What’s new in Clicker 7?

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Clicker is a popular literacy support software which helps users of all ages and abilities to develop their reading and writing skills. This week, Dyslexic.com released Clicker 7 for sale online and we wanted to let you know what’s new in the latest version!

Using the Clicker Board, students can organise their ideas to help them prepare for writing. This tool allows them to manipulate and link any combination of words, pictures and sounds to get started on their writing. Users can now record voice notes on the software, enabling them to vocally rehearse their sentence before they write. They can hear this read back to them with the new children voices. Sentences and words are read back in a friendly, age appropriate voice that younger students can identify with, encouraging them to actively review and self-correct their work. Clicker 7 also features enhanced word prediction and an even bigger library of over 3500 curriculum pictures.

Clicker 7 supports teachers by making it even easier to customise activities for different ability levels in the classroom. It also gives instant access to the software’s training materials – this helps teachers to get started quickly and become a confident user in no time. With Word Pool, teachers can add in unusual words or names to Clicker’s knowledge base to ensure it is pronounced properly, suggested by the predictor and accepted by the spellchecker.

Clicker 7 offers more access support than ever before to enable every student to access the curriculum and achieve success. In the latest version, the software offers eye gaze support and SuperKeys – the unique access method for learners who need bigger target areas.

Clicker 7 is available to purchase from Dyslexic.com by following this link >> http://ian.lt/1ZbHKox

​Dyslexia Awareness Week: Note-taking Support

There is a wide range of note-taking support available for those with dyslexia. The assistive technology can help eliminate the difficulties that are associated with writing whilst listening. It can also support with organising and editing notes that have been made.

What assistive technology is available?

There is a range of note-taking support software and hardware to help with dyslexia, all of which are available to purchase on Dyslexic.com.

Livescribe Smartpens digitally save handwritten notes on special, dotted paper, allowing the individual to make as many or as little notes, diagrams or symbols as they choose. The pen records high-quality audio and links this to the notes that have been made. This information can be digitally uploaded to a computer, where handwritten notes can be converted into digital text. You can also search your handwritten notes for particular keywords. There are different versions of Livescribe Smartpens. To find out more please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1VH1fxY

Olympus Digital Voice Recorders are used to record the sound that is going on around you – whether that be a lecture, meeting or conversations. The latest model of voice recorder from Olympus is the DM-7, which takes recording to a whole new level. It has Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility which allows the user to link their voice recorder to their Android or iOS device and carry out remote control recordings via Wi-Fi. The Olympus voice recorders come with the Olympus Sonority software which has several editing functions, allowing you to manage your audio files. To find out more please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1N1OwDW

Sonocent Audio Notetaker offers a visual and interactive form of note-taking. Audio recordings are transformed from a single stream of information to easy to interpret coloured bars. It is an ideal piece of assistive technology software to help those who struggle with note-taking. The software allows the user to import their audio from their computer or a portable device such as a digital voice recorder. Alternatively, the user can record audio straight into the software using a headset, microphone or the computer’s microphone. Each phrase in the recording is split into manageable sections. The user can easily manage their recording by highlighting sections that perhaps they didn’t understand or think is important into different colours. These colours can be amended and titled to mean different things for the user. They can also delete, move and edit sections. PowerPoint slides, images, and more, can be added into the file and is instantly matched up to the relevant part of audio recording. The software is available as a digital download for Mac and Windows. To find out more about Sonocent Audio Notetaker please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1FURDhx

Dyslexia Awareness Week: Text-to-Speech Software

Text-to-speech enables your computer to read aloud web pages, text documents, emails and PDF documents in a natural sounding voice. Some software now includes additional tools such as spell checkers, homophone support and visual highlighting that can help when producing your own written work.

Those with dyslexia often find that text-to-speech software provides significant support if they struggle with reading or digesting text on the computer screen. Hearing text being read aloud in a natural sounding voice also helps dyslexic people proof-read their own written work. For some people it is much easier to hear the mistakes than see them.

Most importantly, text-to-speech software can offer those with dyslexia a high degree of independence when it comes to reading and writing.

What software is available?

There are different types of text-to-speech software available, all of which can be purchased from Dyslexic.com.

ClaroRead is a simple toolbar that sits at the top of the computer screen and will read aloud any on-screen text in Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, emails and many other applications. It contains visual highlighting to help users follow the text as it is read aloud, word prediction feature, homophone checker, coloured overlays and much more. It is available to purchase as a box copy or digital download (instant product sent via email), and for Windows and Mac. Find out more about ClaroRead by following this link >> http://ian.lt/1MTZiMy

Read&Write is an easy-to-use toolbar that provides speech feedback, phonetic spell checking and many other literacy support tools to help with reading and writing. It also contains written and picture dictionaries to help understand the meanings of tricky words and homophones, translation tool, screen masking and word prediction feature. It is available to purchase as a digital download or as a USB, and for Windows and Mac. Find out more about Read&Write by following this link >> http://ian.lt/1L1AWOe

Kurzweil 3000 is a powerful text-to-speech and literacy support tool that enables users to convert printed text documents into accessible electronic formats. This can then be read aloud by a natural sounding voice. It comes with dual highlighting (highlights a sentence, line or phrase in one colour, and each word in another colour to help improve reading performance), translation feature, word prediction and much more. It is available to purchase as a box copy for Windows and Mac. Find out more about Kurzweil 3000 >> http://ian.lt/1L1HUTe

Penfriend gives dyslexic users the confidence to write more, the accuracy to write what they mean, and the speed to write more in the time available. It contains text-to-speech functionality to read aloud words on the screen, including words that haven’t been typed yet. It also features word prediction, using a dictionary of known words, to help the user with writing. Penfriend XL adds additional functionality in native languages. It is available as a box copy for Windows. Find out more about Penfriend by following this link >> http://ian.lt/1hli83P

VeritySpell now available on PC and Mac as a digital download

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We are pleased to announce that the powerful spellchecking and language support software, VeritySpell, is now available to purchase from Dyslexic.com as a digital download!

Digital downloads are useful as you receive the software instantly via your email address. It also enables us to be able to offer the latest software at the best possible price!

VeritySpell provides spelling, homophone and dictionary support for those who find a standard spell-checker insufficient. It can be used in virtually any application, whether composing text in Microsoft Word, writing and instant message or filling in a form on a web page.

The software helps distinguish similar sounding words, like which or witch, by showing them in an every-day language context. It also comes with a built-in dictionary and thesaurus which provides definitions, similar words and related words.

To purchase VeritySpell, please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1YTJjDZ

CapturaTalk Junior launched on the App Store

capturatalk-junior-app-icon-itunesartwork-2xiansyst are excited to announce the launch of CapturaTalk Junior, an app designed for students who require literacy support through KS1-KS4. The app is available to download on the App Store for iOS devices.

CapturaTalk Junior helps students with reading printed text and integrates the powerful ABBYY OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature. Students are able to take a picture of text and convert it to digital text, ready to have it read aloud and then the option to edit it further. For example, the app includes its own integrated text editor with text-to-speech, assisting students with the sound of letters and words and supporting reading and comprehension. Other features include custom ‘phrase banks’ for students to create and store words and sentences, an integrated dictionary with homophone support and a range of user interface options including screen tint overlays, the ability to easy change the size of font and to choose a dyslexia friendly font.

Download CapturaTalk Junior on the App Store today.