What are our Twitter community’s top picks for apps to help students with learning and attention issues? That’s one of the topics we covered at our February #LDchat on assistive technology (AT) basics. Our audience talked about how apps are transforming how we read, write and organize our thoughts. Tech consultant Jamie Martin pointed out that it’s important to identify a goal before choosing an AT tool. A2 - Different #AssistiveTech is appropriate for different environments & tasks - first must look at the goal before choosing tool #LDchat — Jamie Martin (@ATDyslexia) February 4, 2015 With that in mind, members of our community shared their favorite apps and tech tools. A1. Text-to-speech really transformed my reading comp in university. Using iPad with voice over > heavy textbooks too ;). #LDchat — kerri (@kerriYWG) February 4, 2015 A few members brought up Evernote. This software for notetaking lets users record lectures. A1. Using Evernote was also a massive discovery for me w/ lecture recording as an accommodation. Notes stayed organized-ish + w/ me #LDchat — kerri (@kerriYWG) February 4, 2015 Others cited WordQ for word prediction and OneNote as great for organization. A1 I use Word Q for prediction, inspiration/smart ideas for mind maps, and Onenote for organization. #ldchat — Aaron Bailey (@ABtalks1) February 4, 2015 Read&Write for Chrome and Voice Dream Reader were popular choices for accessing text. @mwilliamsAT @kerriYWG @sturnquist We use Read&Write for Chrome. #ldchat — Jenny Grabiec (@techgirljenny) February 4, 2015 Voicedream Reader has been a Godsend for our son since his diag! Textbooks and other books easily available! #ldchat — Dan Hardman (@mngopherboy) February 4, 2015 Marvin Williams, an AT professional, said many people already have tools on their computers without knowing it. He brought up Microsoft Office Tools for PC and Apple’s OS system. The recent versions of both have text-to-speech (TTS) built in. #ldchat A3: Lots of features built into MS Office are good as are OS features. Most folks just don’t know they exist. It’s a start. — Marvin Williams (@mwilliamsAT) February 4, 2015 @SpTeacherJames Office has highlighting, comments (typed, voice, video). Most every OS has speech recog now. Some have TTS too #LDChat — Marvin Williams (@mwilliamsAT) February 4, 2015 For more great technology ideas from our Twitter community, take a look at the full #LDchat on AT basics. And make sure to get in on the discussion! Join us every Wednesday at 12 pm ET for new ideas and tips on learning and attention issues. Just visit http://tchat.io and type #LDchat into the search bar. Any opinions, views, information and other content contained in blogs on Understood.org are the sole responsibility of the writer of the blog, and do not necessarily reflect the views, values, opinions or beliefs of, and are not endorsed by, Understood.