Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Speech recognition hack turns Google Chrome into advanced bugging device

Something for users of speech recognition to keep in mind: Courtesy of Ars Technica,

"Users of Google's Chrome browser are vulnerable to attacks that allow malicious websites to use a computer microphone to surreptitiously eavesdrop on private conversations for extended periods of time, an expert in speech recognition said."

Thursday, 24 October 2013

[Free Webinar] Demystifying the Apple iPad for Special Education

Free webinar coming up from Cambrian Learning Technologies/Kurzweil Educational Systems:

Screenshot of firefly app login screen
Screenshot of firefly app

"The Apple iPad has quickly become a teaching tool since its introduction in 2010. Are you using it for your special education students but don't know which apps are the best? Or are you overwhelmed with the options for apps? Join us as Jennifer Edge-Savage, assistive technology specialist and occupational therapist, demystifies the iPad and shows you the benefits of using this mobile device for students who struggle to learn. She will also provide helpful hints on how to successfully use the Kurzweil 3000-firefly iPad app with this special student population."

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 PM ET - Webinar description and registration link

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Writing Tools for Expressive Language and Learning Disabilities

Word Completion and Word Prediction

"Word prediction technology is used to assist with text entry. These software packages predict the word you are typing and the next word based on word frequency and context (Center, 2008)".

Two popular examples of word prediction software:

- wordQ 

- Co:Writer

Text to Speech Software

"Text-to-Speech software is used to convert words from a computer document (e.g. word processor document, web page) into audible speech spoken through the computer speaker (Center, 2008)".

For example, here it can be used to self-check/edit your writing by reading aloud what you have written:

- Write:OutLoud

Voice Activated Computing

"Voice Recognition allows a user to use his/her voice as an input device. Voice recognition may be used to dictate text into the computer or to give commands to the computer (such as opening application programs, pulling down menus, or saving work) (Center, 2008)".

In this example, you can see it used in combination with word prediction when writing:

- speakQ

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

[Free Webinar] Using ZoomText on the Web

AiSquared is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 on using ZoomText screen magnification for searching, navigating, and filtering through content on the web.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

[Support] Website for Blind and Low-Vision Users of Apple Products

Great site recommendation from the inimitable Eggmann on the VIRN Tech listserve: is "A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

AppleVis is a rich resource that strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. As a community, we seek to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which these mainstream products and related applications can offer opportunities to the vision-impaired for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment.

AppleVis also offers resources and mechanisms for raising awareness of the accessibility of Apple products and related applications, and for promoting further advancement in accessibility."

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