Assistive software

Icons for assistive software on London Met computers

Assistive software helps all students access learning materials and complete assignments. This section looks at the software available on London Met computers, software provided by the Disabled Students' Allowances and freely available assistive software.  Below you will find software information and links to video tutorials, many of which are provided by assistive technology specialists, Diversity and Ability.

Computers for student use at London Met have a range of assistive software. London Met is not able to provide copies of the software below for personal use. The Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) may provide copies of these and other software as part of a DSA support package. 

ClaroRead plus

You can find ClaroRead plus on the desktop on all London Met computers. ClaroRead plus helps you with reading and writing tasks. If you find reading difficult, tiring or have a slow reading speed, you may benefit from listening to your reading material. ClaroRead plus reads aloud most reading material, including your own work. Watch the tutorial below for further instructions. 

Reading with ClaroRead plus

Proofreading with ClaroRead plus

Choosing your ClaroRead plus voice

 

MindView

MindView can be found on the program list from the start menu or by typing 'Mindview' into the search bar next to the Windows Start icon. Mindview is a mind mapping software. You can plan essays and presentations visually. Mind maps are useful for revision and developing your ideas. If you find structuring your ideas difficult, try using a mind map. 

Planning an essay in MindView

Exporting your mind map into a Word doc.

Revising with MindView

 

FreeMind

FreeMind is another mind mapping software.FreeMind can be found on the program list from the start menu or by typing 'Freemind' into the search bar next to the Windows Start icon. 

 

Zotero 

You can find Zotero in the program list of all London Met computers or by typing 'Zotero' into the search bar next to the Windows Start icon. Zotero collects your references and inserts them into your assignment. You can get help with Zotero from your Academic Liaison Librarian. You can download Zotero to your home laptop or computer from Zotero’s website.

Find out more about referencing through Library Matters, a Weblearn module developed by the library. Read the section devoted to Zotero and other referencing software. Don't forget to check the London Met referencing guidance to make sure your references and citations are correctly formatted. 

Collecting references with Zotero

Citing with Zotero

Creating a reference list with Zotero

 

Windows accessibility features

Click the Start button, select All Programs then click on Ease of Access.  Here you will find Windows Magnifier and Narrator.  Magnifier enlarges sections of the screen, the whole screen or the area around the cursor. Narrator reads text on the screen and describes visual notifications.

To launch the Magnifier use the keyboard shortcut: Windows key and +

 

The DSA can provide students with individual copies of assistive software. The DSA will also provide specialist training to teach you how to use the software. Below are the most commonly recommended software.

Dragon naturally speaking

Dragon is a speech-to-text software. It recognises your speech and types for you. You could use speech-to-text software if you find putting ideas into writing difficult, your typing speed is slow or you find typing difficult. Produce your written assignments quickly and confidently and let Dragon tackle spelling.

Benefits of using speech-to-text

Getting started with Dragon 

Dictating to Dragon

 

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Do you find your notes don’t capture all the information from your lecture? Many students use lecture recordings for full and accurate lecture notes which better support their assignments and revision. Sonocent Audio Notetaker combines your lecture recording with presentation slides and your own notes and pictures.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker: an introduction

Using Sonocent Audio Notetaker

 

Read&Write Gold

This is another Text-to-Speech software which is similar to Claro Read. It highlights text as it reads out aloud. You can also make a ‘word cloud’ of the text to see which words are mentioned most frequently.

Read&Write Gold for PC

 

Explore these web bassed software from your University or home computer. 

Get organised

Google Drive 

Google Calendar

Google Keep

Stay focused

Take a break

Proofreading

Grammarly

Grammarly for Chrome

Dictionary.com

Reading

Visor 

ReadWrite for Chrome 

Referencing

Cite This For Me

Cite This For Me Chrome connector

Zotero

Zotero Chrome connector 

Revision

Quizlet

 

Popular apps for your smart devices. Search for these apps in the Apps store (Apple devices) or google play store (Android devices). The majority of these apps are freely available and some have a small fee.

Get organised

Google Drive
Google Keep
Google Calendar
Evernote

Proofreading

Dictionary.com

Reading

Natural Reader (reads text aloud)

Note taking

AudioNote lite

Referencing

RefMe

Revision

Quizlet

Scanning and annotating

Skitch (annotate photos)
Scannable (turn your smart device into a portable document scanner)
Camscanner

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