A very comprehensive and detailed guide written by Prof. Dennis Masino and Dr Jackie Giuliano.
Note taking and learning methods
Different types of note taking software
Reading comprehension and effective reading
How to memorise
Although aimed at high level students there are useful ideas in here for learners of all levels. Plus copious links and references if you want even more detail. I am going to check out the Cornell note taking method as I haven’t come across this before.
A fantastic site, created by Widget Software, where symbol readers can read up to date news reports and articles (e.g. Australian floods, “King’s Speech review, Valentine’s Day information, troubles in Tunisia, seasonal recipes).
There are online stories and reviews including some for older readers (try the “Shopping in Tesco” story – which also covers important personal safety issues).
A collaboration between Widgit and Warwickshire Education Authority. There are some wonderful free download packs (you will need Widgit Writing with Symbols) aimed at schoolchildren but several are suitable preEntry – E1.
An excellent article originally on the FERL (Further Education Resources for Learning) site but now on the QIA Excellence Gateway. Written by Imogen Wedgewood, it is essential reading for those that are new to symbols.
Texthelp produce Read&Write: a brilliant program that I have used extensively in Entry 1 literacy. We have used it for proofreading student projects and for reading out web pages that would otherwise be inaccessible to non- or beginning readers. It is also great for learners at all levels (especially those with dyslexia) especially for composing, proof reading and reading back any text source.
Level Learning UK offers impartial advice during the demonstration of assistive software. They do not sell software and give expert advice on all aspects of assistive software including: speaking instead of typing, creative brainstorming and planning, accurate proofreading and working co-operatively with your computer.
Inspiration is a great planning and brainstorming tool that can be used at all levels. Insert your own pictures, convert mind maps to MS Word lists and much more. I love this software and used it to create the following word maps.