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Free Apps for Students & Staff

Reading, Captions, Notes and Text-to-Speech

 Kurzweil for iPad 

Firefly by Kurzweil  for iPad 

Firefly by Kurzweil Education for the iPad is a mobile extension to the Kurzweil 3000 screen reader made for reading web pages. Firefly delivers anytime, anywhere access to key reading supports such as audio text to speech.


Read and Write for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows

Read and Write is a professional text to speech program that also converts text into spoken words. Read & Write will:

  • Help people with dyslexia
  • Allow students to listen to textbooks
  • Make proof-reading effective

All CHC students are eligible to download a copy of Read & Write for their home computer and/or mobile device for free! All you need to do is login using your CHC email address and password for full access! 


Note Taking & Audio Recording Apps

Microsoft OneNote for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows

OneNote is FREE to all CHC students, and an easy way to record audio from classes and meetings. Wherever you are: take high-quality audio recordings, highlight the key moments of audio for review, add photos right alongside your audio, type brief text notes for further context and break your recording into sections by topic.Build powerful resources by adding audio, drawings, dictation, diagrams and text notes right inside your notes!

Otter.Ai Video Transcription & Video Meeting Notes Made Easy

Otter.Ai provides quick & easy automated video transcriptions with summary keywords, highlights, and full audio transcripts, on any type of device. You can get 600 mins free every month! It is remarkably accurate and even adds punctuation!


Free Live Closed Captioning & Note-Taking App

Ava is a free unlimited use app that allows anyone to show live captions on their smart phone, computer, or tablet. Ava's closed captions can be overlaid onto any type of video or audio source! Users can use Ava to take meeting or lecture notes, which can be instantly downloaded as a full text transcript.

Voice Recognition

Dragon Anywhere for iOS and Android

Dragon Dictation is a FREE, easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon Naturally Speaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. It’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.


Password Management

BitWarden for iOS and Android

Keep your digital activity safe with Bitwarden, the ultimate free password manager app for passcode storage, secure encryption and online transactions. Lock up your passwords in Bitwarden’s vault, it’s theft proof.


Sharing, Storing and Collaboration

Microsoft Office 365 for iOS, Android, Mac and PC

Take your docs anywhere. Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Office 365 is synced automatically to all your devices.

Microft Office 365 is now free for all CHC students and Staff!



Microsoft OneNote for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows

Take notes, add files (PDF, word documents, spreadsheets and more), create checklists, sketches, record lectures and capture moments.  All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud. Microft OneNote is part of Office 365, which, is free for all CHC students and Staff! 



Photomath for iOS and Android

Simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with detailed step-by-step instructions, all for free.