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The tutorials are designed to be used with actual products
that must be purchased separately.

Each tutorial includes:

  • Step-by-Step instructions to print out and/or display as a slide show for group instruction.

  • Practice exercises let you practice and master new skills using actual classroom examples.


Reading & Writing Tools

Clicker 4 (Crick Software)
These tutorials were developed by staff at the Kent National Grid for Learning group in England and include: About Clicker; Making your own grids; Creating a set of linked grids; Clicker Big Books and Clicker projects in schools.

Co:Writer 4000 (Don Johnston, Inc.)
Apply features of this a word prediction program designed to speed up and enhance writing activities.

IntelliKeys (IntelliTools, Inc.)
This programmable keyboard is used to assist students with entering letters and numbers, navigating on-screen displays, and executing commands.

IntelliTalk II - Part 1 (IntelliTools, Inc.)
IntelliTalk II is a full-featured talking word processor that allows you to combine graphics, text, and speech to enhance writing and communication skills.

IntelliTalk II - Part 2 (IntelliTools, Inc.)
IntelliTalk II supports the creation of curricular activities with sample templates and customizable toolbar palettes.

Overlay Maker (IntelliTools, Inc.)
Learn to create your own customized overlays for classrooom activities for IntelliKeys with photos, graphics and text.

Microsoft Word (Microsoft)
Microsoft Word is a popular word-processing program with many powerful features that can make learning easier for students with disabilities.

Write:Outloud (Don Johnston, Inc.)
This word processor speaks letters, words, sentences, or any combination of the three. Use it for writing and reading activities.

 

Tools for Visually Impaired

JAWS® for Windows
(Freedom Scientific)
JAWS® for Windows works with your PC to provide access to software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information.

BrailleNote (Pulse Data)
This notetaker with refreshable Braille provides a portable reading and writing system for students who are blind. Nine color-coded modules assist school teams to support student use.

ZoomText® Xtra (AI Squared)
ZoomText® Xtra is an assistive technology software program that combines large print and screen reading when using Windows. Windows programs are enlarged and spoken to you as you do your work.

Creating Talking Books

Clicker 4 (Crick Software)
This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use Clicker 4 to create mouse or switch operated talking books using pictures scanned in from real books.

HyperStudio 4 (TAG Software)
This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use HyperStudio 4 to create mouse or switch operated talking books using pictures scanned in from real books.

PowerPoint (Microsoft)
This 36 page guide developed at the ACE Centre gives step-by-step instructions on how to use Powerpoint to create talking picture books. It also looks at accessing these talking books using a single switch.

Other Tutorial Sites

Several groups have made excellent tutorials on various software programs. Check out the following links for new ideas and more information!

Georgia Learning Connections

Internet 4 Learning

Iowa's Education Area Agency 6: Assistive Technology Tutorials

Le Roy, NY Central School District

Metropolitan School Distict: Indianapolis, IL

Oswego: Software Tutorials

Oswego: Web Creations

Project Participate: High Tech How To's

Widgit Software Co.

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