Digital Resources

Screenreaders (Text -> Voice)

  1. Ginger-  is a free to fee based app providing grammar and punctuation checking capabilities, while the fee-based edition offers translators, text-to-speech, and an array of other features.
  2. VoiceOver – built into the OS of Macs. Reads what is on your screen and gives you complete control of the computer, with no need to see the screen.
  3. Speech Recognition is the built-in speech-to-text program available in the Windows operating system.
  4. SensusAccess, available for free through Dartmouth, converts texts to an mp3 audio file.
  5. Natural Reader is a free to download, free to use software program that enables you to listen to PDF files, web pages, e-books, e-textbooks, and word documents.
  6. Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free, open source, text-to- speech program that can read math and logic equations.

Dictation (Voice -> Text)

  1. Dictation is the free, built-in speech-to-text program available for Mac’s operating system.
  2. Speech Recognition is the built-in speech-to-text program available in the Windows operating system.
  3. Text-to-Speech voice dictation using Voice Typing in Google Docs. Here is a screencast of how to do this in Google Docs.

Time Management

  1. Action Planner: https://www.amazon.com/Action-Day-Academic-Planner-2018-2019/dp/993548047X. If someone struggles with time management issues, it is best to track everything in a visual calendar = establish a routine that includes planning for travel time, material prep/packing time, etc. so as to reduce load on working memory.
  2. MyHomework is a free online program that helps you organize your classes, assignments, set and track homework and receive due date reminders.
  3. Toggl is a free app that will track the amount of time it takes you to complete a task. This is a useful tool if you want to get a better idea of what types of tasks are consuming more time that you have estimated and thus allow you to restructure your schedule with better accuracy.
  4. Todoist = free to fee based task tracking app.
  5. Trello = free project management app.
  6. RescueTime = free to fee based time management app and digital distraction-reduction aid app.
  7. StayFocusd is a Chrome extension add on app that restricts the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.

Notetaking

  1. Open Text Summarizer summarizes text ~ 40 different languages, identifying key words and allowing you to determine the summarization ratio.
  2. OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office Suite and provides versatility in note-taking, sharing, searching, and collaborating.
  3. Inspiration software is a fee-based concept mapping program that allows you to export your outlines or diagrams into a word processor program such as Microsoft Word or into Microsoft PowerPoint.
  4. Diigo is a free to fee based online program that allows you to collect, organize, highlight, and annotate your web-based research information into your cloud library. You can highlight text, screen capture, or save archived web material to review any time.
  5. SMMRY: “A free, quick and easy-to-use summarizing website is SMMRY. Its main purpose is to provide an efficient and understandable summary to a text, and it does so by providing numerous options to customize the summary.”: http://smmry.com/
  6. Summarizer is a web-based text summarization tool. You can upload url links and the tool will extract main ideas/details. A helpful way to quickly review resources during the research process.
  7. Online Summarize Tool (Tools4noobs): Under the website, Tools4Noobs is a good summarizing tool called- Online Summarize Tool, which is similar to other online tools but allows options in customizing the resulting summary that is not available in others such as maximum sentence length and number of lines.
  8. AutoSummarizerAutoSummarizer “is another quick and easy summarizing website. This tool is still on its beta stage and is still on its way to being fully developed, but it is a very usable site despite this. It ranks sentences based on their value, and uses the extraction-based summarization algorithm.”
  9. Free Summarizer: “A website for summarizing very simple but long texts is Free Summarizer. It is very quick and easy to use and allows you the option of determining the number of sentences you want the resulting summary to be.”

Reading Rate Improvement (Speed Reading)

  1. Spritz is an app that claims to increase reading speed and focus by adjusting word position and color use.
  2. ZapReader is a free online program designed for speed reading by allowing the user to cut and paste text to be read into a box that will show the text one word at a time. However, since the rate of the word presentation can be adjusted by the user, this tool can be helpful for readers who benefit from having words shown individually for spacing/ reduced visual stimulation interface.
  3. Spreeder is a free online program designed for speed reading by allowing the user to cut and paste text to be read into a box that will show the text one word at a time. However, since the rate of the word presentation can be adjusted by the user, this tool can be helpful for readers who benefit from having words shown individually for spacing/ reduced visual stimulation interface.
  4. Beeline Reader is an online program that can help make reading faster and/or easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next.
  5. Rewordify.com is a free, online software that simplifies complex vocabulary into simpler vocabulary and thus might create “bite sized” snippets of dense reading content for previewing purposes.
  6. Text Compactor: “Text Compactor is a free online summarization tool was created to help struggling readers process overwhelming amounts of information. However, the general approach will help any busy student, teacher, or professional.”

 

 

Resources compiled by Alicia Brandon