Apple vs. Google: The Real Winners are Students with Dyslexia


by Joan Sedita | 1 | 0 Comments

I ran across an interesting piece by Jamie Martin at the Forbes online site titled Apple vs. Google: The Real Winners are Students with Dyslexia.”  Martin makes the point that the competition between Apple and Google has resulted in great benefits for people who struggle with reading and writing skills. Both companies, in order to keep the competitive edge as they rolled out new devices (e.g., Apple’s Apple Watch and updated versions of iPhone and iPad; Google’s updates to Android and Chromeboook) have made a significant number of features, tools, and software applications available on their products related to assistive technology (AT).

Over the past ten years, the increase in AT that supports reading and writing has been a great boon to students who struggle with literacy skills, and Apple and Google are leading the way. Apple started integrating text-to-speech and dictation into its operating system, and Google developed Google Apps for Education which many schools have adopted as their go-to learning platform. Originally, the best AT was available only for desktop computers. But now numerous AT products are available on smartphones and tablets. Here are a few examples that Martin identifies:

Here are some additional resources for learning about AT that supports reading and writing:

Joan Sedita

Joan Sedita is the founding partner of Keys to Literacy and author of the Keys to Literacy routines. She is an experienced educator, nationally recognized speaker and teacher trainer. She has worked for over 35 years in the literacy education field and has presented to thousands of teachers and related professionals at schools, colleges, clinics, and professional conferences.

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