ZoomtextAll the Right Type by akgame

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									                                 Zoomtext XTRA 7.0
                                         with
                                All The Right Type 3.0

Installation/Conflicts:

•Quick trouble-free installation on Toshiba Satellite 2250 laptop with Windows 98.

•Quick trouble-free installation on IBM 300GL desktop with Windows 98.

•The two programs were very stable together on both machines, except for a minor
conflict with the large font option in the Practice Pavilion.

Program Design:

•The lessons are clear and sequential, beginning with the typing of letters and moving
on to words, sentences, and paragraphs. The controlled sequence option can be
turned off in the Options menu, allowing the student to move randomly through the
lessons.

•In the Learning Lab, letters are introduced and practiced with no time pressure. A
beep sounds when the student makes a mistake, and the correct letter must be typed
before proceeding.

•In the Practice Pavilion, single lines of letters and words are practiced and timed.

•In the Skill Building section, multiple lines of words, sentences, and paragraphs are
practiced and timed.

•In the Test Center, students take timed writing tests based on lessons they have
completed.

•Custom lessons may be created by the teacher. Students could practice typing their
own spelling words or curriculum content area materials.

•Detailed feedback is presented about number and type of errors and typing speed.
These records are preserved and can be printed.

•The activities are user-friendly, and the online Help manual provides clear instruction
for special topics such as student record management and creating custom lessons.
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Page setup:

•The activities are displayed in the same format from lesson to lesson, which works to
the advantage of the visually-impaired student.

•The top left and lower middle of the screen are the most-used locations, and the
student can quickly make the minor adjustments needed using the Zoomtext Alt+arrow
hot keys. For higher levels of magnification, you may want to use the Target Tool and
associated hot keys to move quickly around the main areas of the screen.

•When the typing line is displayed, ART automatically shifts focus to the lower middle
screen, and when results are displayed, ART again automatically shifts focus to the
upper left of the screen.

•After typing a line, the mouse cursor remains in its previous location on the page so
that hitting the Enter key will activate the “next line” button.

Font and Graphics:

•Zoomtext users may find it difficult to track the posture review screen. As the student
clicks on the screen with the mouse, little circles appear containing posture tips.
However, it is unpredictable where these might show up.

•Zoomtext users may find it difficult to track the hand position review screens. The keys
to be typed are outlined in a flashing red box, but the hands are bulky-looking line
drawings which move to show finger position.

•The fonts used in the menus and dialogue boxes are quite jagged, black on a gray
background, which may be difficult for students to see. Unfortunately, the Zoomtext
Speak-it Tool will not read these items.

•The list of lesson topics is easier to read, black on a white background, and less
fractured, except for the highlighted lesson topic. Students may have to click off the
highlighted topic to read it.

•The ART font used for the typing display is probably Roman or Courier, which
produces some bad jaggies at higher levels of magnification. You cannot edit the
drillfiles to change the font, and imported custom drillfiles must be saved in “text”
format which reverts to the same font used by ART.

•ART has its own large font setting, which works well with Zoomtext in the Learning
Lab, Skill Building, and Test environments. However, turning the large font on in the
Practice Pavilion caused a script error. Answering “yes” to the Continue Dialog and
clicking on the normal font setting restored the typing display line without crashing
Zoomtext.
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•It is possible to turn the display line off in the Options menu and have the student type
from a paper page instead of copying letters from the screen. It is possible to view and
print out all the drillfiles in the teacher’s Maintenance section. These could then be
copied and pasted into a word processor, where the font and size could be customized
before printing. The only advantage of this approach over a strictly text-based
approach would be to have detailed records of the student’s errors and timed writings
calculated by ART.

Zoomtext Tracking:

•Zoomtext tracking works very well with the ART display line. In the Learning Lab and
Practice Pavilion, single lines are used. In the Skill Building section, the student types
words, sentences, and paragraphs.

•You can try switching from edge to centre tracking for both mouse and caret under
Options/Movement/Alignment. Using center tracking rather than edge tracking
produces only a minor improvement.

•If you are experiencing trouble with tracking longer passages, turn Word Wrap off in
the Options menu. This will force a carriage return at the end of each typed line which
will send the cursor to the left edge of the page for the new line.

•If you create custom files for students, consider shortening the line length with
carriage returns to reduce scrolling or tracking problems at higher levels of
magnification.

Speech:

•There are no sound features in ART to conflict with speech in Zoomtext.

•Zoomtext will not read the menus, instruction boxes, or lesson selection dialogue
boxes, even when highlighted with the Speak-it Tool.

•The Zoomtext Typing Echo will echo characters or words as the student types. You
can make adjustments or turn off Typing Echo under Options/Screen Reader.

Keyboard access:

•The usual Windows keys for accessing the menu system do not work with ART, and
the student will have to use the mouse to access the menus.

•ART has no hot keys which interfere with Zoomtext hotkeys.

•The student can use the up and down arrows to scroll through choices in the activity
selection dialogue box.
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