Here’s a follow up to last week’s comparison of word prediction and voice recognition on mobile devices. These videos compare the text to speech options.
Here are two quick videos that compare word prediction on 3 mobile devices and voice recognition on the same mobile devices.
Researchers at MIT have done it again. View this on-line article about a ring that they are developing which will perform OCR and Text to Speech as an individual moves his finger across the text. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/fingerreader-read-blind-mit_n_5565898.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063) Can’t wait for it to be produced. It will be life changing for many.
Nothing like spending a few minutes cooling off and watching videos that will inspire Check out this group of communication friends.
Recently GW Micro and Microsoft formed a partnership where individuals with a version of Office 2010 or newer could download a FREE copy of Window Eyes, a screen access speech program made by GW Micro.
Did I just say FREE??? Not only is this a great opportunity for students, families, and schools to access a FREE screen access program, it can also smooth the way for transitioning with AT into college and work environments. Check out the Window Eyes website to learn more about this announcement and the program….. http://www.gwmicro.com/
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With over 300 AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) apps available, finding the right one for your needs can be very difficult and time-consuming. With AAC apps ranking among some of the most expensive apps available, it is also costly to make mistakes! The AAC Ferret helps you to quickly find the AAC app(s) with the exact features you need! This app was developed by the wonderful team at Spectronics in Australia. Here’s an introductory webinar from the Spectronics team explaining the app.
We just love quality free educational materials! Since, teachers love to share and summer is coming up, maybe you can find a little time to search, download and print some new resources for next year. Visit the Chapel Hill Snippets blog for interesting blog posts and free materials,
We all love free stuff, especially downloadable pictures for making visual supports. The Head Start Center for Inclusion, University of Washington, offers a nice collection of visual supports for transitioning, performing daily activities, assisting with behaviors, social skills, and other routines in early childhood. Check it out!
Many iPad apps are available to support learners with reading and writing difficulties. The Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Center in Scotland recently completed a wheel of apps that support students with reading and writing difficulties. This Wheel of Apps is not comprehensive but attempts to identify relevant, useful apps and to categorize them based upon challenges students might have. The wheel includes links to each app, although it links to the iTunes UK store, useful information about the app can be obtained.
Check out this report to learn more about this life changing technology!