One of our special educators got a grant (read: free!) several years ago for Accessibility Suite. Comparing it with Kurzweil, it does almost as much, is much easier to use, and costs much less than Kurzweil. Our free grant covered full installation on every computer in every building in our district. We would have had to pay a reasonable amount for support the next year, but no one would step up and say they wanted it. Instead, the district spent a lot of money for a few licenses for Kurzweil which didn't meet the needs of most of the kids it was purchased for, and, sitting side by side with a support staff person, the Accessibility Suite did exactly what was needed with fewer steps.
Check it out: http://www.readingmadeeasy.ca/education/
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>>> Paul Monette <[log in to unmask]> 9/22/2009 10:00 AM >>>
We have used Kurzweil 3000 at our school for the past three years and it has worked very well. We have network license.
Paul L., Monette
Newport City Elementary School
166 Sias Avenue
Newport, VT 05855
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From: School Information Technology Discussion [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Isham, David [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:46 AM
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Subject: Re: reading support for k-4
Kurzweil 3000 reads to you as it highlights text. You can scan any book,
and it comes with a ton of raw-text out-of-copyright books.
Site license lets you install to all workstations and it keeps track of
# using it.
We use v. 7.07
Grand Isle Supervisory Union
5038 US Rte 2
North Hero, VT 05474
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Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:34 AM
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Subject: reading support for k-4
Have any of your used this product? (essentially a one book mp3 player)
Any other ideas out there for a robust system of audio support for
That avoids allot of staff time.
we have used, http://librivox.org/
we do use, http://www.rfbd.org/
but are looking for something that the students can do themselves.
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