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Co: Writer 7 and Co:Writer iPad App now here! 0

Co:Writer has a 20-year history of helping students write even after nothing else worked.    Now, for 2013 Co:Writer is even better with the new iPad App and Co:Writer 7. cwa_devicesThe Co:Writer iPad App uses the same word prediction engine as Co:Writer desktop with many of the most important features students rely on like FlexSpell and Topic Dictionaries. Some of Co:Writer 7 new features include: Over 4 million Instant Topic Dictionaries through unique “web scraping” technology.  No searching, pasting, saving – just get writing on practically anything from “Canadian Confederation” to “Wonders of the World,” in seconds. Testing Accommodation Supports:  Quickly restrict features (predict ahead, grammar, Topic Dictionaries, etc.) during the big test. Data Reporting  that tracks time spent writing and vocabulary usage of individual students and groups. USB Flash Drive Support  On-screen Keyboards built into your Mac and Windows operating systems Read the DJ article “Word Prediction—What’s Good Enough?“ to learn the difference between Co:Writer and other word prediction programs.

Zinguis Get New Operating System 0

All new Zingui devices will be running version 4.1.3.1141 of Mind Express as their operating system. This version of Mind Express is now almost identical (including add-ons such as Agenda) to the version running on the Mind Express 4 for PC used in the Tellus 4.   The few minor differences are listed below. The Zingui is a popular small tablet communication aid, that is fully bilingual (English and French).  Durable, purpose built, with long battery life and powerful sound, the Zingui has proven particularly popular with children in schools. You can now use a regular Mind Express 4 to import/export communication boards onto the Zingui (see File > Import from Zingui and File > Export to Zingui). A full version Mind Express 4 will now be delivered  with each Zingui. As well as a  Mind Express 4 user manual, users will also receive an updated Zingui user manual (with specific Zingui related information). A few differences between Mind Express 4 for PC and for Zingui:
  • There is no media library on the Zingui. All images and sounds are transferred using the PC version.
  • No support for multiple users.
  • No Windows control functions (as the Zingui is a dedicated Mind Express device).
  • No video support (MP3 is supported though).
  • No Camera support.
  • No E-mail support (this may be added in a future version).
  • The Agenda editor is a little different.

SymbolWorld -- Free Symbolized Articles and Stories On your PC, iPad or Mac! 0

SymbolWorld is a wonderful resource from Widgit that we constantly share in our training sessions and workshops.  SymbolWorld has short articles – science, social studies, recipes, jokes and more -- carefully symbolized and written in a clear, simple style.  eLive magazine pages have current events, reviews, sports stories from around the world also symbolized and considerately written. Teachers have told us they use SymbolWorld articles for research, class discussions and modeling writing.  Readers of SymbolWorld vary from adults with cognitive challenges, to kids with reading disabilities to students who are new to English. Web-based SymbolWorld works beautifully on any browser, including iPads or other tablets. [slideshow] Now the eLive magazine is better than ever! New stories will be published instantly  and other popular categories such as 'People', 'Entertainment' and 'Sports' will be updated regularly.  All supported by the regularly updated 40,000+ Widgit symbol vocabulary. If you haven’t checked out SymbolWorld in awhile you may not have realized that you can now customize the settings for greater accessibility including colour, size, page layouts and heights for scrolling. Just register for free and you can change settings and even print symbolized articles.

New firefly App for iPad from Kurzweil 0

Kurzweil Educational Systems (KES) just announced the release of the Kurzweil 3000®firefly app for the iPad. firefly app logofirefly is a streamlined version of Kurzweil 3000, the reading/writing software for kids to adults with literacy challenges, that  runs entirely off the web. You can learn more about firefly and its app on our K3000 web page. firefly is light on features compared to its PC and Mac siblings but that’s intentional.  firefly delivers text to speech, highlighting, dictionary and other supports without overwhelming with the features that K3000 is known for. The student who needs the full on customizing that k3000 can do, would probably have her own laptop with all the power that can deliver. But if you struggle with science vocab, or English is not your first language so novel study leaves you gasping for air, or your waiting funding to come through for that laptop with K3000 – firefly can deliver immediate support at school, at home or an Internet café. And now with the new free app, firefly can run on the iPad, too.screen shot ff app The firefly app is available as a timed trial from the iTunes App Store, just search the education category for “firefly Kurzweil.” Currently, if you run a web-network license subscription to Kurzweil 3000, you get access to firefly for free.  And now, with that same login you can get unlimited access to the firefly iPad app.  Just use the same username and password and you’re in. If you’re a regular Kurzweil user, you’ll might not find the tool or function you’re used to in there quite yet.  But with the web version of firefly KES has added lots of functions since its release back at the start of this year.  We expect the same to happen with the iPad app version of firefly. Let us know what you think of the interface, the reading and anything else you like or don’t like - we’ll pass it on.  As the Canadian K3000 experts, we do get their ear.