Hardware & simple apps – Assistive technology tools

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There are new tools and apps being developed regularly across devices. Here are some that learners have found useful, but it is worth looking more widely at what is available.



This is a device shaped like a pen that can read written text out loud (such as whiteboards, papers, books etc). It can also store text to listen to later, as well as record speech.

  • Dictionary provides word definitions.
  • Read aloud written text.
  • Portable and can plug headphones into it.
  • Voice recorder.
  • No wifi required.
  • Can store scanned text (and scan text into computer).

Voice memo apps

Apple and Android both have a range of voice memo apps that can record speech, such as tutorials, and will transcribe into written notes, as well as keeping the audio recording. Great for those who have a barrier with notetaking in class or who do better making verbal notes while studying.


TodoistIn-app purchases

A good app to help set schedules, break down tasks, tick off completed tasks and send reminders to your phone to keep you on track.

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Free website. Cost for app

Break down tasks for you into smaller steps ‘subtasks’ which you can then follow and tick off as you achieve them. Great for breaking down a task or project to smaller steps and for seeing how much you have achieved as you tick them off along the way. Also available as an app.

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Free websites and apps

Pomodoro technique is a time management method that can be used by anyone. It helps keep the brain fresh, taking breaks and changing up tasks to keep interest and rest the brain. There are many different versions in browsers and in apps such as ‘Pomodoro Timer’, ‘Pomofocus’ to name a few.

Gamifying apps

There is a whole range of apps that can turn tasks into games, where you receive points and badges. Many learners who experience executive dysfunction can find it helpful to gamify tasks, including study tasks, to help motivate them and track their work.

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