Software – Assistive technology tools

Accessibility, Inclusion, Assistive technology, Supporting learners, Supporting staff, Workplace learning, Adult and community education, Learning Progressions

There are many excellent software tools and technologies available that can work across multiple mediums on your device and alongside other software on devices.

Below are a few that learners have found useful. Many have free trial versions, but the full versions do come at a cost.


GleanFree trial. Cost for full license.

Mainly useful in live lectures and tutorials, this also has a mobile app.

  • Record classes.
  • Add notes (can add text notes to your saved slides and recordings – can be speech-to-text).
  • Combine resources in one place (link recording to slides).
  • Refine notes.
  • Study session timer.
  • Assign tasks and tick them off.

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Otter Free limited version. Varying cost advanced versions.

Mainly useful in lectures and tutorials (live or online). Also useful for team projects to collaborate with teammates. Has a mobile app.

  • Live-chat feature to communicate.
  • Highlight key points and takeaways and assign action items.
  • Link to meetings and record these (Zoom, Teams, Google Meet etc).
  • Capture slides shared in online meetings and pop them into the meeting notes.
  • Generate a summary after the meeting with key information (email to all group members).
  • Provide captions for in-person and virtual sessions.

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Texthelp Read&write

Texthelp Read&WriteCost individual or school licence.

This combines high-level speech-to-text and text-to-speech (reading and writing) tools that work across mediums with a few extras.

  • Text-to-speech.
  • Advanced grammar and spelling checker.
  • Word prediction and similar word checker (identifies homophone errors).
  • Voice notes (speech-to-text).
  • Convert large documents into MP3 files for listening on the go.
  • Convert paper documents and inaccessible PDFs into accessible digital formats.
  • Screenshot reader: Capture images and text from docs, web, PDFs and transform them to accessible formats.

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Dragon software

Dragon SoftwareCost

Considered a high-level software tool that can navigate programmes on devices and is Windows-compatible. Lots of functions but the main ones for learners are listed below. Also has a mobile app.

  • Text-to-speech, speech-to-text.
  • Verbal computer commands (voice command to open programmes etc.).
  • In-lecture note-taking/transcribing.

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