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Assistive Technology: Workshops

Your starting point to access information on all our library assistive technology software, help and advice.

Assistive Software Workshops

Do you sometimes find it difficult to come up with ideas for your reports

How can you generate a professional looking Gantt Chart for your assignment?

Did you know that mind mapping software can help you keep track of your references?

How can you use Mind Genius to export your mind map into Word and PowerPoint?

Do you want to find out how to use note-taking software to record and review your lecture notes?

How can you use Dragon to dictate your assignments?

How do you use Text-to-Speech software?

 

Check out the new 500 Word Club

The new 500 Word Club 


Join the 500 Word Club where you can bring along your assignment and work on it in an environment where there is support available.

The session is supported by Assistive Technology and CLaSS. We will cover techniques to help you get started with your writing, plan and structure your work and learn how to use assistive software to proceed.

 You can book the workshop in the Workshop Calendar. 

Follow the blog for the latest tips and video tutorials.

New dates for The 500 Word Club will be announced soon. 

 

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Workshops available in the Library

The following Assistive Technology workshops are available in the Library:

Audio Notetaker
ClaroRead
Include Me
Inspiration
MindGenius
Notetalker
Dragon
TextHelp Read & Write

 
Bookings open two weeks prior to the workshop week. 

Disability Advice and Support (DAS) Workshops

Disability Advice and Support (DAS) is also running study skills workshops for students with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences.

  • Have you recently found out that you have a learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or attention difficulties?
  • Would you like to learn about useful study strategies in a friendly group?
  • Are you an international student who does not have access to Disabled Students Allowance? 

Email disability@dmu.ac.uk for more information and to book your place. 

Inlcude Me

Include Me and ClaroRead


Category: Text-to-Speech

ClaroRead and Include Me are text-to-speech software that will read out loud on-screen text. This is a practical introduction to their text-to-speech feature. You can book the workshop by clicking on the button below or from the Workshop Calendar. 

ClaroRead and Include Me are available on all PCs and MACs in Library spaces.

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Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon


Category: Speech-to-text

Transform your spoken words into text so you can focus on getting your ideas down quickly without worrying about typing and spelling. You can also use Dragon to make edits and apply formatting by using voice commands to make it easier create your documents and working word processors, such as Microsoft Word. Dragon also works will Audio Notetaker and other software. 

  • Think out loud and instantly capture your ideas up to 3x faster than typing.
  • Edit and format text faster without using using a keyboard and mouse.
Dragon is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09. To see if you eligible, please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk.

 

Mind Mapping

MindGenius

Mind View

Inspiration


Category: Mind mapping

Mind Mapping can help make your studies more organised, effective and creative. This workshop takes a practical look at how to use mind mapping software to:

  • Generate ideas 
  • Create outlines for reports and dissertations
  • Identify, organise and manage projects
  • Create Gantt Charts (MindGenius and MindView) and SWOT tables.
  • Export into Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Keep track of References and your list of web links
  • Use a visual learning tool and exam revision
All three mind mapping software is available on all PCs in the Library spaces. Inspiration and Mind View are available on both PCs and MACs.

Texthelp Read&Write

TextHelp Read&Write


Category: Text-to-Speech / Speech-to-text

Read&Write is a toolbar that can help students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties with reading and writing assignments. It can read out loud Web pages, Word documents, Scanned pages and PDFs.

TextHelp Read&Write can also transfer your spoken work into text in Word documents. 

TextHelp Read+Write (v11.5) is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09. Please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk to see if you are eligible.

 

 

Notetalker

Notetalker


Category: Note-taking

Notetalker Edit is a powerful note-making assistive software for both Windows and MAC computers.

This is practical session on how to use Notetalker Edit to:

  • Record your lectures and add bookmarks
  • Playback recordings and navigate to tagged bookmarks
  • Add notes
  • Import PowerPoint slides and images
  • Import audio from App or other device
Notetalker is available on all PCs and MACs in the Library spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Notetaker

Audio Notetaker


Category: Note-taking

Audio Notetaker is a powerful note-making assistive software that can enhance your study skills. Its a practical session on how to use Audio Notetaker to: 

  • Record your lectures and add tags
  • Take better notes
  • Import PowerPoint Slides
  • Import audio from App or other recording devices
Audio Notetaker is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09.Please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk to see if you are eligible.

 

 

 

Check out the new 500 Word Club

The 500 Word Club 


Join the 500 Word Club where you can bring along your assignment and work on it in an environment where there is support available.

The session is supported by Assistive Technology and CLaSS. We will cover techniques to help you get started with your writing, plan and structure your work and learn how to use assistive software to proceed.

 You can book the workshop by clicking on the button below or from the Workshop Calendar. 

Follow the blog for the latest tips and video tutorials.

The 500 Word Club takes place fortnightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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