What’s New in WirelessBy Tanenhaus, Joan; Closing the Gap, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 24-26
Publication Date: June/July 2011
Article describes new wireless computer hardware and software designed to aid students with disabilities. Products discussed include (1) Dragon NaturallySpeaking Wireless Version 11 Premium, which features a new Sidebar showing tips and commands, Recognition Analytics which continuously monitor audio quality and alerts users to audio issues, new commands consolidating multiple mouse click and keystrokes, a redesigned Help system, and enhanced hardware and software support which include Netbooks, Office 2010 and OpenOffice Writer; it also includes a Plantronics Calisto Headset with Bluetooth USB adapter; (2) Intuos4 Wireless Graphic Tablet, a pen tabletwith Bluetooth wireless technology that allows it to be used up to 33 feet away from the computer; it can be helpful for individuals with disabilities who can use a pen interface and can be used together with a SmartBoard or computer for developing fine motor skills; (3) PageBot for Kindle enabling the wireless book readers to be adapted for switch use; (4) Listen & Respond, a new interactive program for Windows which can be used with older students learning transitional, life, and pre-vocational skills; it reinforces the connection of a verbal request to pictures or words within familiar environments including a cafeteria and 6 stores; (5) Language Tutor for grades Pre-K through 3, a card reader that includes audio content, extensive memory and speech recording capabilities, and real life photography and vocabulary; Language Tutor Cards are sold separately; and (6) Phonics Modular Flip Charts, a set of 11 charts for reinforcing phonics concepts such as letter recognition and simple word formation.
Assistive Products Discussed: DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)