MindView - Home Access and MindView

Introduction describes program and integration for SEN

MindView was recently chosen by BECTA as the mind mapping software of choice for the Home Access initiative. All 270,000 families eligible for the Home Access package will have MindView already loaded onto the computer.

The 270,000 families receiving the assistive technology bundle from Home Access will also receive Read&Write 9 GOLD, a floating tool bar which assists with reading and writing, and iZOOM, a screen magnification tool, which both work in conjunction with MindView.

The aim of Home Access is:

  • Increase computer access at home
  • Encourage parental engagement
  • Ensure continuity of learning
  • Provide students with easy to use technology

MatchWare's mind mapping software, MindView, now part of Becta's Home Access packages

Home Access is the government programme that is giving more children access to technology at home to support their learning.

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MindView is a visual study aid tool based on mind mapping theory that assists students with the research, organisation and planning of projects across the curriculum. MindView's different layouts allow students of all levels to personalise how they structure information to enhance creativity, clarify thinking and improve memory.

MindView's strong integration with MS Office means that mind maps can be converted to an outline in Word or a PowerPoint presentation with a simple mouse click. The user-interface contains clear, large icons. MindView is Read&Write enabled.

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Read&Write GOLD

Read&Write GOLD FOR SCHOOLS is Texthelp's award-winning assistive software, designed to help all pupils achieve greater access to the curriculum. This literacy support tool specifically improves students' reading and writing skills.

The software assists students with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia and those with English as a second language. The solution has been proven to raise attainment levels and increase access to the curriculum for all pupils.

Integration with Read&Write GOLD

MatchWare is delighted to be fully integrated with Read&Write 9 GOLD. Using the two packages together can allow students to further enhance their learning by using the dictionary, text to speech and screen masking functions. Understanding the need for flexibility within education has been key to MatchWare's success and therefore the Read&Write toolbar can be used as much or as little as the user requires whilst building their mind maps.

MindView and Read&Write 9 GOLD work seamlessly together. Students using MindView can benefit by having access to tools such as text-to-speech, a phonetic talking spell checker, homophone support, a talking dictionary, and output to a sound file.

As students type onto their mind map, Read&Write Gold will read their work back to them. The spell checker will not only correct any mistakes by giving dictionary definitions, but students can also benefit from the spelling log which will track patterns in their spelling over time. The ability to output to a sound file allows students to create an audio file of their notes which can be attached to the mind map enhancing understanding and file management.

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iZoom is an easy to use screen magnification and reading package integrated into a single application. With iZoom, students with a visual impairment can enlarge and enhance the appearance of the computer screen to read emails, web pages, word documents, course materials, exams and more.

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