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Re: [school-discuss] Home school for dyslexic students - adriane

Thanks!  I have used Knoppix in the classroom since 2003, but did not know about Adriane.  I will download it.  I also welcome the Daisy-player and eBook-speaker.  I have never found a Linux Daisy-player before so that's great.  Still am trying to install eBook speaker - what great information.


On 10.10.2012 12:40am, Dirk Schouten wrote:

Hi Laura,
Look for Knoppix and Adriane
Look for eBook-speaker and daisy-player
Daisy-player is incorporated in Adriane and 
eBook-speaker will be incorporated soon. We are 
looking for better voices than espeak. Sounds horrible 
IMHO. I'm visually impaired.

Website@School is also usable by blind or visually 

Kind regards,

Our Open Source projects for schools:
- Website@School (Content Management Learning System):
   Main site: http://websiteatschool.eu
   Manual (latest versions): http://wyxs.net/web/was/
- Digital interactive whiteboard for  99,95:
   DIY: http://wyxs.net/web/wiiscan/
   Non-DYI: http://onsbord.nl
- ServerAtSchool (Server-client system):
   ServerAtSchool Dutch site:
- Association "Schools Together Rich with ICT" (STRICT)

Media Action Projects: Sold out. See free PDF
On the use of media in education
http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/schoutdi/Now also translated in Japanese

LM wrote:
I'll throw out one more idea on the topic and perhaps we can do some brainstorming. There are some Linux distributions for visually disabled users. Perhaps some of their tools or even the entire distributions would be useful for dyslexic users too. At one point, I did some checking into what it would take to make systems more user friendly for visually disabled users. Didn't get very far. I did find a discussion on the possibility of enabling INX (an all command line distribution) for visually impaired users. I believe there was a mention of using command line tools and doing a tee to espeak. I found a FreeBSD podcast by a blind user on how he worked with FreeBSD. There's also a mailing list for visually impaired users. I remember posting a few questions to it at one point. I had read from certain sources that it was easier to take a command line/console based system and make them accessible. However, when I asked questions on the mailing list, some of the users found certain GUI based applications even easier to work with than the command line ones. It would be nice to check into some of the techniques these types of distributions use and see how easy it would be to enable. Would really like to see an article at the Schoolforge wiki on tips for making applications and operating systems more friendly for those with visual (or other) impairments. I'm also curious if there have been any studies on dyslexia and learning through games. What types of games would be the most effective from an educational sense? I've been looking at the code for some Open Source SDL based educational games. It might not be that hard to add a few system calls to espeak in the games or play some wave files with voices recorded. Most games are already enabled with sound effects. Why not add some words in as well? I can't help wondering how many Open Source games already out there might be easy to make a few code modifications to in order to reach a wider audience. If anyone's interested in discussing or pursuing this further, I'd certainly be happy to look at the code for some Open Source applications and see what it might take to make some changes to them that could make them more user-friendly for users with disabilities. Sincerely, Laura ### To unsubscribe from the schoolforge-discuss mailing list: Send an e-mail message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx with no subject and a body of "unsubscribe schoolforge-discuss"
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