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Resources for Students


Smartpen Quick-Tip Guide

24 short YouTube videos on how to use a Smartpen

Disability Services lends SmartPens to students whose accommodation plan includes permission to record lectures.  Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. (source: LiveScribe website)  Smartpen Video

Need help using Canvas?

Lots of great information about using Canvas from CWU Multimodal Learning.  If you are having problems or want to learn how to better navigate through Canvas, look for answers on their site.

Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is a free website that provides video tutorials for a wide range of subjects. The videos are brief, with each one covering a specific section of information.

StudyStack and StudyBlue
Online flashcards allow students to quiz themselves before the big test.  Find out what you know and what you need to study.  Focus your attention on what you have not yet mastered.  With apps for smartphones and tablets, you can study on the go.

Central Access Reader
Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free text to speech program developed at Central Washington University.  This program reads Word Docs using the voices installed on your computer.  By saving files as MP3s, you can listen to your materials using the player of your choice.  If you don't like the way the voice sounds, look online for tts voice options. 

To use the Central Access Reader to access materials, text must be in a Word Doc.  You can copy and paste the text from your textbook into a Word Document if you would like to use CAR to listen to PDF files that have been hosted to your account.


Materials that are hosted as PDF files can be accessed in several ways:

SpeakIt is a Free Chrome Plug In that is easy to install and use.

Balabolka is a text to speech program that offers a variety of options for customization and allows you to create MP3 files from PDF files. 

NaturalReader is another free option.


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