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Apps for AAC - By Greg O'Connor

Reading Support


Device Description Video Comments

Blio


Free
iPhone iPad Android Blio is an eBook Reader with built in text-to-speech. You can download books you've bought from the Blio Bookstore, or you can add as many free books as you like, in EPUB, PDF, or XPS formats, via iTunes or the web. Video of Blio 1:05 As long as iBooks has very few books with text-to-spech, Blio is a worthwhile alternative for those who require this feature when reading ebooks.

BuzzVoice


AU $N/A
US $3.99
iPhone iPad Android BuzzVoice lets you listen to the web's top news & blogs. It collects the stories you want to read, converts them into audio. Create your personal playlist from over 1,600 of the web's top sources. Video of BuzzVoice 2:54 So much online content can be accessed and read. Worth checking out though a little cluttered for my liking.

Claro PDF


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad ClaroPDF is an accessible PDF Viewer, Reader and Annotator. View text PDF files and listen to them with a human quality voice and synchronized highlighting. Annotate and mark up text or image PDF files with full compatibility with other popular PDF apps and PDF programs in Windows and Mac. ClaroPDF is designed as an accessible productivity, reading and study PDF tool for all. Video of Claro PDF 2:19 Great PDF annotation tools and accessibility features. Recommended as a PDF app to support reading and study skills.

ClaroSpeak Australian Edition


AU $3.79
US $N/A
iPhone iPad ClaroSpeak is a high-quality text to speech reader capable of speaking any accessible text with a range of human high-quality voices. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in sync with the spoken words and a great range of colour and font settings to allow for optimum reading. ClaroSpeak is a quality app for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy development and creating audio files from any text. The latest update has capture text from photo option available as in-app purchase and Google drive integration. The app is available to be purchased separately for a range of voices including US, UK, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Polish and Swedish. Video of ClaroSpeak Australian Edition 2:09 This app has high quality Australian voices and also includes includes speech recognition. Text can be saved as a text file or audio file, and this can be published via either email or SMS.

Creative Book Builder


AU $4.99
US $3.99
iPhone iPad Creative Book Builder allows you to create, edit and publish your own ebooks on the iPad or iPod Touch. All published ebooks can be read by any ePub reader including iBooks. Book content can include text, images, audio files and video. Video of Creative Book Builder 9:41 A highly recommended app for producing your own ebooks. We love this app to support literacy programs and produce social stories rich with multimedia content relevant to the student or situation.

Dragon Search


AU Free
US $N/A
iPhone iPad "Dragon Search allows you to search online content on your iPhone using your voice. Simply speak your search queries and get simultaneous results from a variety of websites and content sources including: Google, YouTube, Twitter Search, iTunes and Wikipedia." Video of Dragon Search 1:23 Worked with a high level of accuracy searching Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Youtube.

firefly K3000


Free
iPad The firefly K3000 app is by Kurzweil Educational Systems for the iPad as an mobile extension to the Kurzweil 3000 software. The firefly iPad app delivers core text-to-speech reading functions with speed, voice, and pacing accommodations; and access to the shared Universal Library content available to Kurzweil 3000 - firefly Web License customers. Video of firefly K3000 4:08 To have full functionality of this app you need to be a Kurzweil 3000 - firefly Web License customer.

Instapaper


AU $4.99
US $3.99
iPhone iPad Android Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad screen. Articles are easily customised in relation to font, font size etc and there is dictionary support. Video of Instapaper 4:35 Hard to know which of these two offline web page readers is best. For a nice comparison video see http://bit.ly/dgEpWc

iReadWrite


AU $36.99
US $N/A
iPad Reading and writing app that runs directly on the iPad with no Wi-Fi or 3G access necessary. It includes powerful support features that benefit struggling readers and writers of all ages, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. These support features  include: Text-to-speech Word Prediction Phonetic Spell Checker Homophone and Confusables Checker Dictionary Picture Dictionary Customizable Background and Text Colors Choice of Voices and Fonts Importing and Sharing documents   Video of iReadWrite 3:09 This app provides advanced features in relation to iPad support for struggling readers and writers. Apart from the many reading and word prediction features, we particularly like the vocabulary and comprehension support available via the speech enabled dictionary, and the use of symbol support for meaning. Uses of the software Texthelp Read&Write will find this app will compliment their computer based technology.

Knowtilus Pro


AU $5.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad "Knowtilus Pro is a web browser, text editor, text to speech tool, translator and sketcher all in one.A list of the features of the versatile include: Automatically strips the superfluous information (Ads, Banners, etc.) from web pages and shows the main content in a single column of easy-to-read clean text. Saves content to a Reading List which is available in offline mode. Translates web pages or documents from to more than 28 languages, and reads aloud translations. Shares and copies content between the Web and text editor. Exports docs in text or PDF via email, iTunes File Sharing or Evernote, Tumblr, etc. Integrated Interactive Digital Assistant that can read aloud webpages, RSS feeds, etc. in more than 20 languages. Opens web files with extensions .epub, .pdf, .ppt, .doc, rtf, .avi, .key, .xls, .zip, .rar, .pages, .numbers. Drawing tool using your finger directly over web pages and text documents, create sketches and share them. Integrated QR/barcode scanner to open web pages. " N/AA great recent addition to the list of apps that support reading and writing. It is packed full of features that cetainly makes the cost worthwhile, and makes it a leader in this field of literacy support apps.

NeoKate


AU Free
US $N/A
iPhone iPad NeoKate is a Text-To-Speech App that uses NeoSpeech Kate's voice (US English female). See also NeoJulie and NeoPaul as separate apps. N/AA simple but very effective text-to-speech app which uses naturally sounding voices which are adjustable re: speed, pitch and volume.

PDF Expert 5


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPad PDF Expert 5 is an app to support reading, annotating or editing PDF documents on the iPad. It allows you to markup documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. PDF Expert provides the ability to fill out PDF forms on the iPad. You can open various file formats such as iWork, MS Office, Power Point, text files, images, even music and video files, etc. PDF Expert 5 intelligently processes PDF books and uses iOS7 text- to-speech API to read them aloud. Video of PDF Expert 5 1:41 Connect via Google Drive or Dropbox too.

Pocket (Formerly Read It Later)


Free
iPhone iPad Android Pocket lets you take your content with you. Whenever you come across an interesting article, video, or website you want to check out later, you no longer have to send yourself links or bookmark items in your browser. Simply put it in your Pocket.   Once something is in your Pocket, it automatically syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, without an Internet connection. Video of Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) 1:40 Great app to help to remove clutter of a website and provide a customised reading format. Utilize Speak Selection setting to have text-to-speech too.

Read 2 me


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad Import text files, including text files form Gutenberg.org and Google Docs, and have them read back using text-to-speech synthesizer from Acapela. Also integrates with the Dragon Dictate app. Video of Read 2 me 3:22 Can only read .txt files. For more information see http://www.read2meapp.com/faq.html

Read2Go


AU $24.99
US $19.99
iPhone iPad Read2Go is an app you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership, as well as read DAISY books from other sources. The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences. Read2Go features word-by-word highlighting for multi-modal reading. Video of Read2Go 1:56 Membership to Bookshare, a USA based a nonprofit organization, required. For international membership see https://www.bookshare.org/_/membership/international

Readability Score


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Simply type or copy in text, and the app will determine an accuarte Flesch readability score and grade. It also provides a quick grammatical analysis of the text and word count. N/AA great app to give you a sense of the complexity of text. Good when attempting to write documents in plain language. Also great for providing detailed feedback about the grammar used in the text.

Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad QR reader and barcode scanner that will capture text using OCR, read it back using text-to-speech, and also translate. Video of Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader 1:02 A simple and effective QR reader.

SocialSpeech: Speech-to-Text and Voice Recognition for Facebook Status Updates and Twitter Tweets


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad SocialSpeech speaks Facebook wall statuses and Twitter tweets of people you follow. You are also able to post Facebook status updates and tweets using speech recognition. Includes a range of voices including Asian and Australian, and some voices will translate to the specified languages. Video of SocialSpeech: Speech-to-Text and Voice Recognition for Facebook Status Updates and Twitter Tweets 4:30 A simple but versatile app for those wanting to access Facebook and twitter with reading and writing support. Also has the ability to provide basic translation in European and non-European voices.

Speak It!


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad Now version 2. Copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you. You can also create audio files of the text to speech that can then be saved and emailed. Video of Speak It! 9:30 Text to audio and highlighting both good features, as it creating an audio file. Audio only created in .aiff format though.

SpeakText


Free
iPhone iPad SpeakText will read and translate text from documents and web pages. You do not need to type in any text or copy & paste, just touch and hold (long press) on the web page, document to select the area, then it will read & translate with voice instantly. SpeakText will read and translate in 30+ languages sentence by sentence. Video of SpeakText 3:27 The FREE version is limited to read & translate few sentences only and with sponsored ads.

vBookz


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad vBookz is an ePub book reader that reads out loud. You can read your own ePub texts or access over 30,000 Classics free of charge! vBookz has a magnifying glass interface, using a magnifying glass to follow the text as the book is being read. Video of vBookz 1:01 Magnifying glass a bit 'novel' (pardon the pun) but great to have an ebook reader that has Text-to-Speech built in.

vBookz PDF Voice Reader


Free
iPhone iPad vBookz PDF Voice Reader is an app that reads your PDF files aloud. An interactive cursor provides highlighting as you read allowing you to follow along with the text-to-speech, pause reading and repeat lines. vBookz PDF Voice Reader is a live text-to-speech generator with no need for conversion nor stored audio files, and can read in 16 different languages. Video of vBookz PDF Voice Reader 0:38 The only PDF reader that retains the original format of the PDF document. Recommended for accessing PDF documents using text-to-speech.

Voice Brief


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Listen to your Facebook feed, Twitter feed, Gmail, RSS feed, weather, calendar, and more with the apps text-to-speech. Video of Voice Brief 3:05 Effective for accessing social media with text-to-speech.

Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPhone iPad Voice Dream Reader provides text-to-speech support. The app extracts text from almost anything you want to read, including PDF documents, and will speak the text with text highlighting. The app provides full multilingual capabilities, automatic language detection, and translation. It comes with a US voice, with additional voices available as an in-app purchase. In addition it has DropBox and Instapaper integration. Video of Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech 5:49

Voice Reader Text to Speech


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Using voice output in 21 languages and 32 voices this app can copy text from emails, websites, documents, notes or other applications including PDFs. Access PDF files from other applications such as Dropbox, E-Mail, Safari etc. via the “open in” menu or use the file synchronization option in iTunes for sharing and reading pdf and text files. A really important feature is the ability to save and share these documents as audio files. Video of Voice Reader Text to Speech 2:18 A versatile text to speech app that allows access to text from PDF documents, and to convert this text to audio.

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OCR


Device Description Video Comments

CamScanner+


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad Android A portable scanner, with which all your paper documents, receipts, notes, whiteboard discussions can be archived anywhere at anytime. Image cropping and Image enhancement algorithm ensures the scanned images perfectly clear and recognizable Video of CamScanner+ 2:36 A reliable scanner for saving documents as images.

ClaroSpeak Australian Edition


AU $3.79
US $N/A
iPhone iPad ClaroSpeak is a high-quality text to speech reader capable of speaking any accessible text with a range of human high-quality voices. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in sync with the spoken words and a great range of colour and font settings to allow for optimum reading. ClaroSpeak is a quality app for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy development and creating audio files from any text. The latest update has capture text from photo option available as in-app purchase and Google drive integration. The app is available to be purchased separately for a range of voices including US, UK, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Polish and Swedish. Video of ClaroSpeak Australian Edition 2:09 This app has high quality Australian voices and also includes includes speech recognition. Text can be saved as a text file or audio file, and this can be published via either email or SMS.

MyScanner


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone MyScanner lets you snap photos of paper documents, and converts them to PDF documents. It has built in image editing tools, so you can resize, crop, and adjust contrast and brightness before converting your image to PDF. Store the PDF on your device or send it with the built in email feature. N/AGreat for scanning and saving documents as PDF.

Pixter Scanner OCR


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Pixter Scan OCR extracts text from your pictures. It turns your iPhone/iPad into a multi-functional mobile scanner with translation capability.  Snap a photo or choose an existing one from your library and the app will  extract your text from the picture.  Pixter Scan OCR turns your physical documents into a digital notes that you can edit, translate or share to many apps.  It also uses an advanced image-processing algorithms to eliminate uneven lighting and shadows and improve Video of Pixter Scanner OCR 0:47 Another great OCR app.

Prizmo - Scanning, OCR, and Speech


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPhone iPad Prizmo is a universal photo-based scanner app that lets you scan and recognise text documents, business cards, signage and posters, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG. Prizmo is fully compatible with VoiceOver. It provides voice guidance to help position your iPhone when taking document pictures, and will find the text orientation automatically if it's turned left, right or upside down. Prizmo's quick capture mode provides a fast path from picture to text-to-speech, and it provides a high-quality voice reader (individual voices available as in-app purchases). Video of Prizmo - Scanning, OCR, and Speech 3:23 Very reliable for OCR with Text to speech. An essential part of a literacy support tool kit for many students and their teachers.

TextGrabber + Translator


AU $18.99
US $14.99
iPhone TextGrabber + Translator turns your iPhone into a multifunctional mobile scanner with translation capability using ABBYY's Mobile OCR Technology,. Take a picture of the text, and you can immediately edit it or translate it. The application is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. NOTE: Not designed to work with iPod Touch/iPad/ iPhone 3G due to cameras inability to auto-focus. Video of TextGrabber + Translator 1:09 Finally mobile OCR that works! If it added text-to-speech it be an absolute winner, but still by far the best OCR app available. With the ability to translate instantly in over 60 langugaes, it also serves as a very useful travel app - for example restaurant menu in a different language, no problem, just scan and translate into your preferred language. Where was this when I was travelling in my student days!

ZoomReader


AU $24.99
US $19.99
iPhone In combination with your iOS device's built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you using a natural-sounding voice. Video of ZoomReader 77:39 Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (5th generation).

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Writing and Notetaking Support


Device Description Video Comments

7notes HD Premium


AU $9.99
US $7.99
iPad This is a note taking tool optimised for the iPad. Input features include typing, word prediction, handwriting, and handwriting recognition. Documents can be shared and published via social media, email, Evernote, and saved as text, PDF, an image and a 7notes document. Video of 7notes HD Premium 3:50 An app that provides a range of note taking options - recommended.

Abilipad


AU $24.99
US $19.99
iPad This app combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech and a customizable keyboard. The Keyboard Editor gives you the ability to create keyboard layouts that best suit your needs. You can merge cells to form larger keys, and provide keyboards that can support the entering of letters, words or sentences. You can also create audio recordings that are played when a key is pressed. Video of Abilipad 17:35 Abilipad provides a great way to provide a range of scaffolds to support the writing process for students. While it is intuitive it is highly recommended to take time to explore the tutorial videos and instructions to ensure maximum use of this app.

AppWriter English


AU $49.99
US $N/A
iPad AppWriter is a text editor app specifically designed for people with reading and writing disabilities. The first app to include the Dyslexic Font, AppWriter provides both text to speech and word prediction features. The read aloud feature enables all menus and buttons can be read aloud, highlighting as you read, and provides different reading strategies including read from cursor position, selection of text, sentence by sentence, words as you type, and characters as you type. The word prediction feature provides context based word suggestions. Video of AppWriter English 13:12 A great app. We like the way documents can also be saved on the iPad or published via email, DropBox an Google Docs. What is really cool is the take a photo of text and have it read back to you feature (only on the new iPad) and the fact that this app does not require WiFi or 3G access. Worth checking out.

AudioNote


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad Android AudioNote is for taking notes while at the same time making sound recordings, and keeping them synchronized, note by note, with the text. Video of AudioNote 8:55 Support writing notes using you finger or stylus. As well as entered text, the audio is synchronised with these drawings as well. I like the way it highlights text and drawings as it plays back.

Audiotorium


AU $7.49
US $5.99
iPad Record, organise, review and share your audio and text notes from your meetings, classes, and conferences. Integration with Dropbox, and TextExpander which allows you to instantly insert the date, time, common phrases or any other text with just a few keystrokes. Video of Audiotorium 7:52 A recommended note taking app that some great features. The integration with TextExpander allows you to define your own abbreviations for often-used text that is specific to your note taking subject. When taking notes in classes, this will make entering commonly used terms and phrases much easier.

Awesome Note HD


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPad Post-It note style note taker and to-do list generator. Syncs with Google Docs and EverNote. Video of Awesome Note HD 10:32 Allows the use of images and drawing but not audio unfortunately. However use of coloured tabs, icons and Post-It Note display may suit many users.

CaptureNotes 2


AU $7.49
US $5.99
iPad CaptureNotes 2 is a notebook app that allows the user to to record audio while taking typed or handwritten notes. Video of CaptureNotes 2 0:59

Circus Ponies Notebook


AU $N/A
US $29.99
iPad Circus Ponies NoteBook is an app for taking notes on the iPad. You can take notes using multiple fonts, styles, and colours, add attachments to your notes, use a full-featured outliner for creating a hierarchical list (a list with sub-items), use its voice annotation feature to record someone speaking while you take your notes, and add diagrams, flow charts and sketches to any page using a pre-built collection of shapes and line styles or by using your finger to sketch. Video of Circus Ponies Notebook 8:55 Lots of great features, I guess hence the price.

Clicker Connect


AU $38.99
US $30.99
Clicker Connect enables young learners and struggling writers to take their first steps to independent writing by using words and phrases to build coherent text. Clicker Connect is the latest addition to Crick Software’s Clicker Apps family, and sits between the Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs apps. Students can choose from clusters of words, phrases and pictures to produce their own writing. As each sentence is completed, it is spoken aloud, helping learners to review and correct what they have written.   Learners can listen to words and phrases in the grid before using them, to help them choose how they want to convey their ideas. N/A

Clicker Docs


AU $38.99
US $30.99
iPad A writing tool that provides differentiated support for students of all abilities. Students can review their writing with clear speech, develop a vocabulary and spelling with word prediction, build writing confidence with customised word banks and listen to words before they write and as they write them into a document. Video of Clicker Docs 5:21 Fantastic writing tool that compliments Clicker 6 software and provides lots of options to customise the word banks and keyboard for diverse learners.

Clicker Sentences


AU $36.99
US $28.99
iPad An early writing tool that enables students to build sentences with whole words by creating sentence sets with differentiated support. Create your own customised sentence sets for the student where the words can be in alphabetical, sentence, random or forced order with built in picture support from the iPad camera roll or camera. Video of Clicker Sentences 5:21 Great app for developing early writing skills, with and a range of features to support students at different levels. Access additional sentence sets from LearningGrids within the app.

Co:Writer


AU $24.99
US $19.99
iPhone iPad  Co:Writer is a writing tool using word prediction that aids with phonetic/inventive spelling, grammar, and topic-related vocabulary. Co:Writer enables those with significant grammar and spelling barriers to write fluently. As you write, Co:Writer interprets spelling mistakes and offers words with correct grammar and spelling in real-time, supporting struggling writers “in the moment.” Topic Dictionaries can give quick access to curriculum vocabulary in all key subject areas. Video of Co:Writer 5:05 An essential writing app for struggling writers. See Katie's blog post http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apps-and-mobile-learning/teaching-and-learning/cowriter-now-available-for-ios/

Dragon Dictation


Free
iPhone iPad Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Video of Dragon Dictation 5:48 Great accuracy rate without the need to train or develop a voice profile.

Dragon Remote Microphone


Free
iPhone iPad The Dragon Remote Microphone app turns the iPhone into a wireless microphone making it easier and more comfortable for individuals to use their Dragon Desktop software. Instead of using the microphone that comes in the retail box, users can now opt to use their iPhone as a microphone instead. Video of Dragon Remote Microphone 2:36 Downloaded but I haven't tested this yet. Looks great I must say.

DropVox


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad DropVox records audio and sends it directly to your Dropbox account in quality M4A format Video of DropVox 2:04 You have an assessment task that can be submitted as audio? Use DropVox to quickly send your recording to Dropbox for sharing with others.

Explain Everything


AU $3.79
US $2.99
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Video of Explain Everything 13:32 An essential app for both teacher and student, and for both writing and access to content and information.

Ghostwriter Notes


AU $5.49
US $N/A
iPad Ghostwriter provides the ability to take notes via the keyboard or by using your finger for handwriting or drawing. Import documents and annotate PDF documents, and paste in images, with smooth Dropbox and Evernote integration. Save completed note as a PDF. Video of Ghostwriter Notes 4:55 Integrates typing, handwriting and document importation to allow for notetaking, which is then easily shared as a PDF. Worthwhile exploring.

HeyTell


Free
iPhone iPad Android HeyTell is a voice messenger app that allows you to send and receive voice messages with other HeyTell users rather than use text based communication programs such as email or SMS. Works on 3G or WiFi. Video of HeyTell 2:51 A kind of cool walkie talkie. Lots of possible uses in the classroom.

iReadWrite


AU $36.99
US $N/A
iPad Reading and writing app that runs directly on the iPad with no Wi-Fi or 3G access necessary. It includes powerful support features that benefit struggling readers and writers of all ages, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. These support features  include: Text-to-speech Word Prediction Phonetic Spell Checker Homophone and Confusables Checker Dictionary Picture Dictionary Customizable Background and Text Colors Choice of Voices and Fonts Importing and Sharing documents   Video of iReadWrite 3:09 This app provides advanced features in relation to iPad support for struggling readers and writers. Apart from the many reading and word prediction features, we particularly like the vocabulary and comprehension support available via the speech enabled dictionary, and the use of symbol support for meaning. Uses of the software Texthelp Read&Write will find this app will compliment their computer based technology.

iWordQ UK


AU $31.99
US $24.99
iPad iWordQ UK (English) is an easy-to-use writing and reading text to speech application to assist struggling writers, readers and people with communication impairment. In Writing mode, a simple text editor is used for writing with the support of word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and speech feedback features. Spell-check and dictionary access is included. Use speech recognition with an iPad 3, 4, mini. In Reading mode, text is shown in a more visually pleasing manner to improve readability. This is used for proofreading, reading to learn, silent reading, reading aloud, and casual reading/listening. A novel text chunking method (patent-pending) can be selected to enhance comprehension and readability of text to allow you to focus on one text chunk at a time. Video of iWordQ UK 0:57 A multi-featured writing app specifically for struggling writers.

Mental Note


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPad A digital notepad that combines pictures, voice recordings, drawings and text. Video of Mental Note 3:48 Audio not in sync with entry of text or drawing.

MyScript Notes Mobile


AU $9.99
US $7.99
MyScript makes all your handwritten text automatically searchable and interactive. Inbuilt hand writing recognition is available as well. Add voice notes, annotate PDF and even complete maths equations with inbuilt computation. Video of MyScript Notes Mobile 1:09 Very functional handwriting recognition app!

Notability


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad Notability is an integrated note-taking app for iPad that automatically links notes with audio recordings. Notability supports all of your note-taking needs -- handwriting, PDF annotation, and word processing, and allows the insertion of photos, web clips, figures and writing blocks. The later can all be moved and resized with your note as required. Video of Notability 6:25 An app that provides a range of supports for those who struggle with note taking. Highly recommended.

Notes Plus


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPad Notes Plus is a powerful note-taking tool that supports handwriting, typing, audio recording and document annotation, among other things. Special features include close-up writing mode, beautiful ink effects, shape detection, a complete folder structure, a variety of export options, automatic backup to Dropbox and so forth. Video of Notes Plus 2:59 Very feature rich app. There has been more than 3 years of continuous development, 27 version upgrades, 3 complete overhauls, and 6 million downloads!

Pages


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPhone iPad Apple word processor that will also import and edit Microsoft Word and plain text files using Mail, a WebDAV service, or iTunes File Sharing. Video of Pages 6:19 Sets the standard for all iOS word processors.

Panther Writer


AU $37.99
US $29.99
iPad Panther Writer offers a variety of keyboards designed to address different typing needs. If an individual struggles with the generic Apple keyboard, this app provides you with a number of cool options. It has been designed for individuals with physical motor challenges and offers a variety of features such as word prediction and publishing tools to make writing easier. Video of Panther Writer 3:28 Great to have some alternative options for keyboard layouts for struggling writers. A large number of options to share and publish writing through social media, email and copying to paste in other apps. Would be nice to see text to speech support built in.

PaperDesk Pro


AU $4.99
US $3.99
iPad PaperDesk Pro allows you to take notes without dragging around loads of paper, notebooks or notepad, pencils, and pens to your next class or meeting. PaperDesk Pro is made specifically for the iPad. Write and type, record audio, add images with your iPad's camera, and sketch, all on the same page.  Most popular exporting options are here, including Dropbox with autosync. Video of PaperDesk Pro 8:21 Adding to what is becoming a crowded note taking with recorded audio app space. Maybe try the lite version first?

PaperPort Notes


Free
iPad PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool. It allows you to combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document, while at the same time providing a range of features to take your own notes including typed text, Dragon voice recognition, hand written notes and audio. Access to and sharing of documents is via the cloud, email and the iPad.   Video of PaperPort Notes 1:31 One of the better note taking apps that incorporates a range of multiple input methods to support students who need more than just keyboard input.

Path Input Pro


AU $4.99
US $3.99
Input a word by drawing its path on the keyboard. For example, to input the word "book", you can touch down your finger at key 'B', move to key 'O', then to key 'K' and lift up your finger. This input mode can tolerate the error. In the above case, if you lift up your finger at key 'L', you can also get the word "book" since "bol", "bool" or "boll" is not meaningful or common English word. When you input words continuously with Path Input, the space between them will be automatically inserted. Using the built in word prediction, you can input any long word by only drawing its prefix. For example, to input word "quickness", you can only draw the path "q-u-i-c-k-n". Video of Path Input Pro 5:31 Another very versatile swipe keyboard app.

Penultimate by Evernote


Free
iPad Handwriting and sketching app. As part of the Evernote family of products, Penultimate will quickly become one of the core productivity apps on your iPad. Store your Penultimate notes in notebooks, separated by topic, project, or category. Every Penultimate note is synced to your Evernote account automatically, where you can view, search and share them across all of your devices. Video of Penultimate by Evernote 7:11 An app for those who need to take notes with handwriting and have it sync with Evernote.

PhatPad


AU $9.99
US $7.99
iPad PhatPad enables you to draw pictures, jot notes, or put a mixture of drawings, images, audio recordings, handwritten and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The included handwriting recognition engine automatically converts your handwritten notes into digital text, and takes objects you scribble and translates them to perfectly formed shapes. Use PhatPad's Presentation mode, to create quick presentations and display them on your iPad. Share them via email, WiFi sync, iTunes, Box, Dropbox, Evernote (PDF), SkyDrive, Google Drive, or presentation mode. Video of PhatPad 1:09 The handwriting recognition adds to the flexibility of this versatile app to support note taking. Highly recommended.

QuickVoice2Text Email (PRO Recorder)


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad QuickVoice2Text Email (PRO Recorder) records ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, lectures or whatever you need to have as an audio copy. Video of QuickVoice2Text Email (PRO Recorder) 3:15 Perfect for email using audio rather than text, or for sending an email without the need to type.

ReplayNote


AU $5.49
US $4.99
iPad ReplayNote is an app that records your drawing, writing, pictures and voice, then converts it to YouTube video. You can record meetings, or you can ask questions or explain something that cannot be easily expressed with text. Video of ReplayNote 1:42 This works well as an alternative way to express what you know - via video. I found it easy to use. A great tool for teachers to provide alternative format to represent instructional material too.

SnapType


Free
SnapType is an Occupational Therapy app that helps students who have difficulty writing. Students can take pictures of their worksheets in class and use the iPad keyboard to type in answers. Take a picture of your school worksheet and add text. N/A

SonicPics


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad SonicPics is an app that turns your images into slideshow movies to share with family and friends with custom narration recorded. Once completed the story is turned into an enhanced m4v movie. Video of SonicPics 6:19 This app has a very intuitive user interface that you can use without too much instruction. We like that you can export your story as a movie. A welcome addition would be switch accessibility seeing as the user interface is so simple.

SoundNote


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPhone iPad Android SoundNote allows you to take notes and record audio, tracking what you type and draw while recording the audio. During playback, just tap a word: SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio. Video of SoundNote 5:27 An app version of the Livescribe Pen.

Sundry Notes


AU $3.79
US $N/A
iPad A free note taking app that lets you write text, draw anywhere in your notes, search any website - and grab images from them for your notes, import PDFs from the internet, import images from your photo library, record sound/voice and create tables. Video of Sundry Notes 1:01 For a free app this has lots of features. A good place to start to trial note taking features.

SWYPE Pro Input Method - Swipe to Type


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad Android This app allows you to swipe through the keyboard in order to type quickly, and includes a predictive dictionary. Video of SWYPE Pro Input Method - Swipe to Type 1:21 More and more swype/swipe keyboard apps now available. Just swipe to find more!

TinyVox Pro


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPhone iPad TinyVox is voicemail for iMessage, Twitter, email, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud, and you can post a tape with a photo to YouTube. It also gives you a URL you can quickly paste anywhere, like in Facebook comments and to generate a QR Code. Video of TinyVox Pro 8:30 The use for the app to provide audio as an alternative to text is only limited by your imagination!

Typ-O HD


AU $18.99
US $14.99
iPhone iPad Word prediction app with text-to-speech and spell checker. Video of Typ-O HD 4:29 An app that provides word prediction with a range of options to support an individuals requirements. One of the early word prediction apps and still worth checking out.

WriteOnline


AU $38.99
US $30.99
iPad Based on our incredibly popular talking word processor, the WriteOnline App provides secondary school and post-school students with age-appropriate support throughout the writing process. The intelligent word predictor suggests words that fit the context of students’ writing, encouraging them to use more adventurous vocabulary and helping them to create flowing, grammatically correct text with accurate spelling, supported by a talking spellchecker!  Wordbars provide tabbed vocabulary support for any subject or topic, with the ability to make your own Wordbars with alphabetical or labelled tabs, and use the free, ready-made Wordbars from the LearningGrids site, readily accessible from within the app.   Use the built-in Dropbox support to share Wordbars and documents across iPads. Video of WriteOnline 3:36 Great top be able to access the WriteOnline support features anywhere with no need for an Internet connection.

WritePad for iPad


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad Android WritePad lets you take notes in your own handwriting with an iPad stylus or your finger. The handwriting recognition software will adapt and learn your style of writing. You can use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters. WritePad has a spell checker with its own custom dictionary, a context analyzer, auto-corrector, and a Shorthand feature that fills-in words and phrases you frequently use, once entered into the Shorthand Editor. Video of WritePad for iPad 5:57 Great app if you find using the onscreen keyboard difficult or prefer to enter text via handwriting. Lots of great built in features - for more detail go to http://bit.ly/aqinA6

Writing Buddy


AU $8.99
US $6.99
iPhone iPad Dr. Peet's WritingBuddy gives young children learning to read, people with special needs and people learning English as a second language a personal talking writing laboratory and the power to use their writing immediately to text mum, email grandma, search cartoons, maps or general info on the web. Video of Writing Buddy 2:08 There is a detailed "help" section that outlines how to change settings. We love that you can add photos to your contacts for easy recognition. This app allows you to actually use the text you have written for a purpose - very motivating.

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Mind Mapping


Device Description Video Comments

Inspiration Maps


AU $12.99
US $9.99
iPad Use Inspiration Maps to help brainstorm, plan, organise and build thinking skills. A useful tool for pre-writing and helping to organise ideas. Video of Inspiration Maps 2:43 Check out the version for younger students - Kidspiration Maps.

iThoughts HD


AU $N/A
US $9.99
iPad iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. NB: If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch then please check out iThoughts. Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information Video of iThoughts HD 4:00 Effective mind mapping tool.

Popplet


AU $6.49
US $4.99
iPad Popplet is a mind mapping app with a super simple interface. Video of Popplet 4:47 Very easy to use and has some great collaborative features.

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Organisational


Device Description Video Comments

Alarmed: Reminders + Timers


Free
iPhone iPad Pop-up reminder alerts with repeat scheduling, flexible snooze and full customisation. Pop-up timers with custom messages, countdown / countup and pause.  Over 80 custom sounds included. N/AUse Siri to create reminders and import from the Reminders app into Alarmed, and iCloud syncing among iOS devices.

DOOO


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad DOOO is a"to do" list app for organizing your ideas using text, pictures,voices, sketches, and your location. Video of DOOO 2:37 Learning to use the interface can be a bit tricky, but we like the ability to include voice, images and location in a to do list. Another problem is that it’s an offline app so does not sync between devices.

Evernote


Free
iPhone iPad Whether you're writing a paper or studying for a test, odds are you spend more time gathering the pieces than actually working. Getting all of your notes together, hunting for quotes, and tracking down bibliographical information takes at least as long, if not longer, as writing the paper itself. In a group situation, sharing research and collaborating on the production of one document is even more difficult without the proper tools. Enter Evernote. For students, it's an invaluable way to organise research and streamline the collaboration process. Video of Evernote 9:56

Forgetful


Free
iPhone iPad Forgetful stores your Text, Audio or Video reminders, to-do list and keeps you notified as each important reminder becomes due. Record things you need to-do or aims/goals you want to achieve instantly and be reminded at any time in the future. View your reminders / todo items in separate Current and Pending lists. N/AAllows for differentiation in a to do list app by including text, audio and video.

inClass


Free
iPhone iPad inClass is a student organiser that will help you keep track of all your courses and alert you before class, and help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon. In addition inClass will help you take notes including video notes, audio notes, and photo notes. inClass also has the ability to know which class you are in and associate that note to your class. Video of inClass 3:59 This is a great app not only for keeping yourself organised but also for the ability to add notes in class including audio, picture and video.

iVoice Reminder


AU $2.49
US $1.99
iPhone iPad

An easy-to-use and well-designed voice reminder tool with background notification. It will help you to save a lot of time by not having to type anything. You can also get alerts to listen to your recordings at the date & time you set.

Video of iVoice Reminder 5:31 Very effective reminder app. Would be great to be able to edit your own labels to allow a customised, typing free interface. Maybe next update?

List Recorder


AU $1.29
US $0.99
iPhone iPad List Recorder combines making lists with an easy to use audio recorder. Lets you quickly jot down and organise information as audio, text or both. N/AGreat as both a visual and audio list for those who needs support with reminders, or for a sequence of tasks.

Mylillist


AU $1.29
US $0.99
Easily create and share lists to "tick off" together with family, friends, teachers and others. N/AIts strength is its simplicity.

Nozbe


Free
iPhone iPad Android Nozbe is a tool that helps teachers and students organise time and projects. Video of Nozbe 14:58 A productivity app that helps you get organised and keep 'to do' lists. It also integrates with Evernote too!

Paper Helper


AU $1.29
US $0.99
iPad PaperHelper splits your iPad screen in half providing you with a Internet Browser and a Document writer. Video of Paper Helper 2:11 Very handy app to support multi-tasking across two screens.

Picture Scheduler


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Picture Scheduler is a task organiser optimised for creating and organising personal tasks. The app incorporates visual and auditory supports. N/AThis app developed for people with disabilities and autism, but it is great for everyone - particularly anyone wanting to create visual tasks with attached audio, video or picture.

Side by Side


Free
iPad Multi-tasking app that allows you to split the screen x 4. Side by Side is a multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel. You can browse webpages, download files, read documents, or take notes on each split screen. Video of Side by Side 4:07 Lots of features makes this multi-tasking app worth exploring.

Sling Note


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPad Side by Side allows you to do many tasks which normally require switching between applications by splitting the iPad screen in two. Video of Sling Note 6:15 Another great multi-tasking app for consideration.

TubeNotes


AU $4.99
US $3.99
iPad Android Create  video-notes on exact video positions when watching YouTube lectures or instructional materials. Export them as PDF- and Text-File or share them with others. N/AA tool to support the digital literacy skill of gaining meaning from video instruction.

Voice reminder


AU $3.79
US $2.99
iPhone iPad Voice Reminders allows you to make reminders for your schedule by speaking your reminder needs. You can also use record reminders and customise your alerts. Video of Voice reminder 8:04 Very effective. Now I have a reminder to put the rubbish bins out on a Thursday evening!

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Reference


Device Description Video Comments

Dictionary.com


Free
iPhone iPad Android The free Dictionary.com app includes over 2,000,000 words and definitions and synonyms and antonyms. No Internet connection is needed. The app features audio pronunciations, similarly spelled words and Word of the Day. Video of Dictionary.com 3:14

Easy APA Referencing


AU $2.49
US $1.99
Automatically gather references from book barcodes or Choose which type of reference you would like to cite from,enter the details and both the in-text and end references will be generated in the APA Referencing format.  Save references for future use, and email all as a bibliography to simply cut and paste to the end of your assignment. N/AWow, this is a huge time saver and helps those who struggle with gathering and formatting references sources. Also avilable in Harvard, Chicago & MLA referencing styles.

EasyBib


Free
iPhone iPad Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com's popular bibliography management service. Video of EasyBib 2:37 Works best with iPhone 4 or 5. Also works with iPad and iPod Touch, but camera on these devices requires that barcodes need to be held steady and at a proper distance for the scanner to pick up.

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This list updated 14th Feburary 2014.

List compiled by Greg O'Connor, Trelise Stoneham, Charlene Cullen, Amanda Hartmann and Katie Lyon and can be found at www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/apps-for-literacy-support

All YouTube videos are also available at Greg O'Connor's YouTube Channel http://bit.ly/literacyappsvideos This is an external link

Contact details for this list - trelises@spectronics.com.au

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