So much to learn. ASK has just made a change that might make skill creation a little easier. There are webinairs and skill building days jn the state and international cities like Berlin. But you can make the most of access to their videos start with this webinair:-
“All I want to do is search the internet and watch my films”
Sounds straightforward? But in practise when you are:-
- totally blind
- no hand/finger function
It is incredibly difficult to do!
I have been working with this client for over 18 months now. We have looked at a variety of solutions. Echo Dot has been successful in giving the client a leisure activity playing music and accessing books and games using her voice to control . The Amazon Fire Stick is the next project to integrate with the Echo Dot to extend the range of programs with audio description available. It does have a menu that is spoken but requires the remote to scan the menu- not possible with no hand/finger function.
So it was a joy when using Dragon Dictate 13 and Sero (samobile.net) and found that simple commands such as “SEARCH” “PRESS ENTER” and “TAB” could navigate and select items on Sero that the client used to be able to do.
I now have the task of trying to get the laptop to start up and switch down. Once the on button is pressed the client can control all the computer’s functions at startup. One solution is to never the shut the laptop down. Have it go into hibernation and then wake it up with a command. This is my next goal along with making the Amazon Fire stick do more than “stop” and “play” a channel using the Echo Dot as input.
Simple questions like the one this post started with often have quite complex answers which frustrates the client/user. In an ideal world we would just love the tech to just work and integrate seemlessly with each other. Ah well…. role on Artifical Intelligence which does offer that possibility!
I think teachers / administrators and just about anyone who puts someone through a boring powerpoint presentation. When it’s the speaker and what they have to say that counts. Personally speaking its your personality that counts – and of course your hard won wisdom. Put them together and no matter what you put on the screen your audience will be engaged. Of course, it’s important to be designed competently but that it’s really it. You either have it or you don’t have it!
So thank you Dave Mac for pointing this out to us! I salute you!
I had occasion to use this feature that is on all iOS mobile devices. I walked to a client’s house with my backpack with (I thought) my iPad in the backpack. I then had to travel on bus to a nearby town to see my daughter.
It was while I was there that I found there was no iPad in my backpack! I retraced in my mind where this could be . At the client’s house? On the bus? It was then I realised this feature “Find my iPhone” and to give peace of mind I checked the map to see that the iPad had never left my home!
There are other apps that do a similar thing such as “Find my family” which helps to track your children’s whereabouts via their iOS device. This is good for knowing when your partner, child, etc are about to arrive home as an alert occurs when they drive up the home’s road!
There is an Android equivalent ” Find my Phone” so this means that the commonly produced smartphones have this feature.
Wouldn’t be good if you knew what an app can do before you buy it? Well I have for a number of years been collecting, classifying and evaluating a number of apps which you can see on this website under “Apps” and then “Online App Database”
You can also add your own apps and classify them according to pre-set values. To do this follow the link here or on “Apps”:-
It’s completely free and open 24hrs a day without the need for passwords or usernames! Enjoy!
Find my flow is from Launchpad and is designed to be used as a supportive tool for students who have received DSA funding for assistive technology and for students who prefer to learn when they want to without the need for face to face training.
First impressions – impressive and clearly and helpfully laid out. If I struggled with reading text the icons guide me and the layout encourages me to work in a linear fashion. Then there are the helpful videos ! They are graphically interesting and very easy to follow, not too long and above not patronizing!
I think the use goes beyond DSA. It could be used by any secondary pupil who wants to find out more about specific software packages. Getting the message across about study skills is the need!! Teaching students how to learn is often neglected due to time pressures sand AT is so detailed Find My Flow is perfect for that.
There is a helpful note aid memoire at the bottom where notes can be made. I made one as a lecturer to make sure I put my presentation up on the online portal well ahead of time.
At the end of any section there is a task to do which backs up the learning just done.
Well done Launchpad! Good job! Finally, let me quote what they say about this product:-
“FindMyFlow is an online study resource that uniquely combines Study Skills with Assistive Technology. Like to see FindMyFlow in action? Drop us an email today to book a demonstration. We also provide free complimentary licences to Assessors.
- AI Predicted to increase over the next decade
- China racing the US in impacting this market
- Investment in maths for young people, programmers,engineers
- AI will Invade all our lives in the future
- Quantum computing and AI
- Qubits – you can do anything you like. What can you do with your learning.
- Blockchain – completely opposite of multi-academy