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SmartDraw

SmartDraw

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SmartDraw is a great tool for easily drawing flowcharts, org charts, floor plans, calendars, forms, presentations or any other type of chart or diagram. It's also free!
Instructors can use SmartDraw in just about every aspect of their instruction. Whether constructing a flow chart, creating a template or designing a presentation it is very helpful.

Students can use it as well for multiple purposes including planning, projects and assignments.
Inspiration

Inspiration

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Inspiration is the essential tool instructors and students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the integrated Diagram and Outline Views, they create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing. This powerful combination encourages learning in multiple modes.
Instructors can use Inspiration to organize their course, specific topic or assignments.

Students use it to prepare and give presentations, study and better understand the relationship between concepts.
Kurzweil 3000



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Kurzweil 3000 is the premiere reading, writing, and learning software solution. It incorporates a host of dynamic features including powerful decoding, study skills, writing and test taking tools.
Instructors might use Kurzweil to highlight important concepts in journal articles, online sites, etc. while teaching.

Students use Kurzweil in group work to highlight their work, scan documents and create group projects.
Tactile Image Enhancer (TIE)

Tactile Image Enhancer (TIE)

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The TIE takes a blank piece of paper and creates a sensory image. Image the tactile paper easily using a photocopy, laser print, or china marker drawing. Once imaged, simply insert into unit and the tactile document is formed. Use for graphs and charts, maps, calendars, etc.
The TIE can be used to illustrate graphics, images, charts, maps and calendars in 3D format. Instructors can use it to further illustrate points.

Students may use it to create tactile images for presentations, reports or for their own learning needs.
Ease Publisher

Ease Publisher

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EasePublisher is a digital authoring package, allowing the creation of multimedia content that unites text, audio and images.
Instructors might use Ease Publisher to create review guides, resources for a particular topic or encourage their students to use it to demonstrate their knowledge by pairing text with images in a book format.
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