For digital text (like Bookshare) we have had success with TexAloud, a low-cost reader. “High quality” digital voices can be purchased separately, for a total cost under $50 per station. Not a bad solution for those who cannot afford Kurzweil.


on 4/21/10 10:37 AM, Forman Maria wrote:

We have a Platinum subscription through Audible.  I loan out ipods with books on them.  If you manage an iPod manually you can download the book on to a student's ipod.
We also have a subscription to Recorded Books for the Blind and Dyslexic for individual students.  Students can get their own account at no cost. The downloads are not compatible with ipods.  I have found SansaClips to work the best.   You cannot get audio books from Bookshare, only books in a digital format.  You then have to use a text to read application like Kurzweil.  There are others less expensive applications available that do the same thing. You can then export to an MP3 format.  I only use Bookshare and RBFb&D when I can't get it from another source. RFB&D has textbooks- which is extremely useful.

We also purchase Playaways (individual MP3 players with one book on them). The younger students love them.  

Maria Forman
Twinfield Union School
106 Nasmith Brook Rd.
Plainfield, VT  05667
(802)426-3213 X222

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