Assistive Software

CALL Scotland's blog on IVONA Minireader

Ivona MiniReader - free text to speech reader

East Lothian High schools have had an authority licence for the use of Read and Write Gold 8 which allows pupils to have additional literacy support (text to speech, predictive text, web research support).  The recent move to Windows 7 operating systems meant that R & W Gold 8 was not compatible and the software upgrade was prohibitively expensive.  
We are exploring the use of IVONA Minireader which is a free text to speech reader for webpages, documents and PDFs. If you would like to have it installed to trial with your pupils, please email the IT Service Desk ( or Shirley Lawson ( to discuss this further.

S5 Ross High pupil on using voice recognition software

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Read and Write Gold
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Co-writer 6 - predictive text

Have a look at some very useful free, open source tools within My Study Bar at
If you want this installed on a school computer, please log a call with IT Helpdesk.
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