OSAPAC provides Ministry Licensed Software for the students of Ontario.
Here are some pdf manuals and links you might find helpful in using some of the OSAPAC software:

Pixie 3

Pixie combines a paint program with text options, clip art, voice recording, and standards-based curriculum activities, helping students build 21st century skills as they develop podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations. http://www.tech4learning.com/pixie

How to add student cut out pics to your Pixie documents:

Word Q

WordQ is a wonderful word prediction software that will help students of all ages with reading and writing.
A student take-home version is also available.

A youtube channel all about Word Q and Speak Q

Frames 4

Check out this wiki for more Frames 4 resources: http://frames4.wikispaces.com

What is Frames? It's a software to create animations and mulitmedia presentations with your students. Check out the features here: http://www.tech4learning.com/frames/features
Awesome support is provided at www.tech4learning with tutorials to help you every step of the way!
User Guides http://www.tech4learning.com/frames/training
Video Support http://www.tech4learning.com/frames/videos

Copyright Images for use with Frames 4 and other media creation tools in schools http://www.pics4learning.com/

Bit Strips for Schools

Create a online classroom for your students to create, share and comment on their own comic creations!
Cross-curricular, cross-grade applicatiions in a safe and protected space on the web!


Integration_Ideas.jpg Examples of ways to use Comic Life throughout your program

Smart Ideas


UsingSmartIdeas5.pdf Smart Ideas Manual
Sample Maps from Smarttech.com
Live on-line demo from Smarttech.com
Skills Checklist for Smart Ideas Skills Checklist - Smart Ideas.pdf

Kid Pix

The best way to get started with Kid Pix is to go to the Help button and click on the Getting Started Movie. You can use this movie with students as well, and there is also a Getting Started Movie for Slideshows in the slideshow mode. You will also find a User Guide under the help menu and it's rather large (58 pages) so it's often better to just print the sections you might need.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech-to-text software that allows a student to dictate into a computer and have their words transcribed into a word processing program as text. It requires that time is spent individualizing the voice files for each unique student profile.

Nuance_DragonCertLogo_web.jpgThese guides will help you get started:

Teacher Tips:
  • make sure to do the 5-10 minute accuracy training after initially training the voice files
  • after about 8 of these quick sessions you will notice great improvements in accuracy
  • use the training questions file listed above when doing this accuracy training

Clicker 5

Clicker 5

Clicker is a writing-support tool for students in any subject area. Teachers can use it as a talking word processor, or build grids that help students with structured writing. It's also a great tool for writing class stories, using jpegs from class events and writing about them, or for writing social stories.

Teacher Tips:
  • use images off the web to import into Clicker 5
  • use images of your students (.jpegs) to make stories in Clicker 5
  • use CoWriter and Clicker 5 together to help with word prediction