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Tech Information and Resources

Carlton Trail College delivers its programs through a Blended Learning Approach that combines in-person classes with online learning and collaboration.  
  
If you are a member of the Carlton Trail College community and need help with your technology, submit a support request through our Computer and Technology Help Desk.
 
There are many online learning tools that may help you in your studies.  Please see the list below.
 
App. or Tool
What is this for or what does it do?
Where can you use it? Link to Support or App.
Zoom
Video conferencing, collaboration and webinars On any web browser Zoom Help Center - Joining a Meeting
Microsoft Teams Session Video conferencing, messaging and collaboration On any web browser Microsoft Support - Scheduling and Joining a Meeting
Open LMS Collaborate
Video conferencing, messaging and collaboration
On any web browser but Google Chrome is preferred Open LMS - Student Help
ClaroRead
This program will read out loud to you web pages in the Chrome browser, Google Docs and accessible PDFs.
On web pages in the Google Chrome browser
 
Coggle
Collaborative mind mapping and real-time brainstorming
Integrates with Google Drive, so you can organize your mindmaps and easily share with your existing Google contacts.
Install Coggle Chrome App
Color Enhancer A customizable color filter for people who are partially color-blind that is applied to webpages to improve color perception. Most Google Chrome webpages Install Color Enhancer
Dictation in Microsoft Use to dictate words into MS Word, Outlook, MS PowerPoint or MS OneNote MS Word, Outlook, MS Powerpoint, OneNote
 
 
 
 
Dictate Your Notes in One Note (only available to Microsoft 365 Subscribers for Windows and Mac desktop)
Dyslexia Friendly
Increases readability of websites by changing to easier-to-read fonts and adding visual enhancements such as contrast between paragraphs and a reading ruler
Most Google Chrome webpages
Google Translate Use to translate words and phrases while browsing the web Most web browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge Browser
 
Immersive Reader A free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. Uses Google Chrome browser and works with MS Word, MS OneNote, Outlook, etc.
 
Mercury Reader Removes ads and distractions on webpages in the Google Chrome browsers Most Google Chrome webpages Install Mercury Reader
Read Aloud Allows you to select from a variety of text-to-speech voices Most Google Chrome webpages
 
Voice Type (for Google Docs) Use to type and edit by speaking in Google Docs or Google Slides speaker's notes Google Chrome browser How to Use Voice Type for Google Docs or Google Slides
Speechnotes
Speechnotes is a free alternative to Dragon NaturallySpeaking software for dictation purposes
Chrome and Edge browsers Speechnotes | Speech to Text Online Notepad
VoiceFiller
Fill website forms and inputs with your voice, via latest Speech-To-Text technology, for free
Chrome and Edge browsers  VoiceFiller Speech To Text for Website Forms - Chrome Web Store (google.com)
Talk & Write
Talk & Write is an extension for Chrome browsers that helps you type text using your voice. Read text content and it will be typed to a notepad where you can edit it as you like.
Chrome and Edge browsers  Talk and Write (extendbrowser.com)
Dictation for Gmail
Open a new message (or reply to an existing one), click the Microphone icon located to the right of the Send button. Dictate your message in any of the supported 60 languages.
Used to compose email for Gmail Dictation for Gmail - Chrome Web Store (google.com)
Dictation Box
Live Speech and Commands Recognition using Dictation Box.
Chrome and Edge browsers DictationBox - Chrome Web Store (google.com)
Ginger
Ginger offers several features that can help students with dyslexia and other learning disorders with writing. It is also designed for speakers of languages other than English. Some of the features include: grammar checker, word prediction, TTS functionality, personal trainer that provides practice sessions based on past mistakes made by the student.
Chrome, Edge, Firefox browsers.
For Windows and MS Office applications.
Wordtune
Wordtune is an AI-powered writing companion that understands what you’re trying to say, and suggests ways to make your writing more clear, compelling and authentic.
 
Wordtune can help you to:
Write a better, clearer message and deliver it the way you intend to
  • Make brilliant vocabulary choices
  • Spend less time editing and perfecting your text
  • Write with confidence
  • Sound more fluent
  • Expand your English vocabulary
Chrome, Edge, Firefox browsers. Sign up for a free account with your email address.
https://app.wordtune.com/to go to wordtune editor.
 
Grammarly
Grammarly allows you to compose clear, mistake-free writing every time.
The Free version has the following features:
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Readability
  • Conciseness
Premium has:
  • Everything in Free
  • Tone adjustments
  • Plagiarism Detection
  • Word choice
  • Formality level
  • Fluency
Chrome, Edge, Firefox browsers. Sign up for a free account with your email address.
Ghotit
Ghotit is specifically designed for students with dyslexia and other learning disorders who have difficulties with writing. The name is inspired by the word “Ghoti,” which is a constructed term that illustrates irregularities in the English language. And since many spellings are counterintuitive — especially for those with dyslexia — Ghotit dedicates itself to assisting children and adults who struggle with writing accurately.
 
It features the ability to learn from the user’s past mistakes, personalizing suggestions for spelling and grammatical errors. Ghotit can predict words, check passages of text contextually, read text aloud using TTS technology and recognize split and merged words. It also includes an integrated dictionary for students to quickly look up a word.
Chrome, Edge, Firefox browsers.
Windows/Mac, iPad/iPhoneApps, Chrome Extension
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