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Adaptive Instruction for Teacher Education: Inclusive Approaches, Resources and Technology
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Types of Adaptive Technologies

 

 

Writing | Reading | Visual | Communication | Organization Skills

 

Writing

There are a variety of software products that assist learners with writing and literacy, allowing them to express themselves more effectively:

Writing Software

Clicker5 - writing support and multimedia tool

CoWriter 4000 Solo - editing supports

Write: Outloud Solo - text-to-speech support

Premier Literacy Suite - suite of 10 tools to support reading and writing

Portable/Laptop Systems

AlphaSmart - portable word-processing tools

Modified Keyboards

Intellikeys - customizable touch keyboard


 

Reading

Software is available to translate text into digital formats and assist the learner in reading through reformatting and audio output of content.

Literacy Suite

Premier - Literacy Suite - suite of 10 tools to support reading and writing

Optical Character Recognition and Reading Software

Kurzweil - digitize text and read using text-to-speech

 


 

Visual

Assistive technologies support students with low vision, blindness or other visual impairments to access digitized or web-based content.  

Screen Magnification Software

ZoomText - enlarge display and read outloud

Screen Readers

JAWS - translates text to audio output

Modified Keyboards

Intellikeys - customizable touch keyboard

 


 

Communication

For learners who experience difficulty in communication, there are a number of tools that will help them to express themselves more easily:

Voice Recognition Software

Dragon Naturally Speaking - translates spoken language into text

 


 

Organization Skills

Many learners will benefit from the use of tools that help them to organize their ideas as a first step in completing curricular activities. Other students will benefit from portable devices to assist with note-taking and provide access to assistive software in the classroom.

Mind Mapping and Idea Organization

Inspiration/Kidspiration - graphical mapping tools

Smart Ideas - graphical mapping tool

Portable/Laptop Systems

AlphaSmart - portable word-processing tools