Make the most of IT

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Assistive software can help with to access learning materials and complete assignments. All students may benefit from such support and we encourage you to make the most of the IT available to you.   

This page looks at the software available on London Met computers, software often provided by the Disabled Students' Allowance and freely available assistive software.

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. However, the Disabled Students' Allowance (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 of all London Met computers. ClaroRead Plus can help with reading and writing tasks. If you find reading difficult, tiring, or have a slow reading speed, you may benefit from having text read aloud. See the tutorials below for further instructions.  

FreeMind

FreeMind is a visual planning / mapping software tool. 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. Don't forget to check the London Met referencing guidance to make sure your references and citations are correctly formatted. 

Windows has a range of built-in accessibility tools and features.  These include: 

  • Narrator - a screen reader that will read onscreen information out loud.
  • Magnifier - a tool that will magnify information on the screen. 
  • High Contrast - controls to make onscreen information easier to see. 
  • Speech Recognition - use your voice to enter text into the computer.
  • Keyboard - tools to help with keyboard use (including an on-screen keyboard).
  • Color Filters - make onscreen information easier to see / read.
  • Mouse - tools to make the mouse easier to see and use.
  • Text cursor - tools to make the text cursor easier to see and use.  

To use Windows accessibility tools:

  • Type 'Ease of access settings' into the Windows search tool (next to the Windows Start Button).

Here you will find a range of tools to make computer use easier.

The DSA can provide students with copies of assistive software for personal use, and also funding for training to use the software. See below for examples of software often recommend:

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.

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.

Read&Write Gold

This is another text-to-speech software tool that is similar to ClaroRead. It highlights text as it reads out aloud and has many other features that can form part of your study skills strategies.

Good organisation can help you keep on track with your studies. It can can also make it easier to find information and resources quickly. There are a number of free or low cost tools that can be used to help with organisation:

  • Alarmy - Set challenges to make sure you wake up on time (iPad and iPhone)
  • Microsoft To Do - Create to do lists easily (multi-platform App)
  • Google Drive - Easily access your work anywhere (multi-platform App)
  • Google Calendar - Stay organised and set reminders (multi-platform App)

Staying focused can help with productivity. Minimising distractions can also help you to maintain organisation in information. There are a number of free or low cost tools that can be used to help with focus:

  • Noisli - Block out sounds and listen to soothing noises (multi-platform App)
  • Focus Keeper - Set a timer to stay focused on your work (Apple Store) 

Tools to help with reading can help you to draw meaning more easily and more efficiently.  There are a number of free or low cost tools that can be used to help with reading:

  • Microsoft Lens - Take high-quality photos of your books and board (Apple and Google Play Store)
  • Cam Scanner - Turn your phone into a scanner (multi-platform App)
  • Natural Reader - Listen to your text being read out loud (online and Google Chrome App)

Tools to help with writing can help you to record information and ideas more easily. Writing tools can also help you to spot any mistakes. There are a number of free or low cost tools that can be used to help with writing:

  • Evernote - Make effective notes easily (multi-platform App)
  • Microsoft OneNote - Make notes and write assignments (multi-platform App - including Apple Store / Google Play Store). Login using your University username and password.
  • Mindly - Create mind maps (multi-platform App)
  • Ginger - Spell checking and proofreading (multi-platform App)
  • Grammarly - Check the grammar and spelling of your work (multi-platform App)
  • Speechnotes - Turn your voice into text (Web App and Google Play Store)

Referencing is an important part of academic writing. Zotero can provide support for referencing.

  • Zotero - Collect, organise and cite references (multi-platform App)

Use time management and organisation tools to plan your revision. Apps and software can help with the revision process.

  • Quizlet - Quiz to revise (multi-platform App)
  • Goconqr - An integrated suite of content creation tools for each step of the learning journey (multi-platform App)

See the websites below for a range of other IT resources to help you get the most from the technology available to you:

There are many health and wellbeing tools. For more informaiton see the examples below.

Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS) contact details

+44 (0)20 7320 2848

9:00am to 5:00pm 

Monday to Friday

Tower Building

166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB

 

 

Room: TM1-33

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