Software & Services

Lawrence School recommends the following Software and Services for educators, parents and students with learning differences.

    • Software is a computer program installed to your computer
    • Browser Plug-In is a mini-program installed to your web browser
    • A Service is an online tool used on the Internet with content saved in "the cloud" versus on your computer

** - denotes software or service used at Lawrence School

Recommended Software & Services

Executive Function Supports

**Google Calendar (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Executive Function Support, Teacher Tool
Description: Calendar tool that is web‐based and will sync to devices; reminders for tasks available as well as ability to invite others to events/tasks
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students with time management issues and how need reminders to complete tasks

**Google Drive/Google Docs, Sheets, Slides (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Executive Function Support, Writing, Communication
Description: Suite of online tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows (similar to Microsoft Office)
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Google Docs is excellent for people who do not file and save files well (executive function issues) because of auto‐save feature and ability to search for documents; Google Docs also has some built‐in accessibility tools include Voice Typing

Reading Tools

**Bookshare (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: Online Accessible Library for people with visual print disabilities to (qualified students only)
Type of User: Students, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Student with visual print disabilities

**Fluency Tutor (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: A web‐based service that allows students to practice reading, take assessments, and see how they did. Teachers can assess students, monitor progress, and individualize instruction.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Teachers who work with students who struggle with oral reading fluency

**Google Chrome (Free)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Reading, Writing
Description: Web browser, includes built in spell check on all web page forms as well as voice searching capabilities
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need to spell check online and need speech-to-text services while searching the Internet

Kurzweil 3000 FIrefly (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: Cloud‐based service for reading,writing, study skills and test taking
Type of User: Students, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone with reading supports including ability to OCR materials

**Learning Ally (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: Collection of more than 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles in audiobook format
Type of User: Students, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students with visual print disabilities

Project Gutenberg (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: Free versions of public domain works
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs digital classic books

**Quizlet (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Studying, Reading
Description: Also available as app in Google and Apple stores and in Google Chrome Webstore. Great tool for creating own Flashcards, self‐quizzing and basic studying. Keeps track of all time spent studying.
Type of User: Students, Teachers
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to study!

**Read & Write for Google Chrome (See Description)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing, Reading
Description: Free for teachers who register; works on most web pages through Google Chrome browser and includes tools like text‐to‐speech, dictionary, translator, word prediction, and study skills highlighters
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need text‐to-speech and word prediction services while searching the Internet

**Read & Write for Google Docs (Free Trial)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing, Reading
Description: Google Chrome extension that offers an abbreviated Read & Write tool suite that can be used in Google Docs including text‐to‐speech, dictionary and picture dictionary, Fact Finder, highlight collector and vocabulary tool. Will even read PDF and ePub documents including annotating!
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need text‐to-speech and other tools in Google Docs

**Read & Write Gold (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Reading
Description: Customizable toolbar integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools that can be used on the internet and in Word, Adobe Reader, and Google Docs. Individual licenses available. Student take home rights available for schools with site licenses
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who want to provide the differentiated instruction necessary for diverse student populations, including those with reading and writing difficulties, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. Anyone with reading supports including ability to OCR materials

**Readability (Free)
Type of Tool: Browser Plug-In
Task Used: Reading
Description: Eliminates distractions on webpages to make it easier to read
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who struggle with focus on a web page due to distractions

Snapverter (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading
Description: Allows you to upload any picture to your Google Drive folder and Snapverter will make it readable to listen to with reading tool in Google Docs. Works really well with Read & Write for Google Docs. Currently only available for Schools not individual licenses.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Teachers/Schools who need to digitize materials for students who need to use Read & Write for Google text-to‐speech services

Writing Tools

Bubbl.Us (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Online collaborative concept mapping tool
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People wanting to incorporate webbing and concept mapping to writing and learning tasks

**Dragon Naturally Speaking (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing
Description: Speech recognition software helps students with learning disabilities reach their full potential. Instead of manually typing documents, students (or adults) with dyslexia or other language‐based learning disabilities can create papers or complete reports simply by talking
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need speech‐to-text services

**ETS Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Service (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing
Description: Web‐based instructor‐led writing tool that helps students plan, write and revise their essays. It gives them immediate diagnostic feedback and more opportunities to practice writing at their own pace.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Anyone who writes documents to turn into another person for school

Ghotit Software (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Spelling
Description: Reading & Writing assistant for contextual and phonetic spell checker, proofreader, text to speech, and word prediction
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs help with spelling specifically, and reading and writing in general

Ginger Software (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Spelling
Description: Text reader, grammar checker, sentence rephraser and personal writing trainer
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs help with spelling specifically, and reading and writing in general

Google Chrome (Free)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Reading
Description: Web browser that includes a built-in spell check on all web page forms as well as voice searching capabilities
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need spell check online and speech-to-text services while searching on the Internet

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing, Communication, Executive Function Support
Description: Suite of online tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows (similar to Microsoft Office)
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Google Docs is excellent for people who do not file and save files well (executive function issues) because of auto‐save feature and ability to search for documents; Google Docs also has some built‐in accessibility tools include Voice Typing

Grammarly (Free/Paid Premium Version Optional)
Type of Tool: Browser Plug-In
Task Used: Writing
Description: Grammarly corrects over 250 types of grammatical mistakes, while also catching contextual spelling errors and poor vocabulary usage. Premium/Paid version has downloadable software to work in Microsoft Office. Free version works online in browser only.
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who struggle with spelling, grammar and written expressions

**Inspiration (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Outlining/concept mapping software
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who want to incorporate organization, webbing and concept mapping into writing and learning tasks

**Read & Write for Google Chrome (Pay - see description)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading, Writing
Description: Free for Teachers; works on most web pages through Google Chrome browser, and includes text‐to‐speech, dictionary, translator, word prediction, and study skills highlighters
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need text-to-speech and word prediction services while searching the Internet

**Read & Write for Google Docs (Free Trial)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Reading, Writing
Description: Offers Read & Write tool suite in Google Docs including text‐to‐speech, dictionary, picture dictionary, Fact Finder, highlight collector and vocabulary tool. Will even read PDF and ePub documents including annotating
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who need text-to-speech and other tools in Google Docs

**Read & Write Gold (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Reading, Writing
Description: Customizable toolbar integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools that can be used on the internet and in Word, Adobe Reader, and Google Docs. Individual licenses available. Student take home rights available for schools with site licenses.
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who want to provide the differentiated instruction that is necessary to meet the needs of diverse student populations, including those with reading and writing difficulties, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. Anyone with reading supports including ability to OCR materials

Concept Mapping

Bubbl.Us (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Online collaborative concept mapping tool
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People wanting to incorporate webbing and concept mapping to writing and learning tasks

**Inspiration (Pay)
Type of Tool: Software
Task Used: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Outlining/concept mapping software
Type of User: Students, Teachers, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: People who want to incorporate organization, webbing and concept mapping into writing and learning tasks

Teacher Tools

**ETS Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Service (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Writing
Description: Web‐based instructor‐led writing tool that helps students plan, write and revise their essays. It gives them immediate diagnostic feedback and more opportunities to practice writing at their own pace.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Anyone who writes documents to turn into another person for school

**Google Calendar (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Task Used: Executive Function Support, Teacher Tool
Description: Calendar tool that is web‐based and will sync to devices; reminders for tasks available as well as ability to invite others to events/tasks
Type of User: Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students with time management issues and how need reminders to complete tasks

**Google Classroom (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time‐saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Students can keep track of what's due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real‐time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
Type of User: Teacher
Who Should Use?: A teacher who wants to use Google Docs with students and needs a way to distribute, collect and organize students' work

**Quia (Pay)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Online quiz, activity, and class page service
Type of User: Teacher
Who Should Use?: People who want students to take online tests compatible with assistive technology software as well as provide interactive review activities

**Quizlet (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Also available as app in Google and Apple stores and in Google Chrome Webstore. Great tool for creating own Flashcards, self‐quizzing and basic studying. Keeps track of all time spent studying.
Type of User: Students, Teacher
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to study!

**QuizStar (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Online quiz & test creator; auto‐grade feature
Type of User: Teacher
Who Should Use?: People who want students to take online tests compatible with assistive technology software

**Study Blue(Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Also available as app in Google and Apple stores and in Google Chrome Webstore. Great tool for creating own Flashcards, self‐quizzing and basic studying. Keeps track of all time spent studying. And eliminates distractions on the page (black screen except for terms); *Premium version has more features
Type of User: Students, Teacher
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to study; this is a good tool for students who are easily distracted

Studying Tools

**Quizlet (Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Also available as app in Google and Apple stores and in Google Chrome Webstore. Great tool for creating own Flashcards, self‐quizzing and basic studying. Keeps track of all time spent studying.
Type of User: Students, Teacher
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to study!

**Study Blue(Free)
Type of Tool: Service
Description: Also available as app in Google and Apple stores and in Google Chrome Webstore. Great tool for creating own Flashcards, self‐quizzing and basic studying. Keeps track of all time spent studying. And eliminates distractions on the page (black screen except for terms); *Premium version has more features
Type of User: Students, Teacher
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to study; this is a good tool for students who are easily distracted

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