Software Reviews

Free Assistive Technology for People with Learning Disabilities (2009)

This booklet summarizes information presented at a workshop sponsored by the Centre for Literacy of Quebec in 2009.

The authors say that while assistive technology can be expensive, many companies make some of their software available free of charge, though they urge everyone to read user agreements very carefully.

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2011-04-01

Listen to Learn Youth Literacy Project - Phase II: Timmins (2001)

This is a brief written in 2001 that extracts demographic data sets regarding literacy rates, attitudes and situational factors among youth learners in with the Listen to Learn Youth Literacy Project in Timmins, Ontario. The survey examines a small number of youths ranging in age from 15-26 and from varying backgrounds.

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2009-09-09

Computer Based Learning - Development and Integration into Deaf Programming (2002)

This is a report on a project begun by Mohawk College, based in Hamilton, Ontario in 1998 and completed in March 2002 in which the College researched the integration of computer-based learning into literacy classrooms for deaf adults.

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2008-06-17

Evaluation of Educational Freeware and Shareware Software Programs as Effective Resources for Adult Literacy Training Programs (2004)

This document describes a project carried out by the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) to assess the value of a collection of freeware and shareware software intended for use in educational settings. The software programs, which offered instruction in literacy, basic math, and computer skills, were evaluated by adult learners at literacy centres in six communities across Canada.

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2004-04-08

Lectra (1999)

This shareware review from CONNECT describes Lectra.

This shareware provides exercises for learners to practise reading skills based on text generated by learners themselves or by instructors.

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2003-12-01

Réussir en math (1999)

A skill-based approach to mathematics

This is a review of a French computer software program with a skill-based approach to learning basic mathematical concepts including place value, the four basic operations, decimals, fractions, percentages and metric measurement. At the time of the review, the program was only available in French, with an English version expected soon.

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2003-12-01

Executive summary of the Use of Educational Software in Adult Literacy Programs: (1996)

A comparison of Integrated Learning Systems and Stand-alone Software

This research report outlines the research and results of a project designed to investigate some of the purported advantages of using Integrated Learning Systems (ILSes) in adult literacy programs in Manitoba. Specifically, it examined three systems currently being used in the province, namely TRO's PLATO, the Columbia Computer Corporation package, and the Pathfinder computer managed instruction system.

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2003-10-14

Type & Talk (2003)

This software review from CONNECT describes Type & Talk by TextHELP. Type & Talk is word processing software that assists learners with the reading and writing process by providing tools such as text-to-speech, a phonetic spell checker and word prediction.

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2003-08-01

Reading and Writing for Life (2003)

This software review from CONNECT features Reading and Writing for Life by the Nectar Foundation. This software contains an exhaustive list of reading and writing strategies for a variety of text types found in day-to-day life.

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2003-08-01

The Protea Interactive Picture Dictionary (2003)

This software review from CONNECT features The Protea Interactive Picture Dictionary.

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2003-07-31

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