Whilst it’s great to have the support of someone who is an expert on the technology, and explains it within the context of your needs, your training sessions will at some point end.

Here we have provided you with a selection of useful resources (video clips and ‘handouts’) to help remind you of particular uses of the software or suggested ways to approach your studies.

Improve reading and writing confidence.

Text to speech software makes the web, documents and files more accessible. It’s great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language isn’t English. It not only helps with reading but also writing assignments and online research.


read&write  enables  you to  hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with choice of natural voices.  It helps you understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries, develop writing skills with word prediction and supports independent student research with valuable study skills tools

Download sample here
Overview from The Codpast

More videos coming soon

Visual learning helps students organise and analyse information

Mind Mapping and Visual Thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images.

MatchWare MindView

MatchWare MindView is a comprehensive, visual learning tool designed to help you develop and organise ideas. Based on the proven Mind Mapping® theory, it enhances creativity, clarifies thinking and improves memory. Choose from a variety of ready-to-use concept map templates, easy-to-use wizards and professional clipart to improve your layout. Export your completed Mind Map® to Microsoft® Word or Microsoft® PowerPoint. Ideal for visual outlining of written documents, creating presentations and making timelines.

Quickstart Mindview 6
customising your mindmap
adding dates and times
project management


Inspiration helps with visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organise information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration’s Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.

Download sample handout here
introduction to Inspiration 9
diagram view
outline view
Map view
Presentation view

Note taking

Note taking software allows you to concentrate on the meeting or lecture and then organise your notes in a way to suite you.

Audio Notetaker

AudioNotaker enables you to record or import audio in visual phrase-by-phrase coloured chunks, which you can quickly navigate, edit and organise.  Colour highlight chunks instead of writing things down. Use colour to extract audio, images and text into new projects. Add notes, summaries and transcriptions.  Import images, slides and PDF documents and export your project as text documents, music files or videos.

Download sample handout here
Capture – how to take live recordings and import audio files
Annotate – how to quickly add meaning to your project


Notetalker helps if you sometimes struggle to take notes and concentrate on the speaker in a lecture or conference, or you find that taking notes in a meeting stops you from participating. Notetalker is an innovative new App for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets combined with a Universal microphone kit for any smartphone which allows you to playback without removing the microphone.

Introduction to notetalker
Getting started with Notetalker App, Edit and accessories kit
How to make notes with Notetalker
Creating an essay with Notetalker
Evidencing science practicals with Notetalker
Evidencing a field trip with Notetalker
Compiling and analysing interviews with Notetalker

Speech recognition

Enable faster and easier creation or editing of documents with speech recognition software. You dictate what words you want on the screen or what commands you want the computer to follow.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

With Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop dictation solutions, it’s faster and easier to create and edit documents or email without typing. Just say words and they appear on the computer screen. Tell your computer what you want to do, and it obeys you. Dragon gives you the freedom to interact with your computer in a more natural environment, so you can focus more on the actual content of your documents instead of the manual task of typing.

  • Create documents and email simply by speaking.
  • Control your computer by voice.
  • Quickly capture your thoughts and ideas.

Download sample here
The microphone
The Dragon Bar
Edit, format, correct with voice commands
Voice commands
Creating your profile
Improving accuracy
Dragon and the web