Apps for Universal Design and Accessibility
Students are encouraged to use this Accessible Educational Technology list (apps for productivity, text-to-speech software, research tools, etc.) to supplement the support services they are already receiving at Marymount. These apps can be used by anyone and have become very popular among students with and without disabilities, as well as faculty members and professionals.
Available at Marymount:
For faculty members and eligible students, a Livescribe Echo Smartpen can be loaned out for the semester and renewed each year. Complimentary Smartpen note-books, ink refills, and troubleshooting available through Marymount's Center for Teaching and Learning. Students have access to complimentary notebooks, ink refills, while supplies last.
A Smartpen records audio and syncs it with pen-strokes in real-time. To access the notes from the Smartpen connect it to a Windows or Mac PC with a USB cord. A picture of the hand-written notes and synced audio will automatically upload to the computer for viewing and sharing.
(2) READ & WRITE GOLD.
A safe download of Read & Write Gold is available online for any Marymount student or employee who would like to use the software for school, personal, and work-related purposes. R&W Gold is also installed in MU computer labs, including the CTL's main testing room. Instructions for downloading free personal copy of R&W Gold are as follows:
- Log-in to MyMarymount.
- Select "Quick Links", then "Technology Services" (an ITS webpage will open).
- Select "Read & Write Gold".
- Download the Mac or Windows PC version, as appropriate.
The Read and Write (R&W) Gold software program appears as a floating toolbar at the top of the computer screen that will read PDFs, websites, and other digital text on the screen aloud. It also has a large, comprehensive collection of tools to help students with writing assignments, research, and studying. R&W Gold is available for both Mac and Windows. If R&W Gold is not an option, please download our Technology Apps document, for a list of other accessible technology (including other free text-to-speech readers). Learn more in these brief videos:
(3) BUILT-IN ACCESSIBILITY TOOLS
Most computers have access to a multitude of features that enhance usability, including VoiceOver screen-reader, speech recognition engines, screen magnifiers, mouse pointer customizations, etc. Click the links below to look through the directories of accessibility features from the Apple Mac and Windows PC websites:
Apple Mac Features Windows Features