SAAC Assistive Technology Newsletter

January 2015

Contest Winner

Congratulations to our first draw winner, Kassinda Murray. Kassinda won a $25 Indigo gift card for answering questions from our website. Read on for details on our next contest!

Accommodations Appointments

Just a reminder, if you have not already made your appointment for accommodations for this semester, please do so as soon as possible.

Antidote Workshop

Are you taking French this semester? Do you struggle with grammar and spelling in French? Would you like to learn about a tool that can correct your grammar and spelling errors in French? Antidote doesn't just correct the errors, it also gives the rule for each error, which allows you to make connections between the rules you have learned and your writing. Come join us for a 30 minute introduction to Antidote.

The workshop will be offered at two different times –

Wednesday, Feb.11th at 12:00pm or Thursday, Feb. 12th at 1:00pm

Please register here:

Twitter contest

Follow us on Twitter for technology tips, tricks, and info, as well as SAAC updates. Content will be updated regularly and this will be a great source of quick info on the latest technology to support your learning. Once we reach 200 followers, we will be drawing for a $75 gift card to The Bay.

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What is a SmartPen and how does it work?

A SmartPen is a writing tool that allows a student to take handwritten notes while it records audio. The notes are taken on special paper. Later, the files from the SmartPen are uploaded to a computer and converted into a PDF file. The file has audio embedded into the notes. You simply click on the parts you wish to review and the audio will be played back to you.


  • Improves organization – digital notes are easier to store
  • Reduces anxiety of missing important information
  • Allows students to focus on the material being presented
  • Allows students to review specific sections of the lecture
  • Students can annotate their notes with important information and examples for tests and exams
  • Allows for greater autonomy by possibly replacing a peer note-taker

Want to learn more or try it out?

Check out this video for a great overview of the SmartPen's features

Drop by 2E.3 for a quick demonstration. We have SmartPens that can be signed out by students for use in class. If you intend to use a SmartPen in class, please be sure to have permission from your teacher. Courtney can provide you with a form to have your teacher sign.

SAAC Lab Drop-in hours - January 26th to 30th

Drop by with your technology questions or use our lab and software to complete your work. The 2E.3 lab is a smaller quieter environment than some of the larger labs. All are welcome

Monday, Jan 26: 10:30 – 12:00 and 3:00 – 4:30

Tuesday, Jan 27: 10:30 – 12:00 and 3:00 – 4:30

Wednesday, Jan 28: 10:00 – 12:00 and 3:00 – 4:30

Thursday, Jan 29: 3:00 – 4:30

Friday, Jan 30: 10:00 – 12:00 and 3:30 – 4:30

Have questions? Want more info?

Make an appointment with Courtney to discuss your needs or if you would like more information on how certain tools or software can support your organization and learning.


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