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Technology to Help You Learn

Below is a selection of some of our favourite free and low cost programs and apps to help with reading, writing, notetaking and time management. 

If you would like to know more about how one of these apps might help to support your learning, book an appointment with a Learning Technology Liaison. 

If you want to share a program or app you are using that you think we should include, please email us.

Reading Support

Features:

  • Provides personalized support tools to help with reading, writing, and researching
  • Features include text to speech, speech to text, highlighters and summary tools

Compatibility: Windows and Mac, iPad and Android tablet. 

Cost: Free

The full version of Read&Write is available for all current Conestoga students and employees to download using the links below.

Read&Write- Windows Set Up

Read&Write- Mac Set Up 


Features:

  • Mobile text to speech app. Reads webpages, documents, pdfs, and eBooks
  • Tools include bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation, full text search, and dictionary

Compatibility: iOS, Android app

Cost: $20.99 (iOS) $13.99 (Android) 


Features:

  • Text to speech with natural sounding voices to read webpages, documents, eBooks, and emails aloud.

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS desktop version, iOS and Android app

Cost: Free and paid versions available


Features:

  • Accessible reading app for people with print disabilities including dyslexia, low vision and blindness.
  • Instant and direct access to 15 international accessible book and newspaper libraries, including CELA library and Bookshare.

Compatibility: iOS and Android app

Cost: Free


Features:

  • Simplify the web reading experience by removing ads and distractions to focus on the text.

Compatibility: Chrome Extension

Cost: Free


Features:

  • Digitize printed handouts and whiteboard notes into editable documents and save to OneDrive or OneNote.

Compatibility: iOS and Android App

Cost: Free


Features:

  • Take a photo of your printed document, select text with your finger, and have it read back to you.

Compatibility: iOS, Android app

Cost: $13.99

Writing Support

Features:

  • Easy to use tool that checks writing for several types of errors (grammar, punctuation, word choice and style).

Compatibility: Chrome extension, desktop version for Windows and Mac, Grammarly keyboard for iPad

Cost: Free and premium paid versions


Features:

  • Writing tool with features such as text to speech for editing, phonetic spelling and word finder, as well as tools to support written organization.

Compatibility: iOS app

Cost: $13.99

Dictation/ Speech to Text

Features:

  • Hands free typing in Word, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Compatibility: Office 365 

Cost: Free 


Features:

  • Type with your voice by speaking in Google Docs.

Compatibility: Chrome Browser 

Cost: Free


Features:

  • Online speech to text for Google Chrome Browser.

Compatibility: Chrome Browser extension

Cost: Free

Mind Mapping & Brainstorming Support

Features:

  • Online mind mapping/ brainstorming tool for use on personal devices and the web. 

Compatibility: Online resource; iOS and Android app 

Cost: Free; Premium: $6/month


Features:

  • Online mind mapping tool. Great for individual note-taking, collaborative planning, teamwork and classrooms. Brainstorm, create presentations and document outlines. 

Compatibility: Online browser based

Cost: Free 


Features:

  • Brainstorm and create in maps using this app that is similar to the full Inspiration program. 

Compatibility: iOS (iPad and iPhone) 

Cost: $13.99

Notetaking Support

Features: 

  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touch screen, importing pictures, videos, web links and other resources.
  • Use One Note to record audio that is synced with your typed notes. 

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android and Windows phone 

Cost: Free. Office 365 comes with 5 free installations of Office 2016 for you to add to your personal devices 


Features: 

  • An all in one note taking app to write, type, or annotate your notes as well as record audio that is linked to your notes. 

Compatibility: Mac, iOS

Cost: $13.99


Features: 

  • Type notes with synchronized recorded audio. Import lecture slides as the background to your notes.

Compatibility: iOS, Mac, Windows 

Cost: Free; Lite: $4.99 

Organization & Time Management

Features:

  • Create digital to do lists
  • Ability to break tasks down into simple steps, add due dates, and set reminders to keep you on track
  • Integrated with Outlook tasks, making it easier to manage all your tasks in one place 
  • Syncs across iPhone, Android, Windows 10 and the web

Compatibility: Online, Windows, Android, iOS

Cost: Free


Features:

  • To do list and task manager

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Chrome

Cost: Free for basic, premium paid version


Features:

  • An all in one to-do list, calendar, planner and reminder app

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Chrome 

Cost: Free for basic, premium paid version 


Features:

  • An all in one app for notes and list. The ability to color code your notes, add reminders, and add photos and pictures to your notes. ​

​​Compatibility: 

Cost: Online resource, iOS and Android app

Features:

  • Productivity extension that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. 
  • Or create time restrictions for certain sites during certain days and times (e.g. Monday 1-3 pm)

Compatibility: Chrome Extension

Cost: Free


 Features:

  • Productivity extension that interrupts mindless browsing by asking if you'd really like to visit the webpage and reminds you after 10 minutes to get back to work. 
  • Mindful browsing features stunning photographs 

Compatibility: Chrome Browser:

Cost:Free