How can we help dyslexic students?

 

General recommendations for iPad



Use SIRI to look for an app (instead of typing the name in the search box).


The students can listen to all text on their screen (internet, apps, books, …)

activate: accessibility  speech  speech selection

use: select any word or sentence and tap SPEAK, the iPad will say the word or sentence out loud.












Press the dictation button to dictate: available in mail, iMessage, contacts (search), notes, Maps (search), reminders, App Portal (search), Pages, …
















Use mindmapping apps: Popplet, iThoughts, …


The iPad screen is better than a computer screen, it creates less distractions.




Apps


2.1  talking books / voice to text



PDF voice reader

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vbookz-pdf-voice-reader-us/id497274026?mt=8

Open any PDF and the app will read it aloud. The app converts all text (in 16 languages) into a special font called Dyslexie, specifically designed to make the reading process easier for people with dyslexia.




clicker Connect

http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/products/clicker-apps/clicker-connect.aspx

Students choose from clusters of words, phrases and pictures to produce their own writing. As each sentence is completed, it is spoken aloud, helping learners to review and correct what they have written.




Dragon Dictation

https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8

This app recognizes and transcribes your words at lightening speed and gives you the flexibility to dictate for any situation.




Voice Dream Reader

https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/voice-dream-reader-lite/id563971853?mt=8

With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit to every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.
Voice Dream Reader supports reading PDF and Word documents, web pages and more.

more info:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGNYsGVAL4g




iWordQ

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwordq-us/id557929840?mt=8

In Writing mode, a simple text editor is used for writing with the support of word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and speech feedback features. Spell-check and dictionary access is included.
In Reading mode, text is shown in a more visually pleasing manner to improve readability. This is used for proofreading, reading to learn, silent reading, reading aloud, and casual reading/listening. A novel text chunking method can be selected to enhance comprehension and readability of text to allow you to focus on one text chunk at a time.




Claro Speak UK

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/clarospeak-uk/id520487394?mt=8

This is a good quality text to speech application offering voices with international accents, synchronised text highlighting and word prediction.

The simple interface allows text to be read by word, word trail or sentence. A range of options exist for different fonts, text highlighting and background colour.

Text can be exported directly into e-mail or messages and also be uploaded directly into Dropbox or Google Drive or simply copied and pasted.

This App differs from others in that any text can be saved as a speech file using the text to speech voice.

A very easy to use writing tool providing good support. Text files can be saved within the app.



DyslexieNote (we have 800 licenses)

https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/dyslexienote/id954929700?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The app allows users to type notes and convert bodies of text

into the font designed to help the dyslexic eye differentiate letters.

Simply type is the notepad or paste in bodies of text. Easily change

the font size and background color.



Inku - Tool for Dyslexia  (we have 900 licenses)

https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/inku-tool-for-dyslexia/id1042258087?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

inku is an intuitive and powerful dyslexia tool that helps you write your notes without spelling errors.

The app allows a person to type a message using the sophisticated word and phrase prediction, which learns their pattern of use, making writing even faster. An advanced spell checking system designed especially for people with dyslexia offers a great support.

(available in UK English, US English, German, Spanish and French)





2.2 web browsers


Open web dyslexia

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/openweb-dyslexia-friendly/id519348697?mt=8

This app makes web browsing more accessible by converting text into a more readable format. The default font is called OpenDyslexic, an open-source font designed for dyslexic readers.

Note that while this app is compatible with iPads, it's optimized for iPhone 5.






2.3 Internet search


Google

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id284815942?mt=8

The app has a built-in microphone so you can say what you want to find.




2.4 maths


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/modmath/id821892964?mt=8

ModMath allows users to type math problems instead of writing them by hand, which can prove difficult for people with dyslexia or dysgraphia. The app provides virtual graph paper and a calculator, and the user can print out his or her work, or email it directly to a teacher.




2.5 specific skills


https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/dyslexia-quest/id448166369?mt=8

The games in Dyslexia Quest help test and build memory, as well as learning skills. The app, which was developed and tested at the Bristol Dyslexia Center in the UK, specifically assesses working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills.

There are three age ranges: 7-10 years, 11-16 years, and 17 and older.




2.6 phonics


https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/reading-intro-by-oz-phonics/id564753775?mt=8

Oz Phonics focuses on rudimentary letter-sound relationships, including short vowels and up to 10 consonants. With various in-app exercises, it's designed for dyslexic children and adults who have trouble reading.





2.7 dictionaries


https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/dds-dictionary-dyslexics-dictionary/id590239077?mt=8

DD's Dictionary, a Dyslexic's Dictionary allows independent discovery of an unknown spelling or a quick check of an uncertain word.
* Quick location of a word
* Audible confirmation of selected word
* Simple controls
* Focus on word spelling
* Background colour and font choice for easier reading
* Quick reference back to recently viewed words
* Exploration of related words and groups of words
* US or UK spelling modes

We have 800 licenses.



Translate Voice

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-translate-pro/id539943615?mt=8

Accurate translations by voice recognition.




2.8 other


Lowercase Keyboard

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/lowercase-keyboard/id923861801?mt=8

Lowercase Keyboard is a custom keyboard that uses both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as a simplified set of numbers and special characters. The keyboard has been designed with elementary students in mind.
Lowercase Keyboard follows the layout of the default keyboard closely so it is easy to use. The font of the Lowercase Keyboard is OpenDyslexic which has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.



PhotoMind

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/photomind-picture-reminders/id412456413?mt=8

This is a notification app, which uses image instead of text. Take a photo and set the time to be reminded.



What is dyslexia?

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/what-is-dyslexia/id418150626?mt=8






2.9 Apps Made for Dyslectic children


What’s my reading age?

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whats-my-reading-age/id829586449?mt=8

Identifies a reading age between 5-15 years. Find out what you need to

learn to improve.



Chimp FU

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chimp-fu/id894610082?mt=8

Chop words into syllables.






2.10 Creating Interactive Texts


Shadow Puppet Edu

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadow-puppet-edu/id888504640?mt=8

Import pictures and record your voice, easy to export movie.




Explain Everything

https://itunes.apple.com/app/explain-everything/id431493086?ls=1&mt=8







2.11 An overview of apps for Dyslexic students

http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Common-Assets/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Wheel_0f_Apps_V1_0.pdf




3Readability


Use this website to check the readability of a website: http://read-able.com/

The Readability Test Tool takes the text on your web page and gives a score for the most used readability indicators.