QuickTime Player, the default media player for Mac OS X, also has some powerful recording capabilities. With the recording features, you can create brief tutorials for your students that demonstrate common tasks they need to know how to complete on their computers (saving assignments, navigating the class website, etc.).

VoiceOver’s keyboard help will assist you in learning the many keyboard shortcuts you can use with VoiceOver.

TextEdit, the text editor built into Mac OS X, includes a text to speech feature that will read back any text you type into the editor. Using the Services feature built into Mac OS X, you can use the text to speech built into TextEdit to create a recording of your text you can play in iTunes or on your iPod.

The Simple Finder feature of Mac OS X can help keep students on task by presenting a simpler interface with fewer distractions. With Simple Finder you can also control the applications and folders students can access on the computer.

Mac OS X supports the creation of separate accounts for each person who uses the computer. This makes it possible to set up each account with the accessibility settings that match each student’s need.

The zoom feature built into Mac OS X can magnify the contents of the screen for low vision users.

Help and “how to” tutorials for Accessibility options using Universal Access in Apple’s Mac OS X and Ease of Access in Microsoft Windows:

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Macintosh computer help and tutorials for classroom technology questions:

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