A guide to the Assistive Software on school computers

Assistive software on ELC school computers

Please have a look at this guide which gives a short description of the assistive software available on East Lothian Council school computers. For many students with additonal support needs the use of technology is really important for them to become independent learners.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

slawson@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

Struggling to read a web page? Try Ivona mini reader

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Many students have difficulty reading text. If they are using a computer they can have support to do this using Ivona MiniReader.

Ivona MiniReader is a free simple text reader which adds a floating toolbar on the screen and can read out text from almost any program – Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, web pages etc.. MiniReader can use the free Scottish voice Heather and Stuart and most other voices on your computer.

This should be in the Applications Folder on all school computers: PCs, Thin Clients, laptops and netbooks.  If it is not, please log a call with ITServiceDesk@eastlothian.gov.uk to request it. It can be installed remotely.

Remind students to bring in headphones!

Family Fun Technology Day 26th April

Run by specialist staff (CALL, FAACT, KEYCOMM, SCTCI, TASSCC and others) and funded by Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, the day is a chance for families of children with additional support needs to try out and learn about the software, hardware and specialised communication technologies that might help support them. If you are a professional you are welcome tocome along with a family you work with.

The day will include: time to chat with experienced staff about technology and software; demonstrations; presentations; ‘hands on’ time with computers and toys; games; snacks; Smart Wheelchair rides; information; prizes and more!

Although the day is free, please book a place if you wish to come, and tell them the ages of the children you are bringing. Call  0131 651 6235 well in advance if you wish to discuss any special arrangements your family may require.

Full information here FamilyDay2014