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Chromebook Apps and Extensions for Learners with Dyslexia 

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Chrome Resources

 GAFE Resources

Google Accessibility Resources

Making Google Drive Docs Accessible

Penn State: http://accessibility.psu.edu/software/googledocs/

University of Michigan: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/going-google/accessibility

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Before downloading any extensions! Make sure you download:

Extensity – This extension helps you manage all your extensions!

Apps / Extensions 

Key: X= Extension; A = App

Visual Impairments

Tip: Install one extension at a time and trial. Some conflicts have been experienced!

ChromeVox (X) – Screen Reader Support that reads items on the screen

  • ChromeVox User Guide

Announcify (X) – http://www.announcify.com – Screen Reader Support that reads items on the screen

High Contrast (X) – Change view of webpages 

ChromeVis (X) – Highlight text of webpage – change size / color of text 

Zoomy (X) – This extension overrides the default zoom (for text and images) for all websites. Default zoom can be set manually or automatic.

Reading Supports

Tip: Install one extension at a time and trial. Some conflicts have been experienced!

Read & Write by Text Help (X) – Powerful toolbar inserts into Google Docs and provides an array of supports for reading.

Want a free year of Read Write for Google Premium Service? Visit the Text Help website and complete the form

Snapverter by TextHelp (A) – Take a picture of a document with smartphone; covert to accessible PDF.

Snap&Read Universal (X) – Text reader plus text leveler. It adjusts text complexity and reads both accessible and inaccessible text on Google Drive, PDFs, and websites.

Learning Ally Link (A) – Provide access to human narrated audiobooks. Membership based services with eligibility requirements (print disability)

Premier Literacy Solutions for Chrome (X) – A suite of literacy support tools including text to speech support for Reading, Summarizing, Dictionary. Also has Voice Dictation and Worksheet Wizard. 30 day free trial; $29.95 yr/subscription.

Read The Web 3 (X) – from Kurzweil – Text to Speech support that can read in 30 voices and 17 languages and dialects.

Readability (X) – Streamlines the presentation of web pages for easier reading.

Beeline Reader (X) – Adds color gradient to webpage text to assist with visual tracking between lines. Colors can be customized, plus has Open Dyslexic font.

Send to Kindle (X) – Send a document / webpage directly to your Kindle for reading.

Kindle Cloud Reader (A) – Read your books / documents directly in the browser.

dotEPUB (X) – Convert any webpage to an ePub file to read on compatible mobile devices.

Readium (A) – ePub document reader

My EBook Maker (A) – Create your own digital books that can be exported to other compatible mobile devices.

Bookshare Web Reader (X) -For Students with print disabilities, access to an extensive collection of digital books that can be read with text to speech directly in browser.

Newsela (A) – Newsela publishes daily news articles at 5 reading levels from grades 3–12 to drive gains in literacy.

Books That Grow (A) – Over 100 FREE ebooks at different reading levels. Teachers can assign books and monitor progress.

Fluency Tutor (A) – Student App & Teacher App – Teachers assign reading materials and students review directly in Google Drive. Provides tools to assist students with reading passages & allows them to record their reading for playback.

Copyfish (X) – Free OCR (Optical Character Recognition) extension that will pull text from an image, video or PDF.

Visor (X) – Screen Dimmer and reading aid. Provide focus for reading materials by blocking other areas of screen.

Writing Supports

Tip: Install one extension at a time and trial. Some conflicts have been experienced!

Read & Write by Text Help (X) – Powerful toolbar inserts into Google Docs and provides an array of supports for writing.

Want a free year of Read Write for Google Premium Service? Visit the Text Help website and complete the form

Grammerly (X) – Spell check and grammar check while writing online

Ginger (X) – Grammar and spell check support while writing.

Co:Writer Universal (A & X) – Don Johnston’s powerful word prediction tool comes to Chrome!

Mic Note (A) – Powerful note taking tool that provides dual support. Audio can be recorded while the person types. Embed PDF and PPT docs into the app. Audio is synced with the written notes. Think Livescribe Pen in the Chrome browser!

Doc Hub (Formerly PDFZen (A) – Load PDF files then type, highlight or draw directly on the form.

Awesome Screenshot (X) – Capture image from screen; annotate; save to Drive

Kami (Formerly Notable PDF for Google Drive )(A) – Do more with PDF files – View, Annotate, Share and Collaborate

Mindomo (A) – Mind Mapping tool. Google Drive integration. Real time collaboration

MindMup (A) – MInd Mapping tool/website. Share finished work to Dropbox / Google Drive. Real time collaboration.

Connected Mind (A) – Brainstorm tool

Gliffy Diagrams (A) – Create flowcharts, brainstorming tool

Dictanote (A) – voice rec. free and pro version (pro= $9.99/yr)

Speech Pad (A) – voice recognition, plus has the ability to transcribe audio

Typing Club (A) – Educational games as typing training

Mathmatics

Tip: Install one extension at a time and trial. Some conflicts have been experienced!

Calculator (A) – Simple electronic calculator for basic computation.

Desmos Graphing Calculator (A) – Online graphing calculator.

GeoGebra (A) – “Free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy to use package.”

Number Line (A) – Provides student’s with a tool to visualize number sequences.

Learning Tools / Teacher Tools / Classroom Management

Tip: Install one extension at a time and trial. Some conflicts have been experienced!

Organization

OneTab (X) – Condense all open tabs into single tab. Open tabs are displayed as a list. Reduce up to 95% of memory.

Google Drive (A) – Productivity suite of tools to support collaboration

Tab Resize (X) – Split screen to view multiple tabs at one time.

myStudent Homework Planner (A) – Organization tool for planning, scheduling, task reminders

Livebinders (A) – Organize, share resources

Symbaloo (A) – Symbol driven home page to launch favorites

Listly (X) – Copy information from web sites to make your own lists.

Maker Apps

STEM Fuse Educate (A) – instantly accessible standard based curriculum

Soundcloud (A) – Tool to record audio and share via web.

Twisted Wave (A) – Powerful audio editing suite. Similar to Audacity.

WeVideo (A) – Video editing tool for Chrome

Design Something (A) – Create 3D designs in your Chrome Browser

Lego Builder (A) – Create Lego designs

SOLE 64 (A) – Learn programming

The QR Code Generator (A) – create QR codes to launch websites

Switch Accessible Apps

For a full list of Switch Accessible Chrome apps – visit http://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps

Cough Drop AAC – Web based AAC system that works on Chromebooks

Picto4Me AAC Communication Boards (A) – Create AAC communication boards.

Other

Remote Desktop (A) – Allows a remote connection between your Chromebook and any other computer via the Internet.

Clarisketch – (A) – Narrate photo captures with annotation; others play back video clip. Similar to Explain Everything. NOTE: ONLY WORKS IN CHROME OS

Movenote (A) – Open a Google Doc and embed video directly into file!

Skiblz Cam (X) – Screencast application – no audio (yet!)

Snag It from  TechSmith (X) – Screen capture application

Split Screen (X) – Allows you to show two browser windows side by side.

Apps for Common Core (X)  – Resource for apps related directly to common core standards.

Ed Puzzle (A) – Allows teacher to build UDL type assignments with video, embedded audio and quizes.

Chromnitweet (X) – Tweet directly from the Omnibox (url window).

Resources

Watch the two part webinar series, Going Google, I hosted for the Center for Technology and Disability

Part 1: Using Google & Chrome Supports as AT

Part 2: Chrome Apps & Extensions

Chromebook How To Video Channel from You Tube

Hixson Middle School – Resource Page for Chromebook Program

LSR7 Chrome Resource Page

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