March 4th, 2014
 Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 now has transcription capabilities, allowing for speech-to-text conversion from pre-recorded audio files. Dragon Dictate is a well-known tool for converting speech to text. With new support for pre-recorded audio files, the software can "transcribe from any pre-recorded single-speaker audio file," according to Nuance. "This new transcription capability is fast, accurate and easy. And perfect for writers, creative professionals, students, educators, field workers, business executives — any user — who needs to access content from various audio files, such as podcasts, and other distinct formats of single speakers. For instance, teaching assistants and students can record lectures at close range and turn them into text, and field workers can now transcribe recordings of their interviews directly from their digital recorder or smartphone."
 
Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 is available now for OS X 10.8 or later. It retails for $199.99 for a single license, but volume licensing terms are also available.
March 3rd, 2014

Don Johnston Inc. has a line up of free product-related webinars in March and April, 2014.

Zach Bender will then demonstrate Co:Writer word prediction and explain how it includes supports that comply with your state’s guidelines.

 
Dr. Denise DeCoste will guide you through her FREE “Protocol for Accommodations in Reading” (PAR). It helps IEP team members compare independent reading levels to human read aloud and text reader accommodation conditions. This process helps make informed decisions about read aloud supports—traditionally one of the two most common accommodations.
 
Janet Sturm, Ph. D, CCC-SLP will share stories about students who were never expected to write, like Antonio and Sean. Now, as teenagers, they are expressing themselves through writing, despite their various disabilities.
 
Hear technology coordinator Mary Ann McGinn share how her district addressed this challenge through Start-to-Finish CORE Curriculum, a comprehensive literature-based reading curriculum.
 
Darren Avey, Assistive Technology Specialist, will outline the programs he implemented in 32 Texas schools to prepare for testing accommodation changes.  He will share stories about what worked well and what didn’t.
March 3rd, 2014

This archived webinar from January 2014 is from ISTE. There is a handout, as well.

Filter through your list of apps to create a core that truly provide all your students with a successful experience in learning, communication and engagement using the iPad. This session will demonstrate how I apply that filter to a sampling of apps that can be utilized across all subjects throughout the school experience.

Dan Herlihy,Connective Technology Solutions
January 30th, 2014

Did you know that IEP teams are only 50% likely to choose the most appropriate reading accommodation for a student unless they have an empirical screening process in place?

Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) is a diagnostic tool used to help determine which reading accommodations might be appropriate for a student who struggles with reading.

PAR helps you make more informed reading accommodation decisions by using graded passages that allow you to compare reading comprehension performance across 3 reading conditions (student read aloud, adult read aloud and text reader). Examiners should use standardized reading test scores as a starting place for administering PAR. Anyone on the IEP team can administer PAR to systematize how reading accommodations are recommended on a student level or across the school district. 
 
Don Johnston Inc. has both an on-demand webinar on PAR, asl well as live webinars planned for March and April, 2014.
January 30th, 2014

YouTube has again improved the functionality of their captioning tool for videos that you have posted on the site. The instructions are much the same but now, as you caption, the site will automatically pause the video while you are typing. This allows you to listen to exactly the amount that you can remember before you type it out, and saves hitting a pause key.


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