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  • Lynne Silcock 22 May 2017 8:21am () in Help please? What digital tool would I use?

    Hi all

    My post on text-to-speech across all operating systems is here: /blog/view/927591/text-to-speech 

    Tessa the tool you added up there is voice typing (the opposite to text to speech) - I also have a post about this across the operating systems that can be found here: /blog/view/928728/voice-typing-speech-recognition 

    Text to Speech in summary:

    • Windows - add to the quick access toolbar
    • Mac - turn it on: systems preference → speech → text-to-speech tab → speak selected text when key is pressed → set key.
    • iPad/iPhone: Settings → general →accessibility →speak selection. Once enabled, simply select any piece of text and the pop-up menu will offer the “speak” option. 
    • Chromebooks - there are a number of options listed in the blog above including ReadWrite for Google and Select and Speak - these both work in Google doc's. Note that many of the text-to-speech extensions listed in the Chrome store don't actually work in doc's (only on the web). My personal preference is ReadWrite for versatility as Select and Speak has a daily word limit and can't handle longer documents.

    Regards

    Lynne

  • Lynne Silcock 16 May 2017 10:41am () in Chrome extension 'Select and Speak'.

    Hi Francis

    Text to speech is a really useful tool for editing work and I have talked to many teachers who use it that way with good results.

    Select and Speak is good if you only want to do a little reading using text-to-speech but:

    • it does have a daily word limit that soon kicks in if you want to use this a lot
    • it has serious lag on longer passages of text 

    Another alternative is ReadWrite for Google.

    Here is my post about Literacy support in Google that may be of interest.

    Regards

    Lynne

  • Lynne Silcock 22 Sep 2016 2:58pm () in Listening to reading with UNITE

    Hi All

    You might like this wonderful resource bank of talking books - see the post on the blended literacy group here.

  • Lynne Silcock 22 Sep 2016 2:56pm () in Listening to reading with UNITE

    Hi Anne

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource - I really like the fact that students can choose to have the book read aloud. The books are beautiful :)

  • Lynne Silcock 11 Aug 2016 9:03am () in NZQA and assessment online

    Hi Tessa

    Yes it is possible that they are not eligible, but if the speed of writing means that the student cannot accurately show their learning in an external I would still follow up to make sure that they are not disadvantaged.

    Cheers

    Lynne

  • Lynne Silcock 03 Aug 2016 8:51am () in NZQA and assessment online

    Hi Tessa

    To get a writer (or reader and writer or other specialist support) for NCEA assessments you need to go through the Special Assessment Conditions process. This is completed for NZQA by the school to access the support students. The NZQA website has more information and timelines for applications etc.

    There are two main pathways to apply for Special Assessment Conditions:

    • School collets evidence of need over time. It is important that the school works with NZQA to collect appropriate evidence. If the student has RTLB support they will also be able to provide guidance.
    • Psych report - these are reports are completed by a psychologist who is qualified/certificated to complete the work. This tends to be quite expensive and last I heard was over $500 in most cases. 

    I have recently talked to both the Ministry and NZQA about Special Assessments Conditions and the key messages for secondary schools are:

    • Identify needs and put in supports from Year 9 by using transition data, or data from feeder schools

    • Use school systems to keep records about students needs

    • Connect with RTLB and Ministry Special Education staff for systematic support

    • Work hand in hand with their NZQA contact to ensure students have access to the support they need

     

    Regards

    Lynne Silcock

    Connected Learning Advisory

  • Lynne Silcock 13 Jul 2016 12:40pm () in Literacy support in Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

    Hi all

    Literacy support in Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

    You may be interested in this blog post in the Assistive Technology group. It is a selection of my favourite Apps, Extensions, Add Ons and tools that provide literacy support in the Google Chrome and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) environment.

    Regards

    Lynne

  • Lynne Silcock 30 Jun 2016 12:17pm () in Teacher Aide Role in ILE

    Hi all

    Sounds like you already have it sussed but you may like to look at the new guide on the Inclusive Education website: Supporting effective teacher aide practice.

    It includes videos from NZ schools and a range of multimedia resources to support schools to make the most of teacher aides.

    Regards

    Lynne 

  • Lynne Silcock 04 May 2016 10:56am () in Punctuation Grammar Check for Docs

    Hi Kelly

    Yes. If you sign in as a student you need to provide a parent's email address to give permissions.

    Regards

    Lynne

  • Lynne Silcock 19 Apr 2016 9:15am () in Punctuation Grammar Check for Docs

    Hi all

    Try SAS Writing Reviser - It is awesome and offers a huge number of features for punctuation checking at all levels. It is divided into 4 sections with more options under each heading:

    • sentence economy
    • sentence variety
    • sentence power
    • sentence clarity

    It opens as a side bar on Google Docs. To load it Open Google Docs, go to the Add Ons tab, click "Get Add On's" and search it by name.

    Regards

    Lynne

     

Lynne Silcock

I am an Inclusive Education Facilitator (Learning with Digital Technologies) and part of the Connected Learning Advisory at CORE Education.