A.T. in Isle of Man schools

Sight and Sound Technology to Support Isle of Man School Literacy Initiative.

The initiative, which is jointly funded by The Department of Education and Children (EDC) and The Department of Economic Development (DED) of the Isle of Man Government, aims to provide a solution to students who require assistance in reading, writing and learning, with the main goal of the initiative being to improve grade attainment and employment prospects of students on the island.

Sight and Sound Technology will provide ongoing support to students and teachers on a day-to-day basis through their assistive technology help desk, at the company’s headquarters in Northampton.

The initiative will provide all schools on the island with Kurzweil 3000, a best in class literacy support screen reader application that supports learners in reading, writing, organisation and other activities of their study. Students will have access to the software at home and also be able to access the latest “Cloud” (internet) based version of Kurzweil 3000 called “firefly”.

The DEC’s five secondary schools will also be provided with Dragon Naturally Speaking – a digital dictation solution that integrates with Kurzweil 3000, enabling students to perform tasks on their computer through speech recognition.
The initiative aims to improve students’ skills for employment and achievement in later life.

© B.D.A. New Technologies Committee. April 2013.
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