Skills Development Centre

Introduction

Are you as effective a learner as you can be? Do you tend to follow an established routine when you study, or do you select specific study tactics based on your study goals and the tasks you need to accomplish? Would you like to know more about how to incorporate the technology you received from ATBC into your overall strategic approach to studying?

The most effective learners are also highly strategic learners. But what does it mean to be a "strategic learner"? A strategic learner has a repertoire, or "toolbox," of actions ("tactics") from which to choose when faced with a study task. Strategic learners set goals and choose the tactics they believe will be best suited for meeting those goals based on the demands of the task.

The goal of the Skills Development Centre is to provide resources that will help you to effectively incorporate your assistive technology into the learning strategies you already use, and to help you build new approaches to studying with your assistive technology.

Please scroll down and explore the links below to access multimedia training videos, printable Tip Sheets, and other resources for your assistive software and hardware. You can also access tactics and tips for integrating assistive technology into your studies, and find out how to perform some basic maintenance on your computer.

Important info Refer to the Legend in the Quick Find sidebar for descriptions of the symbols used on this page.


Assistive Technology

Speech RecognitionSpeech recognition symbol

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Windows

MacSpeech Dictate Apple


Audio RecordingAudio icon

Olympus WS 823 Digital Recorder

Olympus WS 803 Digital Recorder

DS-2400 Digital Recorder Windows Apple

DS-2300 Digital Recorder Windows Apple


Concept MappingConcept Map

Inspiration Windows

XMind External link Windows Apple Linux Free software


Text to Speech and Daisy ReadersText to Speech Symbol

Adaptive Multimedia Information System (AMIS) External link Windows Free software

Kurzweil 3000 Windows Apple

NaturalReader External link Windows Free software

ReadPlease 2003 External link Windows Free software

ReadPlease Plus 2003 External link Windows

Read & Write Gold Windows Apple

TextAloud Windows

Victor Stream


Screen Readers and Magnifiers (for Visual Impairment) Screen reader symbol

ChromeVOX External link Windows Apple Linux Free software

JAWS Windows

Iconico Magnifier External link Windows Free software

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) External link Windows Free software

Orca External link Linux Free software

System Access to Go External link Windows Free software

Thunder External link Windows Free software

VoiceOver External link Apple Free software

Orca External link Linux Free software

ZoomText Windows


Operating SystemsComputer symbol

Linux (Ubuntu) External link Linux Free software

Mac OS Apple

Windows OS Windows


Study StrategiesStudy tip icon

Some tools and tactics you may find useful as you study.

Reading

Writing

Note Taking


System Management & MaintenanceTools symbol

AVG Antivirus Update Windows Video

Disk Cleanup Windows Video

Disk Defragmenting Windows Video

 

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Assistive Technology

Speech Recognition
Audio Recording
Concept Mapping
Text to Speech
Screen Readers / Magnifiers
Operating Systems
Free Low Cost Alternatives

Study Strategies

Reading
Writing
Note Taking

System Management

Antivirus
Disk Tools

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Windows MS Windows
Apple Mac OS
Linux Linux
Free software Free software


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