September 2009 Test/Exam Accommodation No or Low Tech Technological Common e-reader or scan & read extra time Kurzweil 3000 is our most distraction-reduced used accommodation environment approx. 40% of students dictionary or spell checker prepared about 200 use of a computer w/ spell alternate format texts so & grammar check far this year voice dictation software Less Frequent (now) Dragon Naturally reader Speaking scribe leniency towards spelling editing software & grammar errors textHELP Read & Write Classroom/Lecture Accommodation No or Low tech Technological Common FM system Tape/digital recorder digital recorder note-sharer/taker electronic note sharer professors‘ use of lecture notes on web overheads/ visual organizer Note taking tools: Alpha-Smart Less Common lap-top computer wait time when called upon Pocket PC lecture outline in advance w/keyboard What Kind of Technology is Available? Software: Scan and Read / Text to Speech Voice Recognition Screen Magnifiers MindMapping / Organizational Hardware: Notetaking Tools Organizational Tools Video Magnifiers Spelling Tools www.kurzweiledu.com Also see WYNN 3.1, Premier Programming Scan & Read, TextAloud MP3, ReadPlease 2003 Prologue - Meet Leigh Ann Never identified until post-secondary ―Would rather look lazy than stupid‖ Never read a book Learnt class material either by watching the movie version or through group discussions Always lost full spelling/grammar marks Attended Carleton (still not identified) marks were around 50% Kurzweil 3000 - Overview Scan a page and then the computer reads it out loud. Used for: reading, test taking, writing, research For individuals with: learning disabilities reading difficulties - print & physically disabled Highlights & tracks: as it is spoken aloud Multi-sensory approach to reading & writing at school, at home, at work Improves: reading speed and comprehension Classic literature CD – 1,100 titles! How we prepare texts at Nipissing Basic Kurzweil scanning procedure Publishers send a copy of purchased textbook We cut off the spine High speed scanner, 80ppm Convert from pdf to Kurzweil Regular textbook can be scanned and converted within an hour or two Formatting (photos etc.) remains the same We burn it to a CD Reading Toolbar features Can vary: voice, reading speed, reading mode Track print visually (on the page or in the magnifier box - change colour & highlights) Speak definitions, pronunciation guide Toolbars are customizable; test taking, scanning, minimal, etc. Read the web feature The Study Skills Toolbar Highlighters; let you add your own highlighting to the words in a typed or scanned document. You can attach; text notes, sticky notes, or notepads on top of text Voice notes - enable you to record spoken notes and attach them to a document. You can extract; highlights, notes, or bookmarks Kurzweil 3000 Create audio files from text Text can be converted to MP3 format Listen to your notes or text on your computer or MP3 player Convert it again to play on a regular CD player . Kurzweil Cont. Scan & read print materials scan in colour or black & white save with page formatting or as text only can open many formats (.doc, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .tif) Scanning Basics Flatbed Scanner Repeated Scanning, Setting the Delay Two Facing Pages ADF Scanner (Automatic Document Feeder) 8-80 pages/minute, $400 - $10000 Virtual Printer Send any document (pdf, word, etc.) to Kurzweil without a scanner. Editing Scanned Documents Change Underlying Word Edit/Correct OCR/ Change… For Broken or Merged words Edit Underlying Text Edit/Correct OCR/Edit… For correcting Large Amounts of text Change the Pronunciation of a word Kurzweil 3000 Writing skills toolbar features word processor dictionary thesaurus (synonyms) spell check word prediction (create a custom word list) Epilogue - Leigh Ann Today Transferred to Nipissing in 2002; diagnosed with Visual processing LD Short term memory deficit ADHD Read her first book when she was 22 (immediately after she received her technology) Finished her undergraduate year with an 83% average Uses technology: Laptop Computer Kurzweil 3000 textHELP Read & Write Pocket PC (MP3s), scanner Just completed B. Ed. degree (teaching) w/89% average More about Kurzweil 3000 Average price: $1100 (B&W) ($500-$1800) Install the trial: 30 day trial available Text to Speech Definitions Scan & Read Software converts printed word to electronic speech typically uses a scanner in the process & OCR – Optical Character Recognition – software Kurzweil 3000, WYNN, Read & Write Gold, Premier Programming Scan & Read Reading Software (& screen readers) converts e-text to electronic speech TextHELP, ReadPlease, TextAloud MP3, WordQ, HELPRead Freebies ReadPlease 2003 Project Gutenburg Text-to-speech (no http://promo.net/pg/ scanning feature) classic literature - Developed in Canada books out of copyright Free version or Shakespeare to Aesop‘s purchase more fables, Beatrix Potter, Mark advanced versions Twain, etc. Supports AT&T Voices over 10,000 titles Easy over 300 titles to use for children & adolescents NaturalReader http://www.naturalreaders.com Free reading tool with three interfaces: Text view Web view Mini Board Demo Comparison Kurzweil 3000 Kurzweil 3000 ReadPlease 2003 Scan&Read, Colour Scan&Read, B&W (free download) + + + High Speed Canon Sheet-feed HP Canon Flatbed Scanner Scanner Scanner with OCR ≃ $5247 ≃ $1487 ≃ $99 www.nuance.com Also see IBM’s ViaVoice, Microsoft Office XP Prologue - Meet Kristen Identified in kindergarten Diagnosed in grade 4 with dyslexia & dysgraphia Reading (decoding) & writing (encoding – spelling, grammar, etc.) & sequencing Spent hours & hours each week in remediation Had to read everything 5 times Took 3 hours to write a 1 hour exam Always lost full spelling/grammar marks Was told she would not graduate high school Today would not pass Grade 10 literacy test* *without accommodation Accommodation for Writing Scribe Note sharer Tape or digital recorder Word processor Voice to text technology such as Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recogntion software Dragon NaturallySpeaking Benefits people Physical disabilities Fine motor problems LDs who can verbalize but not write Writing tool Get the ideas down Worry about grammar and sentence structure afterwards Dragon NaturallySpeaking Individual voice files Dictate directly into the computer 5 to 15-minute training session Patience! Works with MS Word, WordPerfect, almost all Windows programs Dragon NaturallySpeaking Allows hands-free use of the computer Have to memorize commands ―scratch that‖ ―select ‗word‘‖ ―go to sleep‖, ―wake up‖ ―go to end of document‖ Voice file is transferable Helping train a voice file Beware the voice! Dragon NaturallySpeaking Program is intuitive ( period vs . ) Read back – two modes Test taking – alone or in combination with Kurzweil or textHELP Read & Write Newest version 9.0 claims 99% accuracy Need lots of RAM Similar program within MS Office There is a French version too Epilogue - Kristen Today Has to do her readings once Writes exams in same time as other students Uses technology: Laptop Computer Kurzweil 3000 textHELP Read & Write Dragon NaturallySpeaking Pocket PC, scanner, scanning pen, speaking spell checker Graduated 2005 with 85% average Worked for 3rd & 4th years as a research assistant Taught as a history TA in her 4th year Completed her Masters @ Guelph in 1 year Greatest accomplishment was introducing technology to Guelph Went to Concordia for PHD w/ $80K fellowship More about Dragon NS average list price: $99 (Standard version – single user) $185 (Preferred version – multiple users) $1040 (Medical or Legal version) visit the Dragon NS site at www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/ www.texthelp.com Also see WordQ, Aurora Systems textHelp Read & Write Overview Floating toolbar Primarily used with a word processor Reading tools Screen Reader Text Reader Writing tools Word Prediction Dyslexic Spell Checker Homonym Checker Thesaurus Word Wizard R&W Reading Tools Read the screen & applications (icons, menus) Highlight and read e-text (docs & html) Track words in 4 different ways In the document Text reader window Speech balloon One word display Can change: voice speed, voice pitch, and highlighting colours and size Listen to text as you type – by letter, word, sentence or speak punctuation Listen to words and definitions - in Spell Check and Word Wizard R&W Writing Tools Listen to your writing Check spelling – as you type or after Dyslexic (b p q d) and first letter errors - filosofy Speaks back definition; gives examples in context By parts of speech – noun, verb, adjective, adverb Keeps spelling log – errors and dates Check homophones Speaks back definition; gives examples in context R&W Writing Tools Word Prediction Change prediction window size and colours Find a word - the word starts with ―def…‖ Expand vocabulary – learns as you type or import spelling lists Personalize - learns your writing style and predicts for YOU Program phonetic replacements (fone, filosofy) R&W Writing Tools Word Wizard – expands vocabulary Look for alternative or linking words example – auto: part of speech; get a definition; do a search – ―more things like…‖ or ―different kinds of …‖ For research – president R&W Math Tools Calculator – listen to your math work Talking calculator Can change the size and colors Can printout an audit trail TextHELP Gold also contains a scientific calculator More about textHELP R&W average list price $425 visit the textHELP site www.texthelp.com/ www.clarityusa.com Clarity Classmate Overview For students with visual impairment Portable, < 8 lbs Can be viewed through laptop Autofocus Sliding table for text Magnifies 4X - 60X Magnifies 24X distance (2‖ letter appears 2.75‖) Remote control 3 modes (colour, B&W, inverse) www.zoomtext.com Zoomtext Overview 1x to 16x Magnification, as specific as 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x and 2.5x. Eight Zoom Window Types You choose which part of the screen is magnified. New 'xFont' Advanced Text Magnification Displays the clearest magnified text possible. Color, Contrast and Brightness Controls Change screen colors to eliminate glare and reduce eyestrain. Visible Pointers and Cursors Enhance the size and color of the mouse pointer and text cursor, making them easier to find and follow. Screen and Text Reader FM System Wireless transmission Auditory Processing & Attention from teacher to student within the classroom Focus on the teacher‘s voice Background noise is minimized Lightweight Student controls volume Integrates with hearing devices Creativity software Mind Mapping Inspiration Software Kidspiration Software www.inspiration.com See also: MindManager, Mindmapper, Freemind Inspiration Useful for Features include Idea gathering Integrated diagramming & outlining environments Brainstorming Many pre-designed Concept mapping templates Planning 1,250+ symbols Organization Create hyperlinks directly Sharing Ideas to the web Inspiration Other Mapping Software Mind Manager http://www.mindjet.com/us/ Smart Ideas http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-US/Products/SMART+Ideas/ Free Mind (free mapping software) http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page White Noise or Earmuffs Provide a distraction reduced environment Inexpensive Many sound therapy machines have earphone plugs & other sounds Background Noises White Noise Brook Heartbeat Ocean Waves Summer Tropical Rain Thunderstorm Night Forest Pocket PCs Runs on Windows platform Includes Microsoft Word, Excel Windows Media Player (textbooks) Note taker (keyboards) Organizer Schedule TextAloud MP3 Another Text to Speech Program Inexpensive Reads text aloud or Converts e-text to an audio file (MP3, .wav) Listen to textbook or study notes on PocketPC, MP3 player, in the car, on a Discman, etc. Adjustable voices: speed and volume AT&T voices Portable Note Takers AlphaSmart or Quickpad Simple Low cost Lightweight, Rugged, Ergonomic Design A great investment Far less expensive than a PC. Extraordinary Battery Life: Can run over 700 hours on AA alkaline batteries. Weighing less than 2 lbs. and virtually indestructible, it's an indispensable tool in and out of the classroom. www.alphasmart.com/ www.quickpad.com Spell Checker, Speaking Spell Checker Franklin MWD-1490, SCD-1870 Over 100,000 words, 500,000 synonyms Full Merriam-Webster definitions Instant phonetic spell correction Learning exercises / vocabulary builders Book card slot for additional Franklin titles. Talking Spell Checkers Franklin LM-6000B Speaking Language Master 130,000 words 300,000 definitions 500,000 thesaurus entries 8-line display AC adapter jack Contrast control Adjustable font size Phonetic Spell Correction Grammar Guide 12 word games www.franklin.com Handheld Scanners IrisPen Easy to use Faster than manual retyping Easy transfer to computer Reads 6 to 22 points size Recognizes up to 56 languages Recognizes up to 1000 characters per second Reads wavy and distorted characters Reads text, numbers, and bar codes http://www.irispen.com/ Handheld Scanners Quicktionary Reading Pens Various versions available Scanning dictionary that reads definitions Scan up to 1000 pages of text Translate different languages http://www.wizcomtech.com/index.php3 Recorders & Digital Cameras Record lecture notes Digital Camera Relatively inexpensive Take photos of; boards, Pop-up microphone overheads, slides, etc. Counter for note taking Transfer to notes Auditory learners Use with PocketPC Edit out excess Visual learners Free Software Screen Magnifier (Lens Magnifier) http://www.markuswelz.de/freeware/index.html Talking QuickCalc 1.2 http://www.simtel.net/search.result.php?format=&SiteID=simtel.net Big Simple Talking Calculator (also good for low vision) http://www.simtel.net/search.result.php?format=&SiteID=simtel.net Talking Web Browser (Simply Web 2000) http://www.econointl.com/sw/ Text Reader (ReadPlease 2003) www.readplease.com Screen Reader (textHELP Screen Reader v4) http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/15213.shtml Free OCR Software (for your scanner) http://www.simpleocr.com/ Free Mind Mapping Software http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Internet Resources for AT Schwab Learning Assistive Technology Guide (3rd Ed.) www.schwablearning.org/articles.asp?r=488&g=4 Assistive Tech for Kids with Learning Disabilities — An Overview www.schwablearning.org/articles.asp?r=286 Georgia Tools for Life Learning Disabilities & Assistive Technology www.gatfl.org/ldguide/at.htm LDOnline Technology Articles and Links www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/technology/technology.html More Internet Resources for AT Assistive Technologies Tools @2Learn.ca http://www.2learn.ca/teachertools/Assistivetech/assistref.html SNOW - Adaptive Technology Product Resources http://snow.utoronto.ca/technology/products/index.html Assistive Technology for Physical Disabilities http://www.rehabtool.com/ Intellitools - Learning Technologies for PreK-8 Classrooms http://www.intellitools.com/ Gus Communication http://www.gusinc.com/ Questions? . . . 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