Assistive technology resources

Attached are a list of mobile applications that students find useful. We do not endorse the use of these apps and there are many more available that you may prefer. You should download and use them at your discretion. I have tried where possible to detail any costs involved however, these costs can change and therefore you should consider any cost implications.

All apps can be downloaded from the The App Store or Google Play.

AppDeviceDescription
Note taking

AudioNote
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Note taking app that synchronises the audio to the notes you are taking. Useful for:
  • Group work Note taking in meetings / lectures
  • Highlighting information
  • Taking photos and using them within notes

Evernote
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Useful text, audio and image note-taking app which allows sharing of notes between devices via an account. Allows for document creation and document storage (word, pdf, etc).

  • Stay organised across all devices
  • Take Notes
  • Capture Photos
  • Create to do lists
  • Improve productivity
  • Work Collaboratively

OneNote
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Notes are saved, searchable, and synchronised to OneNote apps on your other devices. 
  • Share files
  • Take notes
  • Sync notebooks and with Skydrive

Outline
  • iPad
  • Mac
A note-taking app which allows you to create different notebooks for all of the areas of your life.
Document storage

Dropbox
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Convenient (drag and drop) online storage and sharing service.
Useful document sharing features image gallery functionality.

GoogleDrive
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Google drive offers: collaborative authoring; document sharing; cloud service; publishing; peer reviewing; group working.

OneDrive
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
Document sharing; cloud service; group working
Communication

Microsoft Lync
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
NTU uses Microsoft Lync, you can download a Microsoft Lync 2010 app for your mobile device and stay in touch with those on Lync while on the go.
This app is limited to text chatting only, audio, video and desktop sharing is not currently supported.

Skype
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows

More than likely does not need an introduction. Skype is offered as across most mobile devices and is free.

  • Video calls
  • Voice calls
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR Scanner
  • Android
  • iPad
Take a photo of a document and convert it using OCR technology

Turbo Scanner
  • iPad
Extract multiple pages from an image. Simply take a picture of a document that you would like to extract text from and email it to yourself or others.
Text to Speech

ClaroSpeak
  • iPad
This high quality text-to-speech reader will read text. It enables the highlighting of text in time with spoken words. Useful for proof reading and helping with literacy and languages: French and Spanish are available.

TextHelp
  • iPad
TextHelp includes the features of most of the apps above which aid reading, writing and literacy. It aims to support reading fluency (Fluency Tutor); comprehension (Lexiflow); and improved internet navigation (Speechstream). The app includes an e-book reader, Dictionary, Speech and Spelling.
Speech to Text

Dragon
  • iPad
A voice-recognition application. The user can speak into device and instantly see text appear. The app can be used on SMS and e-mail messages and is up to 5 times faster than typing. A wifi/3G connection is required.

Dragon Remote Microphone
  • iPad
Works directly with Dragon on your iPad
Mind Mapping

Simple Mind+
  • iPad
  • Android
This app facilitates brainstorming, idea collating and thought structuring. It enables easy experimenting and editing and offers a range of style, colours and fonts.

Inspiration Maps
  • iPad
A mind mapping app which allows the user to create diagrams which can be built upon. Images taken from the internet or i-pad camera can be used. Templates are provided to guide the user with brainstorming for essays, organising projects and planning for revision. It can be synched with 'Dropbox'.

Mind Genius
  • iPad
Quickly capture and structure your thoughts.
Use Output Tree or Map diagram layouts.
Add multiple branches without interruption
Add branch to access the keyboard then simply Type and select '+' to add multiple branches.
100% compatible with MindGenius desktop version; Notes, categories, resources, pictures and action properties are all retained.

Prezi
  • iPad
Create presentations. Use pre created templates and add text and images.
Dictionairies/ Thesaurus

Wordweb
  • iPad
  • Android
An English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references. The free version includes definitions and synonyms as well as audio and text pronunciations.

Dictionary.com
  • iPad
  • Android
As with Wordweb above, this app offers over 2,000,000 definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also provides audio pronunciation and example usage in sentences.