We are currently testing Read & Write Gold.  We have a network version that simply runs out of our file storage, no server app needed.  It will also automatically create user accounts from your directory or you can export and import user accounts if you want to control who can/ can’t use it.


I, personally, haven’t done much to use it so far beyond install and testing.  However, our users so far love it.  It will also take dictation like dragon and will record text to mp3 among many other functions.  The voices are fine, but so far, I haven’t seen anything compare to Apple’s new voice in Leopard… which you can use if you run this on a Mac…. I wish we had more Macs.


Ball Park cost is $4500 per building and that’s a full site license covering every user, every computer. 


I don’t know the cost of the stand alone copies, but with the importance of Universal Design in the classroom the site license may be a no brainer?


So far, we like it.







Michael Vining, SB Network Services

South Burlington School District

South Burlington, Vermont 05403


Direct: (802) 652-7298

DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050



From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Hall
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:28 PM
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Subject: Re: read & write gold, speech to text?


We have had good success with a “pilot” of TextAloud (with the AT&T voices), and have also used Dragon in a limited implementation in the past. We had been using Dragon 8, which required a lot of training and a beefy machine to run effectively. We have just upgraded to 10 which I hear is much better, but have not yet had time to start training students.

TextAloud is somewhat basic, but does what we need it to do (read web pages, documents, audiobooks and save to MP3 file) for a reasonable price.

We are making plans for broader deployment next year, including laptops and MP3 players designated for SPED students. I, too, would like to hear what others are doing!

Eric Hall
Technology Coordinator
Waterbury/Duxbury Schools
Washington West Supervisory Union
Waterbury, VT
(802) 244-6100

on 3/11/09 5:41 PM, Pamela Burke wrote:

Hi all,
If you have experience using Read & Write Gold, especially it's speech  
to text feature, could you please send me your opinions?
Anyone out there using Dragon with students and loving it?

Pamela Burke
Librarian, Marlboro School
Marlboro, VT 05344

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