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  • Published: 2019
  • Revision: 1.0
  • Format: A3
  • File type: pdf
  • File size: 1Mb

Introduction

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MyStudyBar is a suite of free applications assembled into one package to support literacy difficulties. MyStudyBar is designed to support the study cycle from planning and structuring thoughts and ideas to support reading and writing.

Although MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can offer potential benefits to all learners.

This poster highlights some of the main tools in MyStudyBar such as:

  • XMind - a mind mapping tool to help with planning essays and projects.
  • Balabolka - a text-to-speech program which can also convert text to audio.
  • RapidTyping - a colourful touch typing program.
  • TBar - a screen masking tool... and much more!

To find out more about MyStudyBar and download a free version visit the MyStudyBar webpage.

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A suite of free applications assembled into one package to support literacy difficulties.

To download MyStudyBar go to the MyStudyBar webpage

MyStudyBar can help learners to:

  • organise and plan their thoughts
  • customise background and font colours
  • listen to information read aloud
  • convert text to audio
  • improve typing skills and more!

Tip: You can run MyStudyBar from a USB pendrive or the desktop!

Support with planning and organisation

XMind - can help to map out ideas, communicate thoughts, understand relationships between topics, add images and icons - great for visual learning!

The Guide - plan and stucture your ideas then convert them to a word processor such as Microsoft Word to extend writing.

Support with reading

TBar - is an easy-to-use screen masking tool. You can choose from a range of colours, create a reading ruler and adjust the size and transparency of the tint.

ATBar - reads text aloud with options to change the font style, colour back- ground and synchronised colour highlighting.

VuBar - is a floating ruler which can be set to read one or two lines of text at a time, to aid concentration.

Support with writing

Balabolka - reads individual characters, words and sentences as you type. It has many other useful features such as converting text to audio.

RapidTyping - is a colourful and fun touch typing program with a variety of lessons to choose from. You can also create your own word lists to practice with.

Voice - Speech Recognition

With Voice you can dictate text. Voice uses the Windows built-in Speech Recognition which requires training. For best results take time to work through the tutorial.

Vision - Magnifier

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