention that earlier, and I think it's really important.
- [Diana] No worries. I'm glad you did. It's definitely a helpful feature as you mentioned because sometimes people turn on VoiceOver and then have no idea how to navigate back to the settings to turn it off. And if it's on that accessibility shortcut as you mentioned, they just hit their home button three times and then, boom, it's off. So that's wonderful to show.
- [Luis] And you said there was a second question?
- [Diana] There is. Well, it was actually, okay, yes, there's a comment and a question. The comment was, "The braille cell dot numbers did not "look like the standard buttons." And the question about the braille dot numbers, "The standard is only six dots and the screen has eight. "All of the numbers were reversed." Sorry.
- [Luis] Because you can switch back and forth between six and eight dots.
- [Diana] Okay, so you could switch between six and eight.
- [Luis] And that's the first thing. The second thing is that I have the iPad on a stand and it's facing towards me, whereas that feature is primarily meant to be used while you have the iPad facing away from you.
- [Diana] Oh, good point.
- [Luis] So in other words, the iPad is facing away from you and you line up your fingers with those dots, and you can calibrate it. And then it will make a little bit more sense
- [Diana] That answers that question.
- [Luis] So basically, yeah, it's because I have the iPad on the stand.
- [Diana] Go ahead.
- [Luis] It's because I have the iPad on a stand so it's basically like trying to write backwards.
- [Diana] Thank you for that explanation. So that did answer the second part, which the numbers were reversed from standard and you have them on your, the right side of your screen, and that's exactly why, because the person using it would not have it on a stand. They would have it facing away from them.
- [Luis] Yup.
- [Diana] Okay, great.
- [Luis] All right. So, can I stop sharing my screen then, I guess?
- [Diana] Absolutely. Thank you so much, Luis.
- [Luis] All right. Let me do that real quick.
- [Diana] We're just going to switch back now. I'm going to go to share my screen so that I can share my iPad along with everyone again. Thank you so much, Luis, for your view on the accessibility settings, zoom and VoiceOver, and how you personally use them. I appreciate you joining us to explain that.
- [Luis] My pleasure.
- [Diana] And I am going to go into the settings now to go over a few of the other built-in accessibility features, in addition to zoom and VoiceOver that Luis just went over. So if you are following along on an iOS device, iPad or iPhone or iPad Mini, and you'd like to go into these accessibility settings yourself, it is the gray gear icon. You can see it at the bottom of my screen on my toolbar. Yours may be up on your main screen. You want to tap on Settings. And as mentioned, on the left-hand side, you tap on General. That's why it is blue, General is selected. And on the right-hand side, you're going to tap on Accessibility, so right just about there in the middle. So the first two you notice are VoiceOver and Zoom. That's what Luis just went over for us. And below that is Inverted Colors.
If you want to tap on Inverted Colors yourself on your iOS device, you will see that it does change the screen to white on black and high contrast with colors. Because I'm reflecting my iPad today with AirServer, with iPad on inverted colors, you don't get to see that effect on my screen, but if you're following along with one, feel free to try that yourself. You can turn it on and off very easily. And just know that if you have a user who has low vision or cortical visual impairment, and some of us who are just aging and our eyes get tired, being able to invert the colors and have white on black or opposite contrast can be very helpful. Also, gray scale below that, if that is needed. And below that, it says Speech, and this is one of my favorite accessibility features to show. VoiceOver at the top is wonderful for anyone who needs to have everything on the screen spoken out loud to them, most especially for someone who's low vision or completely blind, it's nice.
Sometimes they want everything out loud, spoken on the screen, so that they can navigate and get to where they need to be, as well as have information read out loud. But for someone with a learning disability or another type of disability where they just want to have text speech for information on the Internet or worksheets, handouts, books, et cetera, some of those things, I'm going to show you how to access it in the iPad. They may want to choose the information that they have read out loud to them, and that is by using this built-in Speech feature. So, left-hand side, General, right-hand side, Accessibility, and now, the fifth one down, we're going to tap on Speech. Now, with Speech turned on, you want to turn on Speak Selection and you want to turn on Speak Screen. Both of these are turned off by default on all iOS devices. You do need to come in to the settings in order to turn it on and use the feature, and we will be using it throughout many of the apps that I'm showing you today. You can change the speaking rate. You can see the slider there between the turtle and the rabbit.
- [VoiceOver] Speak selection, Speak selection, read selected content. Speak selection read selected content.
- [Diana] You can slow it down as needed.
- [VoiceOver] Speak selection, read selected content.
- [Diana] You can choose to turn on Highlight Content, the one that's available. The content can also be highlighted as it's spoken out loud. And when Speak Selection is turned on, there are a few ways to use it. I'm going to hit my home button and go back to the Internet on the iPad. So while you're in a website, the reverse pinch to zoom is also nice. It's built-in and it works on certain apps and website pages. If it didn't work, you can use the Zoom feature three finger double-tap when Zoom is turned on, that Luis just demonstrated. You can first increase the size, and if you want to have it read out loud, two ways to use that Speech that we just turned on. You can press and hold on the screen and these blue dots appear. And you can move the blue dots to select the text that you want to have read out loud. So if a student or individual is researching on the Internet and just want to select a specific text that they want to have read out loud, they can press and hold on the screen, move the blue dots to select the text, and then tap Speak which is the last option on that little toolbar that appeared.
- [VoiceOver] Education provides assistive technology and accessibility services for students and adults to access education.
- [Diana] The second option when you have Speech turned on is that two fingers swipe down from the top of the screen.
- [VoiceOver] Content, primary menu. Assessment, and training and services.
- [Diana] Do you see the toolbar that appeared at the top of the screen? It says Safari at the top. There's the turtle and the rabbit, the play, and the forward and the back button. And it just docks to the side of my website. So that little arrow to the left will dock this nice toolbar over to the left until I need to use it again. And when you pull it out, you can choose to have that information read out loud and certainly slow it down or speed it up as needed. And by tapping on that X, you can get rid of your toolbar altogether. So, that is again, so I hit my home button, going back into my accessibility settings. You do need to be in Accessibility, and you need to turn on the selections so that those things work, and those options for having the text read out loud will also work in other apps that I'm going to show you today to have information read out loud as needed. Larger text, this is wonderful. You can choose larger accessibility sizes and then drag the slider to increase the text size that are in your messages and in your notes.
So, again, for someone with low vision or just those of us who are aging and naturally want the text to be larger, that is a helpful feature built right in. Bold text, button shape, increased contrast, all these can be very helpful, and as you experiment or the individual or student experiments to make use of these options. Under Hearing, you'll notice hearing aids. Most newer hearing aids are Bluetooth-capable, and if you turn this on, you're able to connect your hearing aid or the student's. And the audio, by turning that on, will allow you to turn all of the sounds on the iPad to the left or the right. They're all due to the individual hearing, out of the left or right ear. You can put it all of the sound on one side, and certainly they can be using earbuds or headphones to be listening to the sound on the iPad.
Subtitles and captioning, available when it's available for that particular video. You do want to make sure you have that turned on, that benefits everyone, certainly not just those who are hearing-impaired. English language learners, ADHD, having captioning on can really be helpful, and video description. So video description and subtitles and captioning when they are available, being able to have those on. Guided Access, has access to certainly a wonderful built-in accessibility feature for your button-happy students, because students who don't like to remain on path can try to hit the home button to go out and play their favorite game or their favorite app or go to their favorite website, Guided Access is a wonderful tool. You can also put this on your accessibility shortcut so that you can turn it on with a three-finger press of that home button, one, two, three, three finger taps of the home button, I should clarify. And you can turn Guided Access on.
So if you're in a particular app with a student and you want them to stay engaged in that app, and you don't want them to be able to hit the home button, you'll turn on Guided Access. It'll ask you for a four-digit pass code. Don't forget your pass code. Write it down. Save it in a folder. Make it your PIN, whatever you need to do, but don't forget the code, and don't give it to the student. And that is going to keep them in that particular app or on that website until you put that code in again. So if they hit the home button, it would prompt them to put in the pass code, and if they don't have the pass code, they are going to remain in that app or activity. The other great thing about Guided Access now is that you can set a timer. So if you want that student or individual to be in that activity for five minutes and then automatically shut off. So that you don't have to put the pass code in, and they know when they're done, you can set the timer right along with the app or activity that they're in by using Guided Access.
So if you haven't known about that particular built-in accessibility feature or explored it, certainly try that. It is a wonderful feature. It also allows you to disable anything on the screen. So if you have a Go Back button for example and a Go Forward button, and you only want the student to make forward progress, you could circle the Go Back button and it is then disabled. Many, many options with Guided Access to get into, so I do encourage you to try that out. Switch Control, so as mentioned, there is the option to connect switches as well as other Bluetooth devices to the iPad or iOS devices. Switch Control would be used for someone with a physical disability who has, might have a difficult time accessing the iPad in a typical fashion. And with Switch Control, you could connect the switch and use scanning so it would scan the screen and you could hit the switch to select. And then it could scan the screen again and you could hit the switch to select. Many different options in Switch Control.
You can see Auto Scanning, Auto Tap, Hold Duration, and many other switches that you may use also come with their own software that you may choose to use over Switch Control. So you can use the built-in Switch Control and you can use the built-in Switch Control that are in the switches. So you have that option. Most of the switches will tell you. And I'll just pull up an example for anybody that might not be familiar with switches. If we go to examples of assistive technology, pulling this up here. I just want to show a picture as we're talking about them. So, several different types of switches: Bluetooth, direct connect, Bluetooth means wireless, proximity switches, meaning we barely need to touch it. You can certainly adjust the pressure for certain switches with adjustable pressure switches, flat-screen switches. There are just so many available. There's hundreds, probably thousands of switches on the market now to choose from. And they are switches for every part of the body. So if an individual with a physical disability is able to use their foot and not their hand, they could use a foot switch or an elbow or their head. Really, really so many ways that they can use a switch to access the iPad. So know that that is certainly an option.
And before I leave the examples page, I just want to go up to what Luis mentioned earlier, the refreshable braille display, so while he was demonstrating VoiceOver which will speak everything out loud, the built-in screen reader on the iOS devices, you can also connect a refreshable braille display. If you're not familiar, this is what a couple of them look like. Again, hundreds of sizes and different models on the market through different companies. And the refreshable braille display is for someone who knows how to read braille and how to type braille and now wants to use this electronic device in order to read everything out loud in real time. Refreshable braille can also be used as braille shortcut keys. So, for example, if we had a refreshable braille connected to my iPad, everything such as this website could be read out loud to me with VoiceOver, and this text would pop up in real time, refreshing refreshable braille, with little pins at the bottom pop up so that the information can be read in Braille. I do show you how to, well, it looks like a moving AirServer and I've got to reconnect real quick. Choose that real quick.
So anyone who knows how to type using braille can have their information from the Internet read out loud. But also, I'll show you how to get electronic books. Here we go. We're back. Electronic books on the iPad, worksheets and handouts, and so those could be read out loud with the refreshable braille display. They can be read out loud. And they can also have that information in real-time braille so that doesn't have the large braille book in their backpack or to carry around. They can have the electronic book and still be able to read it in braille. And if you're filling in a worksheet or typing a paper or an essay, you can use the braille shortcut keys to type that information and of course it shows up in text on the screen. So what's wonderful about that is typically, educators and professionals who don't read braille can work very easily with a student who does read braille who's using the refreshable braille display, and do encourage teaching those visually impaired to receive training on how to use them and to teach their students how to use them.
I have clients from third grade all the way through adult using them in education and employment. So they are wonderful devices for those who do read braille and continue that literacy. So we're going to go back to our settings. And again, left-hand side, general, right-hand side, accessibility. I'll just give a brief overview of most of the accessibility settings that are built into an iOS device right out of the box before we even add any app that make these devices so accessible to individuals with disabilities. And you can see, there's also a few others, such as, underneath Switch Control, there's Assistive Touch. Assistive Touch is also great for someone who may have difficulty touching the screen. If we turn on Assistive Touch, you can see this little gray square up here to the right, with a white dot in there. It can be moved anywhere on the screen. And when we hit the home button, it still hovers. And if we open any app, that's going to be there.
And when you tap there, very light pressure tap or with a stylus, you see that you have access immediately to many things. If your home button is not accessible and you aren't able to press that home button, you can just tap Home here and get right back to home. The control center, notification center, favorites that you have saved, and Siri. So most of you are probably familiar with Siri. It is the voice control of the iPad. Typically, you have to press and hold your hold button to activate Siri and ask her to do something. But with assistive touch, you can access Siri very quickly here and say commands such as, "Siri, open my email," "Siri, give me directions to," "Siri, what is the weather today?" "Siri, send an email to." So for someone with a physical disability who has a very difficult time accessing the iPad physically, they could certainly access Siri through assistive touch and do many, many things that might be difficult for them otherwise. You also see underneath there, "Create new gesture."
So if you wanted to create a custom gesture, for example, if someone had a severe contraction and was not able to open their fingers or isolate a point, they could use their fist and a swipe to turn the pages in an app or to do another, activate another gesture, if you create that custom gesture for them. So you could create a new gesture, tap or swipe, to create that custom gesture, and that can be definitely, again, another helpful feature for someone with a physical disability, built in to the iOS devices. That last one, as Luis pointed out at the beginning, that accessibility shortcut, certainly be sure, if you have someone who is new to using VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader, you really want to make sure VoiceOver is checked here. It's not by default. You do need to turn it on in your accessibility shortcut. That way, you'll be able to hit the home button three times fast and turn VoiceOver on or off very quickly. For someone who's just learning how to use VoiceOver or even yourself, if you're learning to use it, it can be very frustrating if you don't know how to get back into your settings and turn it off. A couple of great apps to use if you are learning how to use VoiceOver or your student is: VO Starter and VO Tutorial. VO, of course, for VoiceOver. And you can see the second one there says Starter. VO Starter, for example, both of these are free, will walk you through using VoiceOver with VoiceOver on. And you see here, it tells you to turn on VoiceOver. I could of course just hit my home button three times fast, one, two, three, to turn on VoiceOver.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver on. VO Starter. Press continue button. Turn on VoiceOver. Continue. Continue. Segmented control. VO Starter.
- [Diana] Here we go.
- [VoiceOver] View, accessibility selection. VoiceOver. VoiceOver off.
- [Diana] So I just went through turning VoiceOver on and off using my accessibility shortcut, hitting my home button three times fast. I just wanted to show you that if you use VO Starter, you'll go through buttons, words, text field, table menus, et cetera, and it will walk you through how to use these things with VoiceOver on, and you follow the directions with VoiceOver on, and it just gives you the prompts along the way, what you need to do to learn how to use VoiceOver. Once a person knows the gestures such as two finger swipe down will continuously read, three finger swipe to the right will go through apps. It really can be a very helpful feature to use for someone with low vision or blind, and they become very fast and adept at using it. VO Starter, and VO Tutorial is another fun one. I'm just using my search feature here to pull them up. You can see at the top there, the icon for VO Tutorial. VO Tutorial is a little bit more fun for students. It's just different. I typically have them do both, but they do allow you...
Again, you have to turn VoiceOver on to use it. It allows them to play games, like a basketball game by doing certain gestures that are going to be used in VoiceOver, and they earn points and score shots and things like that by listening and by doing the gestures. So it's really a lot of fun for someone to learn, even adults, if they're going to use that particular app. So I just did a brief overview. We could go pretty much more into depth, but I have a lot of apps to show you. So that's been a brief overview of the built-in accessibility features that you want to be using with your students. And we will use them throughout part of this afternoon's training. So I'm going to pause just to ask the administrator if there's any questions right now that need to be answered.
- [Luis] Can you still hear me, Diana?
- [Diana] I can. Yes, Luis.
- [Luis] Okay. I just wanted to point out a couple of things. Number one is, with VoiceOver, you actually have a VoiceOver practice too.
- [Diana] Oh, yes.
- [Luis] So when you go into settings... Yeah, if you have VoiceOver turned on, this will only show up if you turn on VoiceOver, there is a VoiceOver practice option, and that also allows you to practice the VoiceOver gestures and basically get some practice. So there it is.
- [VoiceOver] Practice.
- [Diana] All right. I just wanted to show what you were speaking about. There's the VoiceOver practice.
- [Luis] So, if you go into that real quick, basically, you can perform any gesture and VoiceOver will tell you what it does.
- [VoiceOver] VoiceOver practice. Heading. Practice VoiceOver gestures. Talking in this area. Select the down button in the top-right corner and double-tap to exit.
- [Diana] Did you want to speak more about it, Luis?
- [Luis] So, yeah. Basically, that's it. If you perform a flick gesture now with, let's say, with a finger, a single finger, it will tell you what that gesture would do if you had VoiceOver turned on. So that's a great way to learn VoiceOver. The other quick tip that I have is about Speak Screen.
- [Diana] Yes.
- [Luis] Some students may not be able to perform that swipe gesture with two fingers from the top. Another quick way that you can enable Speak Screen is you can just have Siri do it for you. So if you turn on Siri and you say, "Speak Screen," it will read the contents of whatever screen you are on. But it won't work on the home screen, when you have all of your apps. You have to be inside a screen where you can find text that it can read. But that's something that I found really helpful, where if you can just bring up Siri and say, "Speak Screen," it will do that for you. And with a lot of the accessibility options, you can turn them on and off using Siri. So, for example, with VoiceOver, I can say, you know, "Turn VoiceOver on" to Siri, and it will do that for me as well.
- [Diana] Great point. Thank you very much, Luis. Were there any other questions in the chat before I move forward?
- [Luis] I was trying to answer some of them for you to save you some time, so
- [Diana] Oh, wonderful I love that, thank you. Any others? We're good to go? All right. I will move forward then. And before I go into the list of apps that I'm going to show this afternoon, I also want to show a couple of other things, some tools to use with the iPad. So many of you may or may not be familiar with a stylus, which is the tool or utensil to write on the iPad or iOS devices with: iPhone, iPad Mini, et cetera. This is just an example of one. This is the Ergo Grip. It has a built-in pencil grip which many students like and adults enjoy as well. Another example, these are styluses from iFaraday, little I, F-A-R-A-D-A-Y. I will add these resources online to the course so that you have all of these websites to go to. And I'll go over those resources and where to find them at the end of the webinar. But just so that you're aware, there are various styluses, adaptive styluses, so you can see this bendable stylus for example, for someone who may need it positioned in a certain way.
These styluses by iFaraday, you can see, are very light to hold. They're very lightweight. And it's also a very light touch that is needed. It isn't a very heavy touch that's needed to write on the iPad or to access the iPad. There's mouth sticks. There's head sticks, and of course positioners for those head sticks, whether it's attached or a headband to be used with them. So think of different options for your student who may be needing an adaptive stylus, so there are certainly options to use as well. And today, I'm using a Belkin tablet stand for my iPad. These are just some examples. RJ Cooper's tablet stand. And the iKlip. Let me zoom in on this one for you. This one in particular is very lightweight. RJ Cooper is a little bit more durable and heavy. Both are mobile, however. And this iKlip does come with a clamp that will clamp it to a table. RJ Cooper also has those available. So whether you're clamping it to a table or a desk or a wheelchair tray and you need something lightweight and portable, there are many apps I'm going to show you today that would be beneficial to the students for using in the classroom hands-free.
So they're going to want to use the app and still be able to write or to type or to see the board while they're doing something on their iPad or with an app. And these stands can be very helpful to bring from class to class, lightweight. They come apart, go in a backpack. So just keep things like this in mind. And I'll mention them as we're going through some of the apps this afternoon. So the first app that I'm recommending, and you do have this, hopefully you have this handout. It is a list of the apps that I'm going over this afternoon, as well as several others that I won't get to. It's either the PDF that's online on the course website. Again, I'll go over that at the end and how to access it. If you don't have it in front of you, you will have it. It is a digital PDF with a link to all of the apps in the App Store, as well as a picture of the app or a picture of the app's icon and a description of the app. And you will have access to this particular handout to use as you need to throughout the course and afterwards.
And again, it is about 11 pages. It might be longer than that now. I've added to it. And so we'll get to some of the apps this afternoon and others that are on the list. Feel free to check out or ask me questions about it in the discussion forum after the webinar and throughout the week. Now, you can see, I have folders of apps, hundreds of apps on my iPad. So the way that I get to the apps quickly to show you the ones that I want to talk about is to swipe down from the screen, the middle of the screen, and it brings up that search feature. So if you have several apps on your iPad that may or may not be in folders, and you want to get to one more quickly, you can also use the search feature by swiping down on your screen. And the first ones that are on the handout are Dropbox and Google Drive. The one that I'll show you is Google Drive. I do use Dropbox as well. I use both of these professionally. Educators and students typically are using Google Drive, but Dropbox is also an option, especially those who are using VoiceOver. Sometimes the VoiceOver is more compatible with Dropbox than Google Drive, but I know Google Drive has made significant improvements for accessibility as well. Google Drive is used in many, many schools, especially those in Google. But overall, the idea of Google Drive and Dropbox is what's called cloud storage.
And so cloud storage, sometimes that cloud is a mystery to people. Cloud storage allows you to save everything that you typically would in your documents. So if you are used to saving a Word document or a PDF or Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint in your document or on your desktop, you can also save them to Drive or Dropbox. The difference is they are there, available from any device at any location, so you won't lose them. So if you save your documents in drive, you're able to open up Google Drive on your iPad or open up Google Drive on a laptop or desktop at school or at home, while the student is doing homework, or for your personally, you can open your Drive at home, if you're grading papers, and get any of the documents that you have saved. You don't have to carry one device around with you and have all of those documents on one device. You can access them from anywhere. So they're backed up, so if you have a laptop that gets a virus or your iPad breaks or you drop it, you haven't lost all of your work and your students don't lose their work. It's also a great way for students to organize papers, handouts, projects by class. They can color-code folders. And teachers and students can share documents back and forth quickly with just the click of a button.
We're going to get into Google Drive a little bit more in next week's webinar, but the importance of having Google Drive on your iPad is certainly to save documents from teachers, educators, workplace, what have you. You want to save worksheets, handouts, and so forth in Google Drive, and then you're able to open them in the apps that I'm going to show you and do something with them. So I'm going to tap on Google Drive and open up my drive, and as an example I'm going to use the little magnifying glass to search for a worksheet that I have in here that's a PDF called Main Idea. I have several copies of this worksheet because I use it often for training. So you can see now, this is just an example of a PDF worksheet, maybe a teacher has shared with a student. And you want to be able to do something with this worksheet. You want the student to be able to use some accessibility features or apps to complete this worksheet and hand it in to the teacher on their iPad. The way you can do that, the little eye in the top right-hand corner of the screen when you open this up, if you tap on that little eye, it brings up these options. You can see this little menu to the right-hand side. And you're going to tap on the one that says, "Open in." It's right underneath, the little square with the white little line going to the corner, and it says, "Open in." And when you tap on "Open in," you're going to have the option in the bottom right-hand corner to open in, one more time, you're going to tap "Open in" twice.
And now you see a list of the apps that I have on my iPad are here, and these are the apps that I could pull this worksheet into to do something with it. The one that I'm going to choose first is called iAnnotate PDF. It's the second one. It's that little I and little A in the script for cursive. iAnnotate PDF. When I tap on there, it now opens this worksheet in the app, iAnnotate PDF that I have on my iPad. Now, with iAnnotate, you have several options on the toolbar on the right-hand side. There's quite a few on there. The most used icons or tools are there on my toolbar to the right-hand side, and I can add more.
One of the first features on the right-hand side, in the middle, it looks like a little pencil tip. And if you tap on Pencil, you see that little toolbar at the top there, you can change, and if I tap on that black square, I can change the color of my ink: blue ink, black ink, red ink. Some teachers like to use this app for grading or for adding comments to students' work, and teachers... Students rather can use it to complete their worksheets. You can see the second slider down there is the thickness of my line. So I'm going to be writing on this with a stylus, like the one that I showed you, the utensil or tool to write on the iPad. But even though the tip of my stylus is fat, I can make the line very thin that I'm writing with, so it doesn't need to be a thick line, or it can be.
Change the color and the thickness, and then you can hand-write. I'm handwriting on that first box. It is not going to be neat because I do have my iPad at a funny angle here on my stand. You can hand-write. If this was a Math worksheet, you could certainly be doing Math as well. If you make a mistake, to the top-right, there is the eraser. And now I'm swiping on the screen the section that I want to erase, so I can get rid of the mistakes. There's the option to highlight, so maybe I just want to highlight important information. Again, I could tap on there and change the highlight color. And now I could highlight just by swiping my stylus or my finger over the particular portion that I want to highlight. The ABC is the underline button. Again, make it any color you want. Underline information that's important. And the T, of course, is for typing. You can change the text size as well as the style, if you need to use Times New Roman, Arial, et cetera. And then you can begin typing by tapping where you want to type. S
o I just put Name, for example, in the name section. Now, something that's really wonderful that you can do as far as accessibility when you type, there are a few options. First of all, the onscreen keyboard is available, so you can type. When the onscreen keyboard is available with the iPad 3 or newer, you have the microphone at the bottom left, to the left of your space bar. This is built-in voice recognition, speech to text. So a student who has a difficult time with spelling or grammar, fine motor, physical disability, can speak their answers into their worksheets by tapping on that microphone. Speak my words. And then tap again when you're done, and you can see it put my words right into that worksheet. No training involved. It gets better with time, the more that they use this built-in voice recognition. It's also available on the iPhone after 4s. If you're looking for a particular model, 4s or newer has the microphone available on the phone.
So many of you may already be using this particular feature to speak text messages, email, papers, notes, and certainly students can be using it to complete worksheets. Another great option with the built-in keyboard is built-in word prediction. But there are other options now for adaptive onscreen keyboard. So typically, before, you were only able to use this built-in onscreen keyboard or you can use an external Bluetooth keyboard, meaning, you don't have to tap on the screen. You could use a typical keyboard that connects via Bluetooth wirelessly to the iPad. That is also an option. You can use an external keyboard if you need that tactile input, if you need a large print keyboard or a large contrast keyboard that's external. You can certainly connect that and be typing with that. You don't have to use the onscreen keyboard. But for someone who does benefit from the onscreen keyboard and perhaps need the features such as word prediction or high contrast, there are apps that you can download for adaptive keyboard, onscreen keyboard. You would go into the App Store and you would download an app like Keedogo Plus or Keeble. That is on your handout.
Once you've downloaded it, you're going to enable that keyboard in your settings, which I'll show you how to do afterwards. And then once you've enabled that keyboard in your settings, you're going to be able to pull up that keyboard in any website, worksheet. Any time that this keyboard pulls up, you'll be able to use that adaptive keyboard or additional keyboards. The way to do that is that little globe icon that is next to the microphone. At the bottom of the screen, the bottom of the keyboard, to the left of the microphone, that little globe icon. If I tap on there, it changes at first to the emoji keyboard. Then I'll just tap it again and it brings up this keyboard. So you can see, it has high contrast, color-coded vowels, word prediction at the top. And you may only choose to have one adaptive keyboard such as Keeble or Keedogo Plus or Read&Write. I'm going to go through a few of them. You may only choose to have one or two, and then when you tap on the globe, it will go back to the typical keyboard. I have about seven downloaded online. Oh, I hear some feedback from someone else. Perhaps someone just joined and needs to be muted. Thank you. So I'll just tap on the globe again to get to another keyboard as an example. This is just white keyboard.
Many of you may be fans of white. And you literally just do that. You just swipe from one letter to the next without lifting your finger off of the keyboard. So even for someone who may have a difficult time lifting their fingers off of the keys, you can swipe from letter to letter. So, for example, if I'm tapping my keyboard, you should be able to follow where my fingers are going. So you can see that word prediction holds up as well as the ability to swipe between letters. And this can certainly speed up typing for someone who may have a difficult time lifting their finger off the keyboard. If I tap on the next keyboard, this is the Read&Write keyboard. This is from the makers Texthelp. And you can choose to have word prediction and a few other options such as dictionary and picture dictionary. You can change the theme. If I tap the globe again, you can see the option for the color-coded, maybe for younger users. If you tap on the globe here, we can get to... Oops, I have to go into settings on that one. I'll have to go around again.
I don't want to waste too much time, but you can change the settings in the Keedogo and Keeble keyboards for changing the predictive words or words that are predicted, from one to 10, or to unlimited. You can make it larger and smaller. You can change to black and white keyboard or color keyboard, QWERTY to alphabetical. You have many options on those particular keyboards that you can customize for students. But we'll move on to this one as well, the big keys keyboard. You can see that this has separated chunks of the letters into different groups. So, for example, if I wanted to type A, I could tap on that group and now now I can tap the letter A or W or E. It makes it larger for me to see, and I can choose what letter I want. If I tap on another section, it becomes large, and then I can tap on the letter that I need. So from different options for adaptive keyboards, and now we're back to the typical onscreen keyboard.
So while a student is filling in this worksheet, they can use their voice, they can use word prediction from another keyboard, they could use a tactile keyboard, or any different options for them to be able to complete this worksheet. On the right-hand side, a few other tools underneath the highlighter. There's the sticky notes. There's the little printer button. You can print information from the iPad or iOS device. Your iPad needs to be on the same WiFi network as the printer, whether you're at school or at home, and then you'll be able to print from it. I do it all the time. So they can print off this worksheet to hand in. If that's not an option, they can email it. If you tap on the little envelope, you would email the annotated so that the annotation, meaning what you highlighted or wrote or typed on the paper will also go to the teacher or person who's receiving it. If you just choose annotated, that means someone on the other end could also add annotations.
So, again, sometimes English teachers and other teachers also choose to have this app on their iOS device, and they like to make corrections, comments, et cetera, and send it back to the students. If you email the flattened, that means that it's going to go along with the annotations and it can't be changed on the other end, and comments can be made to the final copy. When this worksheet is emailed to someone, it's emailed as a typical PDF. So if you're opening it on a laptop or any other device, you don't have to have iAnnotate to read it. It does open as a typical PDF. Many individuals use these in business. So, for example, if I'm on the road at a conference or for whatever reason, somebody sends me a form that I need to fill out, I have my iPad, I fill it out and I annotate, I email it back to them. No need to print, no need to scan any of those things.
They have all the annotations So it's a very helpful app. There are a couple of other apps to annotate PDF. There's quite a few of course available in the App Store. These are just a few of them, to give you an idea. This is iAnnotate PDF. A couple other options that you may choose for your students, one of them is called Claro PDF. I'm going to go back to Drive and start from there. We'll open up that same worksheet but we'll open it in Claro. So "Open in," "Open in" again, and we'll choose Claro PDF. And some differences with Claro PDF... Oh, I do have to turn up the volume just a little bit because some of these apps are with the built-in Speech. I'm going to turn up so you can hear. You're going to hear a little bit of feedback and echo, but I want you to hear that it does read it out loud. [Claro Speech] Main Idea, Directions.
- [Diana] So the difference with Claro PDF as opposed to iAnnotate is that the student or individual needs the worksheet read out loud to them as well. This one will read it out loud to them. The toolbar looks just a little bit different. So I tapped on the pencil at the top, and you can see my toolbar is at the top for this particular app. You can still choose the pencil to hand-write, choose the thickness, the color, et cetera. And you would be able to hand-write, and the eraser is there as well. In the settings for Claro PDF, if I tap on it here and go into settings, you can change the speaking rate. Right now it's at 150 words per minute. You can slow it down, speed it up. You can change the voice name. So maybe they want to choose a different voice.
Right now it's on Samantha. Background color, speaking rate, et cetera. So quite a few options. There's also the options for choosing the highlight color and many other things that you can do with this particular app. And of course, you can send it out through email and so forth as well. So if you also want the option to have the worksheet or handout read out loud, then Claro PDF is a nice option for completing the worksheet. And again, remember, if you choose Type in any of these worksheets, when you tap to begin typing, you can use the onscreen keyboard, an external tactile keyboard, a large print keyboard, or any of those other keyboard apps that I went through. If you need word prediction, high contrast, larger text, et cetera. And the microphone for voice recognition or speech detect to be able to speak your words into that document. And the last one that I wanted to show you, again, there's just a few of these PDF annotation apps. "Open in," "Open in" again. And this one is PDF Expert. Just again, to show you your options. Some people prefer one over the other. The toolbar is on the left-hand side. Let me type into it. It gives you the hint for what you need to do. You can change the color, et cetera, or the type. And you have, you know, very similar options to the other apps that I showed you. You can see the toolbar is just set up a little bit differently here. All great options, depending on what the features are that your student needs for completing worksheets or handouts. So iAnnotate PDF, Claro PDF, PDF Expert, all of them on the handout. And again, I'm just going to pause to see if there's any questions about the particular apps I've shown thus far. And my iPad is reflecting on the screen. I can't see the chat. I would have to stop sharing my screen to see the chat.
- [Luis] I think people are just sharing a few other options that they've tried, Diana.
- [Diana] Great.
- [Luis] PaperPort Notes.
- [Diana] Yes.
- [Luis] Snap Type. I also suggested to explain everything because you can import a PDF and then record yourself annotating and put it out as a video, which is great for feedback. So I don't see any questions right now. I think it's just some suggestions of other apps.
- [Diana] Wonderful. I love the sharing, and feel free to share in the discussion board this week as well. So those are great options. I love Snap Type as well, especially for handwritten worksheets, everything is phenomenal, or completing projects, as you mentioned. So thank you for sharing all of those with each other. The next app that I want to show you is called Voice Dream Reader. And before I show you the app, I want to speak about a program that you can use with this particular app called Bookshare. So I'm going to Bookshare.org, and I just want to make quick points about Bookshare, if you're not familiar. If you are familiar and you've used it in the past and it was frustrating, it's come a long way.
Much more advanced, efficient, quick, to get books very quickly to students in the same day that you sign up. Bookshare is free for all schools, from K through 12, as well as individuals with a print disability. So you can see here, free for you as students, and if schools were to sign up as an organization, which I highly encourage all schools to do, you sign up very quickly and easily for free, and it takes just a couple of minutes to fill out a form about the information of your school, and then you'll get started adding teachers as sponsors to download books for students, and you'll add students as members to download books for your students, or for students to also download books for themselves with an individual account. So the school can have an organizational account for free and students and adults with a print disability who are in education, K through 12, or post-secondary, can have an individual membership for free as well. And this is to access textbooks such as those large textbooks in the classroom: Math, Science, Reading, Social Studies, all of those books that they're using large textbooks for classrooms, as well as chapter books, novels, things for pleasure reading, research, reading, book reports, so many books available in the library.
You can see it's well over 350,000 titles and they continue to add to their library every day. Your students who qualify for Bookshare are those with a print disability, so that includes your students who are blind or low vision, they can't see the text, the students with learning disabilities such as specific LD, dyslexia, or reading several grade levels below their peers, struggling with fluency and decoding, students who have a physical disability and can't turn the pages of a book, cortical visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, all of those things. Qualified students can use Bookshare for free, so if you aren't using it, I'm sure you have students that you have in mind that you could be using it for currently. When you have Bookshare, you download the book and through Bookshare, if you were using it on a laptop or a desktop of any kind of a computer, there's free software through the same organization and website to download to read the books out loud.
So you can certainly do it that way. Today we're doing it on the iPad. So if you have a Bookshare account, you can connect it to the app I'm going to show you in order to have the books read out loud and many other accessibility features that I'm going to show you. So once you have a Bookshare account, you have one for your student, and your student has one for themselves, you can use the app called Voice Dream Reader. Now, again, if you've used Bookshare previously, there is another app that also accesses Bookshare books put out by Bookshare called Read2Go, Read and the number two and Go. That is also a great app to use to access Bookshare books. So if you want to look at pictures and grab, the difference is with Read2Go, there's only two voices available. You do have the option to increase text size and highlight et cetera some of the other things. But you only have access to Bookshare books. Voice Dream Reader gives you access to Bookshare books, but it also gives you access to documents, PDF, worksheets, handouts, and other things that you also need to use accessibility features for students. And it's half the price.
So it's the reason why I recommend Voice Dream Reader if you have a student that wants to access Bookshare books. So you can see the icon at the top of my screen, Voice Dream, and it's called Voice Dream Reader in the App Store. When you tap on Voice Dream, it does open up to your bookshelf, and you can see on my bookshelf, I have books that I've downloaded from Bookshare: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Introduction in Medical Terminology, Transition Mathematics, et cetera, The Outsiders, Harry Potter. And then I also have a Word document and a PDF. So I'll show you what those look like. And those I pulled in from my Google Drive and Dropbox. So the first thing you do when you're in Voice Dream Reader... Whoops, go back to my bookshelf.
Hopefully, you're able to see it. It looks like on my screen that the tools on the bottom are hidden a little by my toolbar here. But on the right-hand side on the bottom, it looks like a little gear icon. And that's just how you get into your settings. And you can see here that you can connect your Google Drive or Dropbox account. You will just tap on it, put in the same email and password that you use for Google Drive on any device, the same one. And at the very bottom here, Evernote, if you have Evernote users, you can connect to that. And the last one says Bookshare. So you would put in your email and password for your Bookshare account, and then you're going to be connected to Bookshare and be able to download the books into this particular app. You will only have to connect to your account the first time, and then you're forever connected. You don't have to do it every time. But you do need to do it the first time in order to access either your Drive or your Dropbox or your Bookshare. Once you're connected, on the bottom left hand side is a little plus sign. Add something to my bookshelf. And we tap on the plus sign. A list appears, and of course, I could choose my Google Drive and pull in any of the Word documents or PDFs from there.
I could use Dropbox, and on the very last one, I could choose Bookshare. Gutenberg is another one that's there that's also a great resource for copyright-free books, if you want to access any from Gutenberg. So you would tap on Bookshare. You can search for a book by the title, or popular, latest, school grade, et cetera. When you hit Search, you can see that you can download any of the books that are available here by tapping Download. And when you've hit Download, it's going to bring you to your student list, if you're an educator. If you're a student, it tells you to begin downloading it. It just takes a matter of seconds and then it's on your bookshelf, in just a matter of seconds. So if a student gets to a classroom and the teacher passes out a new book, they didn't know ahead of time, they need to have access to it on their iPad, then can go through the download process very quickly and easily, or a teacher could put it on to the iPad for a student as well very quickly, in just a couple of seconds.
Once you have the book on the iPad, you can certainly open up the book. It was both black and gray at this point, with smaller text. I've changed the accessibility settings several times throughout training a number of students. And so yours will look black and gray, if you're following along. There is a free version of the app, and it won't look like my screen, but you could make it look like mine. Some of the options in the top right, what looks like a little speaker, these are your speech options, so you can change the speech rate, faster or slower, so if you wanted to slow down the speed or speed it up. There are voices available. It comes with the header for free, and then if you choose to you can see that there are several voices that you can add by tapping on Add Voices. There are English voices, voices with accents from other countries, child voices, adult voices. And the great thing about this particular app is that it lets you play a sample before you buy it.
So they're anywhere from $1.99 to 4.99, but you can play a sample before you buy it. You can really see if that's the voice that you or the student can listen to for a long time. The more expensive voices which are 4.99 are the higher quality nicer sounding natural speaking voices, so they don't sound synthesized or robotic. And it is just that one-time fee. Once you've bought that voice, you have it forever, unlimited books, unlimited documents to read. It's a one-time fee that you would pay for that particular voice. And a new one was just released, I haven't downloaded yet, called Sharon. It's supposed to be really great for an English voice. I will have to download that one and check it out. I currently have Sally chosen on mine. In the text settings, there are really so many things that you can do with the text in Voice Dream Reader that I love. So I've tapped on the big A and little A on the top right-hand corner there. And you can see that I have many text options that I can change.
I can change the spoken word, the spoken line, so I can have those highlighted. Underline visible. Right now, all of the lines are visible. I can choose to just have five lines or three lines or one line, which can be very helpful, similar to what you're using probably in those little plastic viewers for students, if they're reading in a typical textbook. Font style can be changed. And what's great about Voice Dream Reader is you have the option for Dyslexie or any other big fonts. As you can see, as I'm tapping them, they're changing, as well as the OpenDyslexic. If you're not familiar with the Dyslexie font or OpenDyslexic, that is a font that was created by an individual who has dyslexia. It has the heavier weighted top and bottom of the letters. And for some individuals with dyslexia, it's shown to improve reading comprehension, fluency, and speed. I do have a significant amount of students and adults that I work with who have chosen this font, and the students in school have shown that their reading performance have improved and they enjoy reading better with this particular font.
It doesn't help everyone, but it's wonderful that you can change the text of any book or worksheet or handout to this particular font, if you do have a student who responds positively to it. And you have the other text styles that they would want to choose that are available in this list. Text size, so the books will then probably be at a smaller size around here. You can see, you can increase the text size up to 90 points. So for your students who have low vision, there's no need to continue to enlarge those pages with a scanner. You can have the large print, if you have a student with low vision and respond well to this particular text size or just a larger font size, they can change their fonts, again, of their books, their worksheets, their handouts that they might fill in, et cetera. So you increase the text size. Now, there's also the option for character spacing. So it's set to default, no spaces between characters and lines. And then I just hit the plus sign a couple of times on the character spacing. You see the difference on the line spacing. You see the difference.
This can really spread the text out and make it easier for students to read, especially those who might have a hard time jumping around, going from the last, the end of one sentence to the beginning of another. You can change the side margins. And at the bottom, there are the color themes. You could choose light. You could choose dark. And you can choose custom. And with custom, you can see the spoken word color that I have chosen is yellow. The spoken line color is blue. You see that on the screen as well. If I tap on any of these squares, I can move that little dot to any color I want. I can move the slider underneath to light or darker back color, and then set, and then that would be my chosen color. The highlight color, what color my highlights are going to be, very important information. I'll show you how to do that. Text color is black. Background color is green. A lot of times, students really like to have a background color other than white for the contrast. And you can change that again to whatever color you prefer. This is also a great way, if you change to black. The background color is black, for example. And the text color to yellow or white. You can choose or create rather the high contrast that many students may prefer as well. Put this back. You can preview settings and set it to green and black text again. And now, it does have the text to speech. Again, you're going to hear a little bit of an echo, but I want you to hear as I play it that you can have the words spoken out loud.
- [Voice Dream Reader] Ornithopter is just a big word for mechanical bird. That's how he talked, like right out of a dictionary. So smart you can hardly believe it.
- [Diana] So, there wouldn't be an echo on your end, of course, and really it's nice text to speech that's available with nicer sounding voices. On the bottom left-hand corner, there is the option for searching by chapter, as well as bookmarks or highlights, if you create any. That's going to be very helpful to get back to bookmarks, which is the top right-hand corner, that little icon. And highlights that you create. As you're highlighting important information, you can go right back at highlighted content. Comprehension questions, studying for a test. The bottom right-hand corner is the little magnifying glass, and this is a search feature. Again, you're searching for getting back to a particular part of the book. Maybe it's because you need to reread something or important comprehension question you need to answer. So just by typing the word "wings" for example and hit Search, all the places with the word "wings" pops up, and I can get right back to that part on this particular page. Let's see if the word "bird" is anywhere else in the book. There we go.
So there's several places where a bird is mentioned, and we could get back to that particular part of the book. Underneath the bottom left symbol, the dots and the line, it says 19 of 192. That's what page I'm on. If I tap on there, I can go to whatever page that I need to be on. It does sync with the pages of the textbook, so it is listed. The page numbers are listed after the copyright criteria message at the beginning, which is nice. And then pressing and holding on the screen, just pressing and holding my finger on the screen, you see this toolbar appears. I have a few different options here. I can define the word. If I'm not familiar, I can get a definition. I could search the Web further for that particular word. Pressing and holding on the screen, I can move these blue dots and choose the word "highlight," which is in that toolbar above. And that's the highlight color that I chose when I was in my settings. I can change that to any color I want: yellow, purple, what have you.
And I can also choose to add a sticky note, so if I need to remember this or for comprehension questions or to go back to later, and you can have those sticky notes read out loud. These sticky notes are great for studying. They're great because they don't fall off on the backpack, so a student opens the book and they're able to get back to those sticky notes. A lot of educators will help set these sticky notes with the students while they're working with them one on one, so when a student goes home to read, they're stopping at those sticky notes with those such as what just happened, what do you think is going to happen next, has this ever happened to you. Those great cognitive skills that you're working with students, and those are great prompts for them to stop and reflect. So I tap on my home button. I'll just show you the example of a Word document that I pulled in from my Google Docs or my Google Drive rather or my Dropbox. This is just a typical Word document. It would look like this. As they pull it in, they would be able to have it read out loud to them, and they can also tap the pencil button. And this is going to change it to an editable document. So, again, they can change and just type into it, speak into it, save it, et cetera. And if I tap my home button one more time back to my bookshelf, I'll tap on a PDF.
This is an example of what a PDF looks like. So you can have it look like a typical worksheet or handout with the pictures, the different themes that they can have it read out loud. I might have to turn the volume up, but I don't want to cause that echo sound for you again. But know that you can have them read out loud. Or right-swipe on the screen and get rid of the formatting if you wanted to just have the plain text for that PDF, and right-swipe on the screen to put it back to the typical view as well. So, it still doesn't even get into all of the features of Voice Dream Reader, because there's still quite a few that I want to show you with the time that we have left, but a lot of the features in Voice Dream Reader for students to access worksheets, handouts, books, with that accessible text, whether it's large print, high contrast, text to speech, et cetera. And I am going to move on to more apps, but I'll pause briefly just to ask again if there's any questions out there yet. All right. I think we're good to move on.
I'm not going in order, if you do have the handout in front of you, just because I want to touch upon some of the really important apps that I want to get to, and we can definitely continue to discuss other apps in the discussion board throughout the week. Another app that I want to show is called Notability. Notability looks like a little half-pencil, half-microphone. This is a wonderful app to support students taking notes independently. So on the left-hand side, you see my folders. You can create folders for each class by tapping on the plus sign and create the subject. So now I can create a new subject. And you can see, I have my folder at the bottom there. I've just created that folder very quickly and easily. If I tap Edit, I can edit my folder. By the little gear icon to the right, I could change the name, I can change the color, so I can color-code my folders, especially if I'm doing so with my classes or my binders. I could password-protect it. And I can delete it. When that class is done, I'm able to delete that particular class. And of course I can move them in the order that I need to for my classes, if I have the same schedule every day. I know I'm in a folder, when I tap on it, I tapped on Social Studies, it says Social Studies at the top. If I tap on PTD, I'm in my PTD folder.
And it says PTD at the top. And now I want to take a new note in my PTD folder. I'm going to tap on the pencil on the top right. And you see I have a brand-new sheet of note paper here. What I typically do to start is I tap on the wrench to the top right, and I choose my paper. This is really great. I can put a little color behind it for contrast. I can choose lines, smaller lines or biger lines as I need it. I can choose graph paper if I'm in Math class. And then I can start the audio recording, the little microphone at the top right-hand corner. I can record as I'm taking notes. So fo your students who have a difficult time processing and paying attention and taking notes at the same time, they're going to have an audio recording of this to go back to, to add to their notes, to find out what they missed. They don't have to write everything down that was said. They don't have to spell everything correctly. The pencil is available to change the color as well as the thickness of the line, so they can hand-write their notes.
Again, if it's Math class, if they were graphing and they had graph paper up, they can be graphing along. There is an eraser if they make a mistake. Very quick and easy to erase a mistake. The highlighter, this is important, they need to remember it. Maybe the teacher says something like photosynthesis. They don't know how to spell it, but they're going to go back to it later. And text support, if they want to type text, they could type text wherever they begin. And you have full editing privileges there to change the size, font, et cetera. The plus sign at the top right is really neat. You can take a photo or bring in a photo that you've already taken. So if you take a photo of the homework on the board or the teacher puts up a graphic organizer about Greek mythology and they don't want to copy all that, take a picture and pull it in from these notes. You can take a photo immediately, maybe about a lab, or you can pull in a photo your already have on your iPad. Here we go. So even if it was a picture of a worksheet or a handout, they could make this larger. They could write on top of it, for example. They could fill it in if they needed to type it. They can pull in clips and pictures from the Web. So we could go to Google Images and pull an image, for example. There's really lots that they can do with Notability.
And then, of course, the most important, if we stop the recording and want to play it, I'm going to tap on different parts of my note here, so you can hear it. I'm going to have to turn up the volume a little too. So it is reading the text and going back over the note that was said at that particular time. So even if there were five pages of notes, for example, they could go right to page five to that part of that note and have that where they left them. And the notes can be emailed, saved in Google Drive, shared, et cetera, saved in iTunes for the recording. There's really a lot available for students to do with that particular note-taking app. I'm going to show two more real quick and then take any questions.
We'll just talk a little bit about the online course itself. Better Vision is an excellent app for your students who may be low vision. There's also VisionAssist and a few others that are really great. Essentially it turns your iPad into a magnifier and a possible CCTV, if you're using one of those iPad apps that I told you about. So if you have this app on the iPad, they can certainly choose magnification. And you could magnify... This is a handout, for example. You can magnify it by using the slider. You can pause it so that you can move that around at the magnification. And the palette allows you to change high contrast, and you can change what that particular color is in your settings. You can choose black on yellow, for example, yellow on black so the similar settings that they would use as a CCTV but using the iPad app, Better Vision. And VisionAssist is also another great one. Tools 4 Students and Tools 4 Students 2, each have 25 graphic organizers. Tools 4 Students 2 has 25 more. And you can create your own.
So for example, Main Idea, again, for the typical graphic organizers that you're students are using to organize thoughts and so forth before they write a paper. Tap anywhere in here, use the keyboard or accessibility features that we spoke of, and then you can email this, print it out, save it as a PDF, or get it to Google Drive, et cetera. And there are also some great brainstorming apps to write with, word banks for sentences. There's really a great amount of apps on the particular handout that I gave you, for Math support, every type of Math, from elementary school, preschool, all the way through high school. And apps for writing support, behavioral support, graphic organizers, augmented communication. So I do have to pause quickly, just to show you, I wanted to show you, for those of you who are taking the course through Center of Technology and Disability, it's wonderful that they are offering this course. We will be having two more webinars. We'll be talking online on the discussion board. And you do have activities to complete.
So if you go to the CTD website and see upcoming and in-demand courses, if you haven't been there yet, hopefully you have, but there's my course there. You'll log in, and you'll be able to... I thought I was logged in. Maybe I got kicked out there. But you do want to go to the different activities and resources. There are video resources on there for you. There's the iOS accessibility resource. And there are places for you to answer discussion questions or ask me any questions throughout the week. And there are places for you to add your activities that you're going to be doing throughout the week with the apps. And if you have any questions on any of the apps that I showed or was not able to show, please feel free to put them there, and I will also answer any questions that you have currently, if there's any in the chat box right now.
I'm just going to stop sharing my screen so you're not going to see my iPad screen any longer, so I can check out. Okay, great. So most of you have found the handout. There's a link to it on the right-hand side of the screen, but it's definitely online, available for you under Resources, and under the particular activity and lesson of the week. So whether it's week one or week two or week three, you'll be able to find the handout and materials there. Nancy, I have the grayed out dialog boxes as download files, but I can't do that. All right, all right. We'll check with the administration to find out what their position is for that question, Nancy. It is CTD who's running that website, so I'll find out what happens if a particular option is grayed out. And Patty doesn't have that either.
Okay, we'll make sure that you are fully registered for the course and that you're able to download those materials. I have those questions recorded so we'll make sure we ask the administration in regards to your access to those files. We'll make sure you get them. Oh, and Anns Maria put up a nice link for us to the course, the e-learning course. Thank you. And if there are no other questions, then... And there you go. Anna Maria. If you can't download those materials, please send Anna Maria an email. And there's her email address there: email@example.com. So for any of you who are not able to download the file, please email Anna Maria. If you post that question to me in the discussion forum, I'll make sure they get that as well. Patty found it. Awesome. Excellent to hear. Thank you for joining us this afternoon, and I will see you on the discussion board this week. I look forward to the conversations, questions, and activities. And I will also see you next week for the next live webinar. Thank you for attending.
- [Voiceover] To ask across the curriculum, week two, for those of you who are joining us for this second week and second webinar of the online module, "Apps Across The Curriculum", supporting all learners, and this particular webinar is going to be supporting all learners with Chrome apps and extensions. Last week we talked about iOS apps for the iPad, and iOS devices, and this week we're going to be focusing on the Chrome browser and Chrome apps and extensions. For those of you who may be joining us new this week, welcome, I am Diana Petschauer. I am a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, and founder of the company, Assistive Technology for Education.
My consultants and I do travel throughout New England, as well as nationally, and provide the assistive technology evaluations and assessments, as well as training. We also provide large professional development workshops and trainings and webinars, similar to this one, live hands-on, and we do provide the follow-up services that's needed for students to access college input secondary, as well as adults to access employment. And so what I wanted to start with is just a quick jump over to CTD, Center on Technology and Disability, this is their website. Hopefully, most of you are familiar, if you registered for the webinar, and wanted to remind you that this is part of a three week online module, online course.
It is free, but it does offer CEUs if you complete the course. It is not too late to register if you are attending today. You are watching the second webinar. The first one was recorded and it's posted. There is a discussion board with a couple of questions, and a place to discuss apps further with the group, and then an activity to implement some of what you're learning. So if you are interested in that, attendees who complete all course requirements on time by September 6, and it's not a lot if you need to catch up. If you complete all three webinars, modules, and activity slides by September 6, you will automatically be issued a CEU by RESNA in PDF format. CTD will be sending out a one-time list, and for those of you who may want to complete the course in your own time, so you don't feel rushed, you are absolutely welcome to do that. You will be contacting RESNA to request the corresponding CEU after you complete it, and we will be posting that information from Melissa Campbell at RESNA. Her email and phone number will be posted.
However, there will be a 16 dollar fee, so considering the course is free, still very reasonable if you want to complete it in your own time, and pay the 16 dollars for the CEU, otherwise it will be free if you are interested in completing the online module by September 6, so please feel free to check out the website. Participate and join afterwards if you are not already signed up, and if you're interested in doing so, and then we get to chat even further all week about any questions you might have, and other apps and extensions that I'm not able to show. So this week, we are going Google, and what I want to share with you, and it is a link on the right-hand side of your screen. I'm sharing my screen right now, so what you see should be my screen, and there's also on the right-hand side, a link to this Google Doc. You can click on that link, and hopefully it will bring you to this Google Doc. This will be set to saved automatically in your Google Drive. We'll talk about that if you're not familiar. You can print this. You'll be able to save it as a Word document later if you prefer, but this is what we're going to be using for today's training, and will be available to you to save in your Drive, or to have after the training and webinar concludes, so that you can refer back to it.
At the top is my contact information, so feel free to follow-up at any time. Certainly connect with A.T. for Education on Twitter and Facebook. If you're interested in a lot of great, awesome assistive technology posts, and upcoming trainings and webinars, is that certainly we talk about all things assistive technology for all abilities and disabilities on there. Feel free to connect, and you see that URL right here: "http:/" If you type this or copy and paste this into your URL above here, where my mouse is, like you're going to that site, if you copy and paste it in there, you'll get to a copy of this Google Doc as well. So whichever you prefer, the link on the right-hand side of the page, or copy and paste this link, and you will be able, or you can certainly just type it above in your URL as well. Keep looking at my screen if you don't have the document in front of you.
I'll wait a minute for any of you who might be doing that. Just take this address here, in the blue, "http://bit.ly," and the rest of it, type it right into your URL, and you will get to this Google Doc. The second thing you need to know, in case you are not familiar at all, you will need the Chrome browser, in order to use these apps and extensions. It is free, you can download it. If you have the Google Doc open, there are some hyperlinks for you to click on right there, so that you can download the Chrome browser. And if you're not familiar, the Chrome Browser, on the bottom of my screen here, where my mouse is, looks like a little circle with red, green, and yellow, and blue in the middle. Some people call it a "beach ball." So you do need the Chrome browser in order for these apps and extensions to work. They will not work in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc. These are specifically Chrome apps and extensions that work in the Chrome browser, so if you'd like to follow along today, or use them in the future, you will want to download that browser.
Now downloading the apps and extensions that we're going to talk about, you're going to do that from the Chrome Web Store. So you can see the top of my page, I have many tabs opened. My Google Drive we'll be talking about, Twitter and Pinterest boards, my website, CTD. When we click on this new tab icon all the way to the right, where my mouse is hovered, or if you just start the Chrome browser for the first time, you're going to see, up in the top left-hand corner, this little icon. I'm hovered over it, and it says "Apps." It's a little square of mini squares, some people call it a waffle, and if you are using a Chromebook, it may be located in a different part of your screen, but this is the icon that you're looking for. The squares may also be black, so the right side of your screen over here as I move my mouse, and it also says "Google Apps." I like to use the one in the top left because it brings me to all of my apps, which I am going to show you.
So once you've downloaded the Chrome browser, this icon will be available. Home screen when you open up a new window, and you want to click on that little square of squares, or that little waffle of squares. This now, brings me to my main page of several apps. You will not have all these downloaded yet, though you may end up downloading them by the end of the training, or later, as you were trying them out yourself. But the app, or app, that you will always see available for you to use, are the Web Store, Google Drive, Gmail, and the applications such as Google Doc and Google Sheet. So you will be able to come here by clicking on that little square of square that says "App," and then you're going to come to this icon here, I'm hovered over it with my mouse again. It looks like that little beach ball in a beach bag, and when you hover over it, it says, "Web Store." It also says "Web Store" underneath it, but with my background, it's difficult to see it, it's hidden in the tree. So that is the Web Store, it is just like Web Store, if you're using another i-device, like an iPad, but this is the Web Store for Chrome apps and extensions. This is where you're going to download the apps and extensions that we're talking about today. When you click on Web Store, you'll see now we're opened in the Web Store.
To the left-hand side is that search feature up in that top left, and you can search for the apps and extensions that I'm showing today. You may want to watch first, and then decide if it's something you'll use. You may decide to download them after the training and play with them, and I do encourage you to come back to this Web Store to search for apps and extensions that you may want to use with your students. My list I built is a phenomenal one that you may end up using with your students, but it's certainly not exhaustive, and these are just some of the apps and extensions that you may find, and you may end up finding some of your own that you prefer or that your students prefer. So you do want to search by feature or subject such as "text to speech", "mind mapping and brainstorming," "math," "biology," things of that nature. You want to search for the feature or the subject that your students are studying, or the tools and support that they need.
So the first extension that I'm going to search for, and Ive typed it into that search in the top left of the Web Store, is called, "Extensity." And when I hit "Enter," you can see now a list of extensions as an option, and it is the top one that I'm recommending. It looks like a little yin yang. I already have this downloaded. Extensions don't show up on the main page of apps, where we were previously. Extensions show up as little symbols to the right-hand side of your browser. So I'm moving my mouse up there now, and hovering over this little yin yang symbol, and it says "Extensity." And the Google Doc points out this tip: "Before you do anything else, download this extension." You may or may not choose to do this. I'm going to click on the extension icon, this is free. Many of the apps and extensions I'm showing you today are free. Now I just clicked on Extensity, and you can see it bring down this nice list. This is the list of the apps and extensions that I have downloaded. By clicking on them, it enabled them, or turns them on. If I click on them again, it turns them off, or disables them. This is excellent if you end up downloading several apps and extensions. You can see my list is extensive. The apps are at the bottom there, and you can also launch apps from Extensity.
We'll be going over many of these today, this afternoon. So this is the way that you can turn on or off, very quickly and easily, any of these extensions that you want to use. The reason why this is helpful, several reasons, you can see as I start to enable them, all of these nice symbols showing up to the right of my browser. I'll be able to click on them to use them. Extensions do take up memory, and slow down your computer, so if you are on a laptop or desktop, or even a tablet, and you're using these Chrome apps and extensions, you most likely will only need to use one or two at a time, maybe three or four collaboratively, but you certainly won't need all of the apps and extensions running at one time. If they start to act glitchy, you certainly want to try and refresh, that's the ultimate tip offered in the Google Doc, and you want to try turning off one or two of the apps or extensions that you're not using. So I'm going to enable and disable some of these extensions as we are going over them today, so that I'm not taking up too much memory at one time, and also it's important as you download extensions, download one at a time, and use one at a time. Then open up another one, and use the second one in collaboration with the first one, if you're looking to see if they play nicely together.
Most of the time these apps and extensions do work well together, but there certainly have been some glitches caused by one or two being open at the same time, especially if they do similar things. So if they start acting glitchy, try and refresh, and if that doesn't work, you definitely want to try closing one or two apps or extensions, and only having a couple open at one time. So I'm going to make sure that I have the first few that I want to show to you, according to our Google Doc here, and the others I'll just disable for the time being, but we will be going through most of them. So some people want to know what is the difference between apps and extensions, and how are these different from extensions that you would use, or apps rather, how are these different from apps you would use on the iPad, or an iOS device? So last week, we talked about apps on the iOS devices. Again, these are Chrome apps and extensions. We're getting them from the Chrome Web Store, in the Chrome browser. These apps and extensions, these additional educational apps and extensions that we are getting from from this Web Store work on any Mac or PC, and laptop or desktop computer. They work on tablets, such as Android tablets, like the Nexus tablets, Windows, Dell tablets, for example.
They also work on Chromebooks of course. Many schools are getting Chromebooks and enjoying Google, so these extensions certainly work on Chromebook with these apps. The apps that will work on the iPad are only the Google Drive and Google Docs, and those types of word processing apps from Google. Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, the equivalent of things would be like Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, etc. Google Drive is available on every device always, including the iPad, but these additional apps education through the Chrome Web Store cannot be used on the iPad, or the iOS devices. That's what we did last week, we worked with those last week. This week, we're working with the Chrome app and extensions, and I'd like to say everything but the iPad, because just about everything but the iPad these work on, to support your students in all environments. So the great thing about these apps and extensions is that they follow the student's login.
That means when they log in to their Google account, your student should have a Google account if your school is using Google for education, most times your IP sets them up with an email and Google accounts, and you might have one as an educator as well. When you or your student sign in with your Google account, and you download these apps and extensions, they are now linked to your account, or linked to your student's account. That means if you log off this laptop, or desktop, or tablet, and you go home and log in on your own computer, or your student goes home to do homework and logs in on their own computer, these apps and extensions are already going to be downloaded and waiting for them to use. They don't need to do it again, there's no software to install, just all of them. It will follow them if they log in to their Google account at a local library, or at a friend's house, or a relative's house.
These apps and extensions follow them, which is really nice. So they have these supports at school, as well as other environments, just by logging in and downloading these apps and extensions once. And for you as well, as educators, if you end up using these apps and extensions, they will follow your Google sign-in as well. As we go through the webinar, please feel free to use the chat at the bottom of your screen, I believe it is for you, and type in any question that you have along the way. I'll be pausing periodically, and administration will be reading your questions out loud to me, so if you do have any questions about anything that I'm showing you today, feel free to type some right into that chat, and I'll try to answer as many as possible, and if you are attending the course, of course you can post any questions throughout the week on the discussion board, and we can go over it then as well.
- [Voiceover] Diana?
- [Voiceover] Yes.
- [Voiceover] Yes, there is a question that's in the chat, and I think you may have covered this, but Cheryl Gann is asking, "Should we be on Chrome in order to participate today?" And I think she's talking about the app that you're covering.
- [Voiceover] Yes, absolutely, thank you. So I will clarify at the beginning of the Google Doc. You can access that link to the right side of the screen, and it does show here that you do need to have the Chrome browser in order to download and use these apps and extensions. So you can either click on the right-hand side to get that Google Doc, which is what I have opened now. If you can't get it from the link, you can type the blue URL link, "h-t-t-p" etcetera into your browser at the top there, your URL browser. So you type that in and click "Enter," and you'll get to this Google Doc as well, and then there is some hyperlinks just below that for you to click on to download the Chrome browser.
It is free, it's just another browser to access the internet but it is the browser that has the Web Store. So these apps and extensions will not work in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etcetera, these will only work in the Chrome browser. Thank you for that for that question. So we're moving along, we learned how to get to the Chrome Web Store, and to download some of the apps and extensions. Now the difference between apps and extensions, as I mentioned, when you download apps, if you click on the icon in the top left again, that little squared square, this is where your apps will show up. If you have many of them like I do, there's a little arrow to the right hand side, and you can see you can go through several pages of apps. You can move them just by clicking and holding and moving those apps if you want to categorize them or move them together. And apps work as a standalone. If I click on one of these apps, which I'll be demonstrating many of them today, they do their own thing.
They're an app, they work on their own. The extensions, that are those little symbols to the right-hand side of my browser, my mouse is hovering over some of them now, these extensions are an extension of your browser, or the internet, meaning these are going to affect the internet website that you're on, and we're going to go over that. You're going to see how that affects the internet websites as you're researching, or as your students are researching. And the first thing that we're going to do is go over our list of extensions. I'm going to demonstrate several of them to you. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, it's just a list to get started with, and you'll be able to search the Web Store and download any apps and extensions yourself for free, and try them, and it is worth free because you can delete them if you don't like them.
For those of you who are using Chromebook, you know that Chromebook, you can not download software, you cannot put software on them, so if you have students who are currently using literacy software, or other software to support them for things such as text-to-speech, voice recognition, etcetera, you can't download software on a Chromebook, but you can download these apps and extensions to support them with similar features, and that's what we're going to discuss today. So we're on the Google Doc, and we're going to go through these extensions first, and then the app, and again, as we go through, feel free to type in questions down into the chat, and I'll pause along the way to try and answer the majority of the questions this afternoon. So we're going to start. What I am doing is I'm going to a website. You can feel free, if you are following along. Keep that app store open in one window, so if you go to your waffle icon, or the little square squares, and you click on the beach ball in the beach bag that says "Web Store."
You want to keep this Web Store open in one window, so that way, as I am mentioning apps and extensions that you may like, and want to download, you type them right in here in your search, and when that extension pops up, such as "Read and Write", which we're going to go over next, you hit "Enter," and now options are here. The extensions I'm going to show you first is called "Read and Write for Google," it looks like this little purple puzzle piece. If you do not have it and you want it, your little button should say "Add To Chrome" with the plus button, and you're going to click on that plus button and add it, and you'll have it. As you start to use it, which I'm going to show you how, you're going to have some messages pop up on your screen asking you to accept and allow access. You need to click "Accept and allow access," or these apps and extensions won't work. So if you received those messages along the way, click "Accept." If you already have it downloaded, you'll see a little icon that says "Rate It," so feel free to rate any of the apps and extensions that you like, very similar to other app stores.
So keep this Web Store open, which you can search for these apps and extensions as we go along, if you choose. They are already listed on the doc, so if you feel like going ahead, so hopefully you'll still be paying attention to what we're doing, you can download some of these as you go along as well. In a new tab, if you click to open a new tab, you just want to navigate to a website that you want to read about, with some information. You can feel free to go to our website, "atfored.com," a-t-f-o-r-e-d dot com. You can go to CTD course website if you'd like. I'm opening up a website about Aristotle. I like this, I just Googled the word "Aristotle," the second one or third one down. I like this website because it has a lot of text to be read, and so it works well to show and demonstrate these apps and extensions in this particular website. Feel free to go here as well, if you'd like to. You can see the URL at the top of the page. Well we want to make sure that we have "Read and Write for Google" enabled, we do, so let's do a refresh here. There we go.
So once you downloaded "Read and Write for Google," it shows up as this little purple puzzle piece in your URL bar, my mouse is hovered over it, at the top of the page, it's right next to your star for "Favorite." "Read and Write for Google," when you click on this purple puzzle piece, it's a comprehensive toolbar that will work on the internet, as well as in Google Docs, and PDF that your students have saved in their Google Drive. So we're going to talk about Google Drive a little bit more as we go along as well. You can see that I can move this toolbar. I'm just clicking and dragging it on the page, from the top of that grey section there, and there's several tools that are available in this toolbar. The first is "text-to-speech". There's two ways to use text-to-speech, while the student's researching on the internet. They have the information read out loud to them.
The first icon, that looks like a little mouse over a speech bubble, is "hover speech." When I click on there, I can hover over where I want to begin reading, if I don't have select any text and it will begin the text-to-speech. There might be a bit a group of an echo, I'm going to turn the volume up a little bit, so that you can hear the text-to-speech from the "Read and Write for Google." It is a very nice, pleasant-sounding voice, and I'm going to click "hover speech," and hover where I want to begin reading. So if there's an echo, it's only because of the webinar, I'm going to turn down my volume again. If you're using it on your own, or trying it, you won't hear the echo, of course. So that's "hover speech." There's also the option, you can see the play button, pause button, just like a typical DVD player. There's the option to just highlight the text with the mouse and then hit the play button, if that's preferred. A pause and the stop buttons are there. If you have downloaded this and you're trying it yourself, and you have the male voice, there is a much nicer-sounding, pleasant female voice by going into your settings, click "OK" real quick.
So to the right side of the toolbar, looks like a little gear icon, my mouse is hovered over it, and when you click on there, it does bring your settings up, and if you want the nice, pleasant, natural-sounding voice that is Eva, you can choose, and you can see there's also many other voices for students to try, including those with accents, or from other countries. It's currently on medium speed. You can slow it down to "Slow" or "Very Slow" or even speed it up to "Fast." Continuous reading means you won't have to continue highlighting the text, it will just continue reading what's on the page. And one word translation is available for all your students around the internet to these languages, so if your student is an ESL or ESOL learner, English language learner, or if they are learning a new language and speak English, this can be very helpful as they're researching and get to a word they're not familiar with, and have it translated. When you're done choosing your settings, click "OK," and that box disappears. So while your students are researching using this extension that allows text-to-speech to have the information read out loud to them. There's also the dictionary feature, so if I highlight a word I'm not familiar with, I'm highlighting the top right, the word "philosophy" with my mouse, and then go back to my toolbar, and this little book icon is a dictionary.
So if I click on "Dictionary", I can get the definition, and if I click on this definition, I can have it read out loud to me. So very handy that they don't have to go to "dictionary.com," if they get to a word they're not familiar with, they can just click on "Dictionary" and close that out and of course, listen to that definition out loud if they need to. There is also a picture dictionary, so if they need some additional picture support from the picture library, I'm going to highlight that same word "philosophy," and now click on the picture dictionary icon, it's right next to the dictionary icon in the toolbar, and you can see, there will icons for philosophy. So if this is helpful for your students to have a visual of the words that they're looking up as well, that's an option. This little globe with the magnifying glass icon, I'm hovered over now, is called "Fact Finder." So as a cross-referencing tool for your student get to a word they're not familiar with, such as "Athens," I just highlighted, and then they want to find something out about Athens, and cross-reference because there's no knowledge of Athens.
Before they continue reading about this particular page of Aristotle, they want to find out about, a little bit more about Athens, so they highlight the word "Athens," and now they click on "Fact Finder," and it simply brings them to information about Athens, and now they have the Aristotle page, and the Athens information to research. The icon with the two arrows, that is the translator button, so if you end up you need to have the one word translated at a time to the language that you chose while you were in your setting. And these highlighters are phenomenal. This is definitely an universal design technology and tool, it is being used in many schools, K through 12, as well as school secondary, supporting all learners, but certainly they're there to support your struggling learners as they need it. The highlighters are great examples of this.
As students are researching on the website, typically, they're going to be looking at the page, writing down important information, looking at the website again, writing down important information, and for many students, that's a very time-consuming task. For students who have difficulties writing down important information, fine motor writing difficulties, struggling with writing, it may be hard for them to write the information, but if they can use these highlighters, they can highlight the important information, just like they would typically do with a regular highlighter on a worksheet or a page or a book, but they're highlighting the information on the website, instead of having to write it down. Now they could just use one color if that's the way they're studying, but these colored highlighters are offered in different colors for categorizing, so for example, if they're doing a country project, maybe they want to separate clothing from food from geography, etcetera, so they can use different colors.
Likewise, different teachers who are using this tool to teach, use the highlighters for different parts of speech, and things like that. After the student has taken highlights, and what's great about these highlighters is after you've gone through the entire website and collected those highlighted, important information that the student wants to use perhaps for writing the paper, or doing a report, you can then collect these highlights. So my mouse is hovered over the "Collect Highlights" icon, so we are going to collect the highlights, you can order them by color or by the position in the document that you took them, or that you colored, and then click "OK," and what this does is it takes all of this highlighted information, all the highlights that we took on that website, and as you can see, it pulls it into a new Google Doc.
So now they have all of those important highlights collected in one place, and what's wonderful at the bottom, you see, it saved the link to the website, Aristotle, so a lot of times students are researching, they collect important information, and then they forget what website they were on to get back to, so this saves that website for them to get right back to that particular website page. So we have our highlights in a Google Doc, some of your options in this Google Doc, you will have the toolbar, the read and write toolbar, and just a little overview of Google Docs in general, it is your option to use as a word processor, that works along with Google Drive. What's neat about Google Docs is this automatically saves in the student's Google Drive. So typically if they're using Microsoft Office document, most times they're using "File", "Save As", and having to save to their document. These Google Docs automatically save to the student's drive, so that saves a lot of time.
In the top left where it says "Highlight on Title," I'm just going to click there, and this is where you rename a document, you can also click on "File," "Rename," but you can click right here to rename the document. So I would name this "Aristotle," for example, and you do want to encourage your students to name documents especially if they're taking highlights or creating new documents. They want to name them immediately because they do save automatically to the drive, and they don't want to have a lot of untitled documents that they have to go through and find. So the Google Doc itself is able to be shared with the "Share" button to the top right-hand corner, you can make it private, you can share it with individuals and have them edit it, you can share with individuals and have them view only, meaning they can read it, but they can't change it. This is a great collaboration tool for teachers to share documents with one student or several students at a time. This is also a great way for students to share work immediately with their teachers without having to email it. It's going to show up the educator's Gmail, or Google Drive, rather. So if a student shares a document with you, and you're an educator, it goes right to your Drive, so you're able to find it and score it, offer feedback.
The other great thing about Google Docs is that more than one person can be working on a Google Doc at a time, and everyone sees the changes real-time. So if you've never used Google Docs, or your students have not used Google Docs before, it looks a lot like Microsoft Office Word, or any other word processing program they might be used to using. They can change the text size, and the color, and bold, and italicize, and all the things they're typically used to doing, but if they're working on a paper or project with a friend, or a group, they can all be typing at the same time, and they're going to see their changes imemediately. Also, a great way for you use educators to collaborate with other educators and meeting, you see those changes real-time. Students can work with each other from different homes, their different locations, and all contribute. So another great thing about the Google Docs as I mentioned, is it saves automatically to a student's Google Drive.
I'm just clicking on my Google Drive. For those of you who this may be new to, and you're not familiar, if you open a new tab, or a new window in the Google Chrome browser, and you click on that little square of square again that says "App" in the top left-hand corner. As I mentioned, one of these apps that will always be available here for you is your Google Drive. I'm hovered over it, it's in my top right. It may be located somewhere else on your page You can click and drag to move it where you want it to, So you can always get to your Google Drive very quickly and easily, from the Apps icon, and when a student's in Google Drive, some really great features of Google Drive, again. This saves all of their documents, whether it's a Google Doc, a PDF, a spreadsheet, PowerPoint. They can create folders, some example folders where my mouse is. I have "Language", "Arts", and it's purple "Math" and it's red, "Science" and it's green. So they can create a folder for every subject, very quickly and easily, just click on "New," and "Folder," or this is also how they can click on new Google Doc, if they wanted to start a new Google Doc, a Google Spreadsheet, Google Slides is their version of PowerPoint, but it's a Google Slides presentation.
They can upload, so you or students already have hundreds of documents, five documents saved on your computer, and you want to now have them in your Google Drive, or upload them as a Word document, and so you can start a new folder, color code it, and then when you are sharing documents with your students, whether it's math, science, social studies, etcetera, they can save those documents right in those folders, and they can also create a new folder very quickly and easily. You can do "New Folder," name it, and it saves in their Google Drive. This is a really, really great way for students to be more organized, especially those who lose a lot homework in their backpacks, or tend to come to school with things crumpled up, or it gets lost in their desk. By saving everything on Google Drive, and clicking it into folders, you're avoiding a lot of that hassle for those students, and helping them to be organized, and they're, of course, becoming independent as organizers for themselves.
So we took some highlights and exported to a Google Doc, and I'm just going to delete or move this Google Doc to the trasher right now cause we're going to go back to the website where we review things. The extension, "Read and Write for Google." So they've taken highlights on the internet website. If they want to get rid of these highlights, you can re-highlight with your mouse, and sweep away the highlights. So we just deleted the highlights, we were highlighting on this internet website with the color coded highlighters. We exported all those highlights into a nice Google Doc, and saved it in our Drive automatically, and by re-highlighting with my mouse, and clicking on the broom, "Clear Highlights," it cleared away those highlights, and now we have that blank website again. Another great tool is this vocabulary tool, and now this will work again whether you're in an internet website in Chrome, or if you're in a Google Doc, and I'm going to demonstrate these tools in a Google Doc afterwards.
We're just finishing up on the website, and so with the vocabulary tool, the student can highlight words that may be a vocabulary word that their educator or teacher has chosen for them. So I'm just highlighting the word "medicine," and using the yellow highlighter. Maybe the teacher instructed them to find words that they're not familiar with, and they can certainly highlight the words that they're not familiar with just by highlighting with their mouse, clicking on a color highlighter, we'll do one more, we'll do "family." So there's a word that they're not familiar with, and they want it to become part of their vocabulary that they're learning that goes along with the lesson or curriculum, so you can highlight the words here. Similarly, if we were in a Google Doc, and the teacher or you as an educator shared with your students a list of vocabulary words that you wanted them to define, they can simply use the highlighter to define, to highlight each of the word.
So we highlighted the vocabulary words which the student may not be familiar with, and now we click on this vocabulary tool. And again, this vocabulary tool brings all of those highlighted words into a new Google Doc, and it's going to pop up in just a minute. It's creating that vocabulary list in a nice table format. Here we go, untitled and it's loading. So it took those words that we highlighted, those vocabulary words from the internet, and then puts it into a nice table format I'm going to use my Extensity to turn off a few more extensions just to make sure that is not the reason behind it, hopefully not. We'll just open them as I show them to you. So we have the word that we highlighted, a meaning or definition, a symbol if there's one in the symbol library, as you can see, and then a notes section, and it's in a nice, table format. It is editable, so of course this is a very long definition we can delete, or we could add to it, type right in here, and those sections, you can put it into a sentence.
Some educators like to rename this section, and put it as synonyms, for example, and have the students put synonyms in here. You can think of many different ways. This is a typical table, so if you right click on the end of it, you can insert rows to the left or the right, if you wanted to make it a bigger table, and add some more options for an activity. So now they have this nice vocabulary list with the words, the definitions, and symbol, and they can share this with each other. They can do this as a group, independently, or if you're doing it together as a class, maybe you'll project it on your SMART Board or your whiteboard, you can now use that blue share button in the top right-hand corner, and share it with all of your students. And again, as I mentioned, with every Google Doc, you want to make sure in the top left that you are making sure to name your documents, so maybe this is "Vocabulary List, Aristotle," from the left that you were teaching, and now it automatically saves in your Drive, and when the students review it as a shared document, they can save it in their Drive. If the student was creating this, of course it's going to save automatically in their Google Drive, and they can file it into any folder as they created for organization.
So all these tools work with in Google Drive, and Google Docs, if your students are using that, or begin to use that. Move this one to the trash, and go back to our website, and once again, I'm just going to highlight those words, complete them away, I click the highlight. And the last icon on this toolbar when you're working on the internet is called "Simplify Page." The "Simplify Page" button is excellent especially if your student is researching on a website where there's videos playing, or ads trying to sell something. Most websites they go to now, unfortunately when they're researching, unless you have an educational filter, which is nice, but if you don't, when they're researching at home or at school, those annoying videos pop off the ads and it's very distracting for the student to concentrate on what they're trying to research. So the simplify button, if there's a website where that happens, or if they just want less distraction, and then a simplified environment for reading, the simplify button now takes that particular website, and brings them into a new page with the simplified text. So it's the same text that was on the website, as you can see, the website is still open in the tab right next to it. This is the simplified version.
They can still have it let it read out loud to them, it can still highlight important information. They can choose to simplify it even more. And to the right is an option for contrast, so you could use to increase the contrast white on black, blue on yellow, yellow on blue, etcetera, or continue to have it as black and white, so that can be very helpful as well. Actually, not only students with learning disabilities, but also students with no vision or visual impairments, cortical visual impairment, and other types of instances where they may want a high contrast, or the inverted color for reading that information, that can be done through the simplify button, which is really nice. So we're going to close out of that tab, and by clicking on that purple puzzle piece, that toolbar disappears, so if I click on the purple puzzle piece, it appears, and if I click on it again, it disappears. Some students only need to bolt down that toolbar as they need it, it doesn't have to be there, if they don't want it to be there. Now as I mentioned, the tool can also be used in Google Docs. I'm just going to click on my apps again. That left squared square, and you can see Google Docs is also an app that you can use to immediately get to your Google Docs page, and start a new Google Doc if you want to.
We do have to get rid of this little toolbar here to start a new Google Doc. So we're in a new Google Doc. The purple puzzle piece is above, and I click on that, and now this toolbar pull down, in order to use with Google Docs. As you can see, a lot of the same features are available at the top. The text-to-speech, the dictionary, the picture dictionary. So if you as an educator or professional are sharing documents with your students, and they need to have that read out loud, worksheets, handouts, things that you're creating, if they need that information read out loud to them, share it with them as a Google Doc, and now that text-to-speech is available. The highlighters are there if they want to highlight important information. There are a couple additional tools for supporting the writing process when you're in a Google Doc, that are on the toolbar. So the additional writing features to the top left, is a little, what's called "Prediction Globe." Some people think it looks like a head.
It says "Prediction" when I hover over with my mouse. I'm going to click there, and now this blocks the pure, and while I'm typing, you can see that it's predicting what I may be trying to type, and this word prediction predicts phonetically and contextually. So phonetically, as I type the first couple of letters, what I may be trying to spell and having a difficult time with, it's populating. Contextually, as a student or individual starts typing about one particular topic, more words about that topic are going to populate, and become available on the spot. If they're still not sure what they want, they can simply hover over it with their mouse to hear it out loud, and it does read the word out loud to them, the same voice that you heard on the internet, and then they can click on that word when they hear the one they want, and put it into their documents, the other option is they can hit "control" and the number that is next to that particular word, and that will also put it in the document. So if they prefer to use the shortcut keys, they can do that.
So very nice to have word prediction available for students to help support their writing, especially those who may be slower typers, or struggle with grammar or spelling. And then the other option available is the speech-to-text, the built-in voice recognition to allow students to type using their voice. So we are using the speech input tool on the toolbar, in Read and Write for Google in a Google Doc. It is the icon that looks like a little microphone headset. It's built-in, no training is needed, you just click on the headset, if you can listen to your voice, and typing what you say. If you click on it, you see a red dot up here. Now I can speak my words, and it will type what I am saying. So you can see that it just put the sentence that I said onto the screen, there's no need to train it ahead of time, it begins working immediately. It does work with the built-in microphone, but I do highly recommend, with any voice recognition, even if it's free or built-in, that you use a good noise-canceling headset because it does cancel out ambience noise, and it does allow for more accuracy and efficiency when a student or an individual is speaking, so it makes less mistakes and it's less frustrating. So for your students who would benefit from word prediction, or speech-to-text voice recognition, this is a great option for them to be able to use as a toolbar.
So again, this is all part of Read and Write for Google, that purple puzzle piece, and I'll show you one more thing before we take questions and move on to the other extensions and apps. Clicking on my little app icon, square squared, I'm going to my drive, and then I'm going to pull up a PDF because this does also work with PDF, so if you have worksheets that are already a PDF, for example, that you have students complete or your students receive a PDF worksheet in their Google Drive from a teacher, and they want to be able to use these tools for going in the worksheet. You can see that the toolbar up here is at the top, this is just an example of a worksheet. If I click on the "T", I can begin typing. I can delete what's there, and I can type something new. I can listen to this out loud before I put it in my document, so I can make sure that's what I want there. There is text-to-speech, so I can certainly listen to the directions and the information on this PDF worksheet. I can hear it out loud, it's the same voice again that you heard on the internet, and I can also create highlights. It looks a little bit differently, but if I highlight text, this little mini box of tools appear, and I can highlight the text, and something extra, these little annotations. So I can leave pushpin notes wherever I want to, so I can type and save it.
Now that pushpin annotation is there, and when I go back to click on any of those pushpins, you can see that we can get to the notes. If you have PDFs that are not OCR, Optical Character Recognition, that are not acceptable, there is an additional app that you get for free using Read and Write for Google called "Snapverter." It is on the list under your Apps section, it's on your Google Doc under the Apps section, which is further down as we get through it, and it does allow you to use mobile devices to take a picture of a worksheet, and use with this toolbar. So if you're worried about that, you do have the option for a tool that will do the OCR, Optical Character Recognition, and make your PDF accessible. So moving on to some of our other extensions. Just so you're aware, there is a description of Read and Write for Google in your Google Doc that we're using today. This is the copy of the Google Doc that you have a link to. You are going to have this saved in your Google Drive, and has the document for you to use after the training workshop, and again, this webinar is being recorded for your use afterwards as well as you need it. So there is a description here of the Read and Write for Google. So it is something that students can have for 30 days for free.
If they don't continue with this subscription after 30 days, the text-to-speech with highlighting always stays free, so even if you just need a really high quality, natural-sounding voice for text-to-speech for Google Doc and the internet, with highlighting, this is a wonderful option, even to try to use those other support. Eductaors or professionals can have a free subscription to this Read and Write for Google toolbar, unlimited, the link is there for you to register as an educator or staff member. Any staff member of a school, related therapist, etcetera, that has a school email will be able to register and have this extension to use unlimited. Again, on the internet, in the Google Doc, or PDF. So you have the option there, and you have those links available on your Google Doc. So now I'm going to go over some of the other extensions that are on the Google Doc before we move into the apps. Again, both extensions and apps are gotten from that same place, that Chrome Web Store, that we learned at the beginning.
If you click on your little icon of task, the square of squares, and you go to the Web Store, the little beach ball in the beach bag, this is where you can search for those apps and extensions, and hit that plus sign to add them to your list. The read and write subscription, I forgot to mention, if students decide to have it after 30 days, or schools decide to purchase it, it's 99 dollars a year per student, which is about $2.50 a week, so not only has schools been using it for students, they can get group rates, they can get school-wide licenses, but parents can also afford it for students, and college students are using this can afford this for themselves, if it's something that they need. I'm going to close out this Google Doc, and what I'm going to do is go back to that Aristotle website, and with my Extensity, I'm pulling up my list of other extensions, and I'm now going to disable Read and Write for Google, and I click on that, and it's greyed out, and I'm going open up the next one on our list, and the two next ones on our list are "Readability" and "Clearly." They both work very similarly.
If you don't have Read and Write for Google, and you liked that "Simplify" button to have information from a website in a nice, clean reading environment, these two extensions are free, in fact the remainder apps and extensions, well a couple of them are subscription-based, but most of these apps and extensions are free. So Readability and Clearly are both free, and so they're similar, as I mentioned, they do offer a clean reading environment. Clearly, which is this little icon that looks like a desk lamp, it's now to the top right, I just enabled it by clicking on it, it's this little desk lamp, and it does sync with Evernote, so if you have students who are already using Evernote, Clearly includes Evernote which is free, so I hit this little desk lamp now. What it does, actually I might have to use it in a different website, there we go. So now if I click on the Clearly button, I'm going to refresh because I didn't refresh when I pulled up, I'm pulling up the, Clearly, there we go. So I just clicked on the little Clearly desk lamp, and you can see it takes the website information, and again, pulls it into a nice, clean, reading atmosphere away from videos and other distractions. You can change what the text looks like, and you can choose large or small text, which is nice.
You can have that information read out loud, and you see that little Evernote, or elephant icon, icon here, you can click this to Evernote, and the icon at the top there, the little arrow, brings you right back to the web page that you were on. Readability, that's the same thing. Again, they're both free. Readability has similar options, and feeds to Kindle, so if you have students that would want to feed that to their Kindle, if they're already using one, you might choose that one instead of Clearly. So again, when you were searching for apps and extensions, you're searching for features that your students need, and you want to look for the one that might be the best for them to use. It does look like we lost connectivity, so make sure we get connected again so that you can hear what I'm saying. Hopefully. Oh boy. That connection, there we go. Technology is always wonderful when it works, and tonight, it is challenging us. So Clearly, as I mentioned, the little desk lamp icon, nice, clean, reading interface, and syncs from Evernote, and if you choose Readability, very similar features, and syncs to a Kindle. So you want to look for the one that your student would like to use. Another extension on the list is "Select and Speak."
And I'm going to move some of these, through some of these very quickly just because of time, but you'll have this list to refer back to. "Select and Speak" is another option for free text-to-speech while you're on the internet, so if you're looking to try other text-to-speech options, when you're in the Web Store, just put that in as the feature that you're looking for, "text-to-speech", and you will be able to try out other text-to-speech options, including "Select and Speak". The one after that is "High Contrast." Again, I am using my Extensity to enable these extensions as we're using them, so it has not had them all running at the same time, and usually this goes very smoothly, so I'm sure it's just internet connection this evening, and we are going to click on "High Contrast," and it's a little black and white circle, and it says "High Contrast," and now you can see that icon at the top right of my screen. It looks like a moon, half-white, half-black, and when you click on "High Contrast," and enable it by clicking "Enable," you can see now that you have similar options to a CDTV. You can go from normal to increased, grayscale, inverted, and again many other options that a student with a CDTV might be using, but this is just with a free extension, and so if they don't need the CDTV necessarily to do the research, they can have the high contrast right here by using this extension, and of course this could be used with the built-in magnification, "Ctrl +" if you need to magnify the text as well, and that extension is free. It is on your list, it's called "High Contrast."
And I'm going to pause for a minute, just to find out if there are any questions from the audience that needs to be answered before I continue on with these extensions. I saw that there was a question that came up in the chat, hopefully the administrators can read them to me if there's anything there, otherwise I will continue on, and answer more at the end. Okay, so I'm going to continue then with the extensions on the list, "Wolfram Alpha." If you haven't heard of that, again it's on your Google Doc, and it is wonderful for accessing information, it's like an online encyclopedia, and basically, you can type in any question. Wolfram Alpha can be also be accessed just by their website, on the internet, but this is their Chrome extension. In terms of what the icon looks like, it's in my top right, and with Wolfram Alpha, you can ask anything about science, or math, or any topic really, any topic. Why is the sky blue? And you're going to get that information.
If you type in something that has to do with Algebra, for example, like an algebraic equation, so we'll do this one, and then it'd be equal, and now you can see it's going to pull up all the information about this particular algebraic expression that I just typed into it, for five x, we did lose connection, so hopefully we're getting reconnected quickly, as Wolfram Alpha is graphing and solving and bringing up information about the equation I just typed in. Okay, you can see that I typed in "2x + 5x," and with Wolfram, it brings you into a separate page with information on that particular math problem. You can type in questions about any topic or subject, and you can research several questions that are already on here, but it's really good, like having an online encyclopedia, and better, for any topic or subject that they might be studying or using. Now we're going to go to my Extensity, and turn off my Wolfram Alpha.
And again, I've done several trainings on all these apps and extensions that you can imagine, I've, countless times, and they typically run well together, so I'm sure that this evening's difficulties are probably the internet connection on my end of this storming here, that could be part of it, so I apologize, but if you try out these apps and extensions, they should work smoothly for you, and "Grammarly" is another excellent one. So "Grammarly Spell Checker," and "Grammar." Of grammar support and spelling while they're typing. You may have heard of "Ginger Talk" before, there is a "Ginger" extension as well. I've tried both, and this one is "Grammarly." I really prefer "Grammarly," I found it to be more efficient and easier to use as far as corrections, but again, they're both free, so you can try them out yourself, or your students can. Really, really great, as far as offering grammar and spellcheck while you are typing anywhere in the Chrome browser, so that includes Gmail, when students are instructors or professors or teachers, when they are online, many applications for work are now online.
The majority of applications for work are online. The resumes are online. They're filling out forms for college applications, or just forms online, or other purposes, even social purposes, and the grammar and spellcheck work on all those environments. It's really wonderful and robust. So check that out. I do encourage them to use it on Facebook and other things as they're already using social media, it's going to help make corrections, and certainly if you're using it to stay in touch with friends, they'll find more applications to use grammar support while they're typing, emailing, filling out forms online, etcetera, and that would be "Grammarly" extension, it is all for free. The next one on the list, "One Tab" and "Session Buddy," the next two on the list, these are similar and also excellent, and both free. I've clicked on "Session Buddy" first. This is one that I use professionally almost daily as well, but very often, and students could find helpful.
There are several out there like it, it just happens to be the one I like, called "Session Buddy." It is free. With "Session Buddy," it keeps track of all the tabs that you have open, so if your students are studying a particular topic, and they have all these windows open, and now it's time to switch classes, they have to shut down, they have to go to another computer, and they want to know how to get back to all those tabs they had open, or what they were researching, even if they have to shut down and go home. When they get back onto their home computer, they can click on "Session Buddy" before they shut down, hit "Space," and now they're going to name this session, and click "OK." Maybe they'll put the date. I typically put the date as well. So we'll put "8/24" here, and now on the left hand side here, you can see my CTD session saved, and if I click on that, so if I shut down, all my windows go away, I get home, I open up the Chrome browser, I click on my "Session Buddy" icon to the top right, and now I can go over here to the left, click on my CTD session, and I can get back to any of these nodes that I have open.
It is an option in Chrome, in your setting, to open back up to the last place you left off, but many students and educators don't know how to do that, so "Session Buddy" is a phenomenal option. I also like the way that you can save the sessions, and get back to several, so maybe you can open it back up to where you left off, but maybe you can get back to sessions you saved previously that you wanted to go back to, so I really like having the "Session Buddy," and going to my Extensity to turn "Session Buddy" off. And another that is also similar and free is "One Tab." Again, if you click on "One Tab," what this does is you see it takes all those tabs, and literally puts them into one, and your list is still there, and you can save it. And this also saves the, because the more tabs you have open, the slower it goes. So "One Tab." "Session Buddy," both excellent to have, both free, and great to use. Actually probably going to keep "One Tab" open, and use it throughout the rest of the session, maybe we'll see a bit health to keep some of the glitches from happening, you never know. So the next one we're going to pull up is "1-click-timer."
So "1-click-timer," this little icon here, my mouse is hovered over it, the top part again. Nice visual and audio timer, very large, set it for one or two minutes all the way up to 60 minutes, and that little, counting down from two minutes, total sounds is a very nice one when it play in two minutes, it will pop up on the screen, and it will notify us that our time is up. So great for a student to, you have two minutes, and then you're moving on to the next thing, etcetera. Did we start it? Here we go. So you can use "1-click-timer" as a big, old timer, and hope I mentioned in the list, if you checkout, it doesn't look like it's counting down, it is important to realize in order to use these Chrome apps and extensions, you do need to be connected to the internet, and you do need to have good connection to the internet, or it can be glitchy, so we're learning a good lesson this evening.
So your students will certainly be able to use as an extension, if your school has good connection to the internet, whether you're hardwired, or WiFi, and if your students have access to the internet at home, or at a local library, they will be able to use these apps and extensions for homework, and for use for any other purposes, and they can also go to a public restaurant where there's public WiFi, the apps and extensions will work, but you do need to have access to the internet, in order to use these Chrome apps and extensions. So check out the timers, there's one click timers, there's progress bar timers. Also on the list, "Diigo," for annotating, bookmarking, sharing web pages, it's phenomenal, if you haven't used "Diigo" before, d-i-i-g-o, one of the extensions on the list is called, oops, I lost my Extensity list. There we go. Just a reminder, you need to have good connection to use these apps and extensions. And what we were talking about, so "Awesome Screenshot" does, keep these in alphabetical order, which is nice, in Extensity. "Awesome Screenshot Capture," and I'm trying to move quickly to get to apps, but I'm just going to say, you definitely want to check this out if it's something you and your students can use. It's "Control V," and "Control C," and just a few shortcut keys that you learn, and it takes a screenshot of the web page, and then you can annotate it.
You can circle, you can type into it, so whether you're filling something in, or you're using it, you can save it to your Drive, you can share it, you can print it out, it's really, really neat, so check out that "Awesome Screenshot." And now we're going to move on to our apps. So I'm going to go to my main page of apps, and again, apps show up here when you click on that little icon, square squared, and then you get to your apps on your main page. Several for you to check out on this list, the "Number Line," really neat. So the "Number Line" provides an interactive, visual number line for students to work with. You can change the value, so it's in ones, you can change it to two, five, 10, 25, and 100s, you can count by one, fives, or 10s, for example. Clear that away. You can also start by doing math problems, perhaps start at six, add six more, you get to 12, it's really neat, a little interactive number line there that you can use, and that is an app, and that is free. Another app on the list, and just going to jump around a little bit, you can feel free to go to any of them on the list yourself afterward, I just want to get to a few of the great ones. "To Do List."
Another great thing about using this Google Doc that I provided for you, all of these apps and extensions not only are listed, but there is a, there's a hyperlink to get to them in the App Store, so if you can't find it in the App Store, just click on that link, it's going to bring you right to that app in the App Store for you to download. So this is "To Do List." I really like "To Do List," it's very simple. There's other options, as I mentioned, you might find a better one, but this is a really great way to check that up, a quick and easy to do list. Maybe you're using it, maybe your student's using it, and I like that you can set up more than one, and have them side by side. This is really great for time management. You can see today's to do, this week, and this month, very quick and easy. If I wanted to add to today's for example, I'd in this little area here, and I'm just going to put "Map 2" for time purposes. So we have "Map 2," "Enter," it's now here. I can move it as far as priorities on my list.
I can move it the top, I can check it off when I'm down with it, I can "X" it off of my list if I need to, I can do this week, I can do, what is today's homework? What's coming up this week for projects and papers? What about this month and after school, what will I need to do? To create a new list, you just put it in at the top, in your list, hit "Create," and boom, you're good to go, there's your new list. All these apps and extensions work with the student's login, and so these places are going to be waiting for them when they get home to do their homework. Now there are really great brainstorming and mind mapping apps that I want to point out. There's four or five on the list, check them out, because they all do something slightly different, but they're all wonderful. There's also apps for planners, and scheduling, and reminders, for homework with your grade, but I'm going to show you some of the mind mapping and brainstorming.
One of them is "Connected Mind" here, and you can see it's similar to "Kidspiration," or "Inspiration," both for free. You start off with a new blank template. I'm going to show you an example of a mind map as it pulls up here, and you can start off with a blank template. You can add sticks and connect them, or you can add images that they save from the internet. So they can mind map and brainstorm ideas before writing a paper. Another one that is similar is "Lucidchart for Education," and what's different about "Lucidchart for Education," you will register, sign in with an email and password, it's all free. Lucidchart, you can start a new document, and it has shapes that look a little bit different, or you can use their nice templates, and you can pick on the right hand side, you can choose templates for different categories, and the education templates, so why do we create the wheel?
Here are nice templates already here for you, for your students to fill in, which is a wonderful feature, but Luchidchart for Education, it is on the list. It is also free. And some other ones that are on there, you'll see, you can check it out yourself, "Mind Moto," and "Mindmeister," you may just prefer them over others, "Mindomo," quite a few. There's "My Homework," and "My Study Life" as I mentioned, these are great planners with scheduling and reminders. You can set up entire calendars, get reminders for homework assignments, really, really wonderful for time management, again, it's planning. Some other apps and extensions on the list, or here for math like "GeoGebra," history, "TimeMaps: World History," "Useful Periodic Table," "Typing Club," there's really so much, I really encourage you to search the App Store, as I mentioned, and the majority of these are free. If you get to download an app, and you don't like it, I'm back on my app page now, you can right click, and the drop down menu appears, and you just simply click "Remove from Chrome."
If it's an extension, and you dislike it, the top right, my mouse is here, it's a little menu, like a notebook, some people call it a hamburger, you will scroll down to setting, click on "Setting," on the top left, you see "Extensions," you click on "Extensions," and you just go simply click on the trash barrel for the extension you want to remove. Again, they're all in the list with hyperlinks. Further down, in this Google Doc is a wonderful list of resources, I need to open back up my "One Tab" here, to our Google Doc, so this Google Doc that is available to you, again hyperlinks at the end of it, there are great websites, there are more apps and extensions based on topic, there are great videos for using apps and extensions, Pinterest pages about Chromebooks and extensions, and also, a "Symbaloo." If you're not familiar with "Symbaloo," it's also an app or an extension, and I'm just getting down to our resources here. So I mentioned this Google Doc, there are a lot of supporting resources here.
There are videos and other information on using Google Classroom, which is just like using an online platform for your students. There's a "Symbaloo" here, if you use this particular app, you can save several, you can use this yourself, and they've created "Symbaloo" of apps and extensions, you can use it for any purpose, really, which is really neat. Again I just want to mention, apologies for the technical difficulties. We didn't have them last week, hopefully we won't have them next week, and if you are interested in taking the online course, click on the upcoming courses, you can choose apps across the curriculum, that's this one, and if you're interested in participating, it's not too late. Three webinars, three weeks of discussion board, and a couple activities. You can earn the CEU from RESNA, and I will post that information online, and you can feel free to email me, and I'm just going to now stop sharing my screen, so I can answer any questions that you may be putting into the chat, and want to thank you ahead of time, if you're exiting, for your attendance this evening. And I don't see any questions in the chat, I'm not sure if that's because we restarted, but hopefully everyone's questions were answered this evening.
- [Voiceover] Alright Diane, or, can you hear me?
- [Voiceover] Okay, yeah.
- [Voiceover] Yeah, there was a question from, let me scroll back up a little bit, make sure I don't miss anybody. Do the words come automatically in a table? They referenced the app that you were showing.
- [Voiceover] Okay, sure. That must have been in reference to the "Read and Write for Google," and the vocabulary tool, and yes. If whoever posed that question is still listening, while "Read and Write for Google" using the vocabulary tool, you highlight the words with a colored highlighter, with the mouse, and then click the vocabulary tool, and yes, it automatically populates into that table, with the definitions, the symbol. You can also change that symbol to a picture that you saved from in the internet, and then that little notes section, which is really great, so it does happen automatically.
- [Voiceover] Alright, and, thank you for that. And next question is, can this be used in conjunction with Bookshare?
- [Voiceover] And I apologize that we didn't get that, you know, which one they're talking about, but maybe the text-to-speech, so there is actually a specific extension for Bookshare, and we're going to be talking about Bookshare in-depth next week webinar, so tune in for that, but there is an extension separately for Bookshare to read those out loud.
- [Voiceover] Okay, and this last one it looks like. It say, the full version, I'm not sure exactly what they're referring to, is the full version still only available for a 30 day trial?
- [Voiceover] Yes, the full version is a 30 day trial for students, and that's for the "Read and Write for Google," that entire toolbar to use, and that is available for 30 days for students and educators. Educators can use the link on the Google Doc, they have it unlimited, a free subscription, unlimited, and after the 30 days for students, the free text-to-speech will stay, and then the other, if they want the other features, other than just the free text-to-speech, they would need to subscribe, and that was 99 dollars a year. You can contact that text help link, that is the company who makes the extension, if they decide to purchase it after the 30 days.
- [Voiceover] Okay, and the next one is, what is the benefit of "One Tab" and how it changes the user experience beyond power consumption?
- [Voiceover] So the option to of course, consolidate "One Tab," so that your computer's moving faster, instead of slower because you'll have several tabs open, and there'll also be the ability to save that list of tabs to open up again and get back to, so if you want to save your sessions, similar to "Session Buddy," you'll be able to get back to all the websites that you had open, if you have to shut down quickly.
- [Voiceover] Great, okay, and the next question is probably more a question for the CTD, can I get a recorded view of last week's webinar? And that has actually been posted to the site, so if you go to the CTD site, you should be able to access the link to see a copy of last week's webinar.
- [Voiceover] Great, yes. So definitely, the recorded webinar from last week, for anyone who wasn't able to attend, and wants to start on the course now, or even to see the webinar from last week on the iPad app, and iOS app. That recorded webinar is available on the CTD website. Look under the course, and for those of you who are taking the course, it's going to be in week one, so yes you can absolutely still record, or access that recorded webinar from last week. Cheryl, the discussion board, on the CTD website. So if you go to CTD, you want to make sure you log in, if you're taking the course, you will have to free login, and once you log in, you'll be going to the apps across the curriculum, and platforms to support struggling learners, and then you'll click on "Participate Now," and when you get into the actual course itself, you're going to click on "Tool," or just scroll down to the bottom, and you will see the tools available, which are the course files, and the forum, the discussion forum. You're most welcome, and thank you everybody. Oh, looks like, there we go. I think my microphone is working again. So thank you for your participation and questions, and look forward to our webinar on free assistive technology resources next week.
- [Voiceover] Thanks very much, Diane.
- [Voiceover] Thank you. Yeah, hopefully not next week.