Thank you to Claro Software for their generosity with supplying promotional app codes for the OT’s with Apps Workshop participants held in Fort Worth, Texas this past week. Participants received a free promo codes for the iOS ClaroSpeak and ClaroPDF apps. Both Claro apps provide support for struggling readers and writers and are a great asset for OT’s and teacher mTool Kit.
Here are just a few of the features that provide supports for literacy to students with learning disabilities available in the ClaroSpeak/ClaroSpeak Plus and ClaroPDF apps:
ClaroPDF app (iPhone / iPad; 2.99) is an accessible, reading and study PDF tool for all. Annotate, mark up and save PDF files which are then still fully compatible with Adobe Reader and other popular PDF apps. Have accessible text PDF files read back to you with a human quality voice & synchronized highlighting. The app also provides text to speech (TTS), word prediction, annotation tools to highlight, make text boxes to complete worksheets, drawing to access and complete worksheets with TTS capabilities.
Few other apps provide all these accessibility features at such a reasonable cost. A lite version is also available of ClaroPDF app. This app is a great AT tool supporting access and productivity for students with learning disabilities.
ClaroSpeak app (iPhone / iPad; 2.99) app provide access to text using text to speech capabilities with many different settings for text size/color, font color/type and spacing, background colors, synchronized highlighting with TTS and speaking in the background. An option save text as an audio file is also available in the app.
The new ClaroSpeak Plus app ( iPhone/ iPad a bargain at 6.99!), provides “capture text from photo”. Capturing text from photo performs OCR (optical character recognition) of text for “on the fly” grabbing text using the camera, processing it and using tools to hear it read aloud. A feature to have it read text in the background, allows you to open other apps on your device while listening to the text file read aloud.
ClaroSpeak Plus app is new. A trial of the app using the Capturing text from photo feature found the scanning recognition to be good. It also maintained most of the formatting of the text scanned (which is not always the case with other scanning apps). Here is an example of text scanned with ClaroSpeak Plus:
Although a short text, the OCR recognition was accurate with few errors. I had a few glitches with the availability of the camera when scanning (a black screen was present when attempting to take a picture – taking a picture resolved this, offering an image retake) which was resolved by taking a picture and may be due to limited memory available on my device.
ClaroPDF and ClaroSpeak apps integrate with Dropbox and Google Drive for easy workflow from those cloud based services. Emailing documents is another method of importing documents into each of the apps. Determining the methods of workflow for these apps is important with its use.
I found ClaroSpeak and ClaroSpeak Plus provides many features that are easy to use and allow students a method of producing and accessing print at a very reasonable price. Great tools for your mobile device. If you are looking for software for accessing reading and writing on the computer, ClaroRead software provides a suite of tools for students with reading and writing challenges for MAC and PC.
Thank you Claro for sharing your tools with OT’s with Apps Workshop participants!
Carol Leynse Harpold, OT’s with Apps