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1 Using Digital Media With Students Who Have Print Disabilities Presented by Marty R. McKenzie, Access Technology Coordinator Clay E. Jeffcoat, Access Technology Specialist SC School for the Deaf and the Blind David W. Bundy Telecommunications/Assistive Technology Specialist SC Commission for the Blind

2 Audio Formats DAISY - Digital Accessible Information System MP3 – Compressed Audio WAV – Uncompressed Audio CDA - Standard Audio CD Format

3 Benefits of Digital Media Moving away from multi-sided cassettes Portability File storage options Storage capacity Digital Media security

4 Advantages of the DAISY File Format Ability to detect phrases in spoken word content Offers ability to alter speed of the audio Ability to move directly to a specific page in a text Navigate text by character, word, sentence, paragraph, etc. DAISY format allows flexible searches depending on file structure

5 Other Formats Supported NOTE: Different DAISY devices may support various file formats Microsoft Word Rich Text Format Audio Compressed (MP3) Uncompressed Audio (WAV) HTML Format Raw Text (.TXT) Other Proprietary formats (Audible.com)

6 Educational Implications Portability allows ease of use both in and out of the classroom Vast amounts of electronic material available Public domain novels and other readings readily available Electronic materials available from many publishers upon request Ability to easily create electronic materials for use

7 Available DAISY Devices

8 Hardware Players APH Book Port Read DAISY Digital Talking Books Read contracted braille in Braille Ready Files Play MP3s in stereo Send web pages directly to Book Port from Internet Explorer (R) Navigate among files or within a book

9 Hardware Players APH Book port Continued Navigate by letter, word, sentence, paragraph, page, or section items (for audio files, Book Port navigates by finding pauses in narration) Control pitch, speed, and volume of speech Hear the file name, size, current position (as a percentage), page number, and the last modified date Add text to the search memory, then find every occurrence of that text in the file

10 Hardware Players Victor Reader Vibe Numeric keypad with clock- face orientation Button navigation by page, chapter or section Bookmarking feature allows for 100 bookmarks each for up to 14 books Audio voicing of key functions and number entry Voice speed-up/slow-down Fast forward/rewind DAISY 2.02/DAISY 2.0 playback Commercial CD and MP3 playback

11 Hardware Players Victor Reader Classic + Button navigation by page, chapter or section Key describer function CD slot drive Voice speed-up/slow down Large, tactile buttons Bookmarking capability: up to 2,000 bookmarks Plays commercial and MP3 CDs Compatible with RFB&D's headsets and adapters Daisy 2.02/Daisy 2.0 playback supported

12 Hardware Players V ictor Reader Wave Numeric keypad with telephone face orientation Button navigation by page, chapter or section (enhanced performance over the Vibe) Expanded Bookmark capacity over the Vibe. The Wave can store over 1500 bookmarks distributed over as many books as you like. Audio voicing of key functions and number entry

13 Hardware Players Victor Reader Wave Continued Voice speed-up/slow-down DAISY 2.02/DAISY 2.0 playback Commercial CD and MP3 playback Auto shut-off SLEEP function Save playback position of DAISY, MP3 and audio CD's 4-line LCD display (with text feedback for commands and display of book title and current section heading).

14 Hardware Players Telex Professor CD/Cassette Player Rechargeable battery with smart charging system for 8-10 hours of CD playing time AC Adapter Key describer function Button navigation by page, chapter or section Book marking capability: 32 bookmarks per book Printed and audio instructions

15 Hardware Players Telex Professor CD/Cassette Player Continued Voice speed-up/slow-down Fast forward/rewind DAISY 2.02 playback Standard and Four-Track talking book playback Accessible AM/FM radio with direct station tuning and 64 radio presets LCD Display Sound Graphic Equalizer Saves playback position of DAISY and MP3 CD’s 1 year manufacturers warranty Replacement period 30 days from shipment Firmware version

16 Hardware Players Telex Scholar Portable Player Six line LCD display Navigation by page, chapter or section Bookmarking feature allows for up to 32 bookmarks each for 32 books Voice speed up/slow down Fast forward/backward

17 Hardware Players Telex Scholar Portable Player Continued Tactile buttons - major navigation functions have large tactile rubber buttons Skip protection for smooth, uninterrupted reading Hold switch to prevent accidental play during transport I/O port for future upgrades and product offerings Daisy 2.02/2.0 playback Commercial CD and MP3 playback

18 Hardware Players PlexTalk PTR2 Player/Recorder Rechargeable battery included for up to 5 hours of continuous playback AC Adapter USB Connection Up to 90 hours of DAISY 2.02 Recording (on 700MB CD-R/RW) Key describer function CD Slot Drive CF Card Slot

19 Hardware Players PlexTalk PTR2 Player/Recorder Continued Button navigation by page, chapter or section Bookmarking capability: up to 10,000 bookmarks Printed and audio instructions Voice speed-up/slow-down Fast forward/rewind DAISY 2.02 playback CD Playback information (elapsed, remaining and total time of CD) System information (date, time and battery level) Carrying Case Auto shut-off SLEEP functionality Save playback position of DAISY and MP3 CD’s External Microphone capability 1 year manufacturers warranty Replacement period 30 days from shipment

20 Software Players Software Players EaseReader Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP compatible Pentium II 400 MHz or higher processor Internet Explorer MB RAM 60 MB hard disk space for installation Sound Card: Microsoft Windows compatible sound cards Need multi channel sound card if using other software systems that require a sound card, such as screen readers Compatible with JAWS: Version 4.02 or higher CD Drive: 6X or faster

21 Software Players Software Players Victor ReaderSoft Programmed to play RFB&D's AudioPlus books Navigation by page, chapter or section Key describer function Compatible with screen readers Daisy 2.02/Daisy 2.0 playback supported Saves user preferences Getting Started guide and reference menu Voice speed-up/slow down Bookmarking capability: unlimited bookmarks Drop down menus or keyboard shortcuts Built-in text to speech (synthesized voicing of screen text for those not using a screen reader) Replacement period 30 days from shipment Version 1.5

22 Software Players Programmed to play RFB&D's AudioPlus books Navigation by page, chapter or section Compatible with screen readers Daisy 2.02 playback supported Password-protected multi-user management system Electronic User Manual, Hotkey List and Quick Orientation Guide Voice speed-up/slow down Drop down menus, color- coded graphic toolbars or keyboard shortcuts Built-in text to speech (for bookmarks and text notes) Text Document Reader, perfect for test taking with additional navigation, find/search, ability to export text notes and much more NeoSpeech TTS Replacement period 30 days from shipment Version 2.0 eClipse Reader Software

23 Sources for books Bookshare.org : books, magazines, newspapers and Spanish for an annual fee; DAISY text and braille format for download; Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD): books and other materials for an annual fee; requires the purchase of a “key” for the Book Wizard Reader; source for college level books; CD in DAISY audio format via US mail; Web-Braille: Free books and magazines; requires NLS membership; Braille format for download; Audible.com: books and magazines for sale, requires BP activation; Digital Audio format for download;

24 Classic and Public Domain books The CD that comes with the Book Port: 1700 books in text format Project Gutenberg: free public domain books; text format for download; Gutenberg Australia: free books; text format for download; Distributed Proofreaders: free public domain books; text format for download; THE ONLINE BOOKS PAGE: free books; text and other format for download; Legends: free story books; text and htm format for download;

25 Other Sources Black Mask: books for free and for sale; text and htm format for download; B&R Samizdat Express: books for sale on CD; text format via US mail; Baen Books: free and subscription books; htm and text format for download; The Blind Bookworm: free books and links to sources; text format for download;

26 References and Newsletters Project Bartleby: collection of free books and reference materials; htm format; Encyclopedia Britannica: limited free use or subscription; htm format; Jupitermedia: free and subscription newsletters; text and htm format via ; e-newsletters.internet.com e-newsletters.internet.com Freedom Scientific: Free Bible; braille format for download; ftp://ftp4.freedomscientific.com/Blazie/books/bible/ ftp://ftp4.freedomscientific.com/Blazie/books/bible/ University of Virginia E-text Archives: books and articles; text and htm format for download; Etext.org archives: electronic text; text and htm format for download; l

27 Other Audio Sources Teaching Company: university courses for sale on CD; mp3 format via US mail; Tiflolibros: books in Spanish; mp3 format for download; Fictionwise: books for sale; mp3 format; Audio Books for Free: free books; mp3 format for download; Freedom Scientific: Free JAWS tutorials; mp3 format for download;

28 Comprehensive Databases Louis Database: books and materials from 170 agencies in the US; text and braille format for download; The Revealweb library catalogue: books and other materials; electronic format;

29 Newspapers Bookshare: New York Times and USA Today; braille and DAISY format for download; NewsStand, Inc: hundreds of newspapers for free and subscription; htm format via ; NewsVoyager: free search for local newspaper web sites from all over the world; htm format;

30 Digital Libraries The Norton Public Library: The Canadian Digital Library: The International Electronic Book Library: National Library for the Blind UK: International Public Library:

31 Radios and Shows Old Time Radio Shows: radio shows; mp3format for download; Turtle Services Limited: popular recordings from 1900 to 1930; mp3 format for download; The Museum of Modern Art, New York: audio commentary, programs and guides in different languages; mp3 format for download; ACB Radio: informative and entertaining material; mp3 format for download; ftp.acbradio.org ftp.acbradio.org RadioLovers: old-time radio shows; mp3 format for download;

32 Podcatchers that work well with screen readers iPodder: Primetime Podcast Receiver: spx spx spx

33 Podcast directories to get started Podcastalley.com: ww.podcastalley.com ww.podcastalley.com Podcast Bunker: iPodder.org: The World of Audio: List of blind podcasters:

34 Larry Skutchan’s podcasts Blind Cool Tech: Address to subscribe: Some podcasts in this site include: Getting Started Listening To Podcasts Getting Started Listening To Podcasts Using ipodder Using ipodder Introducing Book Port Introducing Book Port Exploring Features in Book Port 2.0 Exploring Features in Book Port 2.0 Book Port Firmware 2.1 Released Book Port Firmware 2.1 Released

35 Content in formats not directly supported BBC4 Audio Interviews A-Z: excerpts from the BBC's extensive archives of interviews with major cultural figures, from 1937 to the present; Real Media Audio format for download; Wired For Books: free books and interviews; Real Media Audio format for download; Book Locker: books for sale; pdf format for download; Jiggerbug: book rental service on CD or download; wma format for download;

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