Assistive technology resources

A useful selection of apps that you may find useful to help with your studies.

We do not endorse the use of these apps and there are many more available that you may prefer, you should download and use them at your discretion.

All apps can be downloaded from the The App Store or Google Play.

Note taking


Access your timetable on the go, use maps to get around campus, Check NOW resources, Access Student emails, view PC availability, record your attendance

Download MyNTU


Note taking app that synchronises the audio to the notes you are taking. Useful for:

  • Group work
  • Note taking in meetings / lectures
  • Highlighting information
  • Taking photos and using them within notes

Download Audionote


Useful text, audio and image note-taking app which allows sharing of notes between devices via an account. Allows for document creation and document storage (word, pdf, etc).

  • Stay organised across all devices
  • Take Notes
  • Capture Photos
  • Create to do lists
  • Improve productivity
  • Work Collaboratively

Download Evernote


Notes are saved, searchable, and synchronised to OneNote apps on your other devices.

  • Share files
  • Take notes
  • Sync notebooks and with Skydrive

Download OneNote


A note-taking app which allows you to create different notebooks for all of the areas of your life.

Download Outline

Document storage


  • Convenient (drag and drop) online storage and sharing service.
  • Useful document sharing features image gallery functionality.

Download Dropbox

Google drive

Google drive offers: collaborative authoring; document sharing; cloud service; publishing; peer reviewing; group working.

Download Google drive


Document sharing; cloud service; group working.

Download OneDrive



NTU uses Microsoft Lync, you can download a Microsoft Lync 2010 app for your mobile device and stay in touch with those on Lync while on the go.

This app is limited to text chatting only, audio, video and desktop sharing is not currently supported.

Download Lync


More than likely does not need an introduction. Skype is offered as across most mobile devices and is free.

  • Video calls
  • Voice calls

Download Skype

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR Scanner

Take a photo of a document and convert it using OCR technology.

Download OCR Scanner

Turbo Scanner

Extract multiple pages from an image. Simply take a picture of a document that you would like to extract text from and email it to yourself or others.

Turbo Scanner

Text to speech


This high quality text-to-speech reader will read text. It enables the highlighting of text in time with spoken words. Useful for proof reading and helping with literacy and languages: French and Spanish are available.

Download Claro


TextHelp includes the features of most of the apps above which aid reading, writing and literacy. It aims to support reading fluency (Fluency Tutor); comprehension (Lexiflow); and improved internet navigation (Speechstream). The app includes an e-book reader, Dictionary, Speech and Spelling.

Download TextHelp

Speech to text


A voice-recognition application. The user can speak into device and instantly see text appear. The app can be used on SMS and e-mail messages and is up to 5 times faster than typing.

Download Dragon

Mind mapping

Simple Mind+

This app facilitates brainstorming, idea collating and thought structuring. It enables easy experimenting and editing and offers a range of style, colours and fonts.

Download Simple Mind+

Inspiration Maps

A mind mapping app which allows the user to create diagrams which can be built upon. Images taken from the internet or i-pad camera can be used. Templates are provided to guide the user with brainstorming for essays, organising projects and planning for revision. It can be synced with 'Dropbox'.

Download Inspiration Maps

Mind Genius

  • Quickly capture and structure your thoughts.
  • Use Output Tree or Map diagram layouts.
  • Add multiple branches without interruption
  • Add branch to access the keyboard then simply Type and select '+' to add multiple branches.
  • 100% compatible with MindGenius desktop version; Notes, categories, resources, pictures and action properties are all retained.

Download Mind Genius



Create presentations. Use pre created templates and add text and images.

Download Prezi

Dictionaries and thesaurus


An English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references. The free version includes definitions and synonyms as well as audio and text pronunciations.

Download Wordweb

As with Wordweb above, this app offers over 2,000,000 definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also provides audio pronunciation and example usage in sentences.


  • Last updated: 05/12/2022