Bookshare and Apps

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Dj Butcher

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Aug 11, 2016, 2:56:36 PM8/11/16
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I've always used Read2Go or GoRead with students; but there are so many other apps that work too (Capti Narrator, VoiceDream, etc).  Is there an app that Bookshare prefers the members to use?  Or is it basically, user preferences?

DJ

Jim Kauppila

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Aug 11, 2016, 4:40:47 PM8/11/16
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voice dream works very well on Android and IOS devices. 

On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Dj Butcher <blindskill...@gmail.com> wrote:
I've always used Read2Go or GoRead with students; but there are so many other apps that work too (Capti Narrator, VoiceDream, etc).  Is there an app that Bookshare prefers the members to use?  Or is it basically, user preferences?

DJ

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Christine Jones

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Aug 11, 2016, 6:29:44 PM8/11/16
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Great question. The best app to use is definitely dependent on the user. If a free app is needed, and the platform is an iPad/iPhone, Capti Narrator is great. If there are funds to purchase an app, Voice Dream Reader offers so much functionality for the price, and it’s available for both iOS and Android. Frankly, Voice Dream has more resources to keep updating its app than Benetech does to update Read2Go. That said, Benetech will soon offer an update to Go Read (a free app for the Android platform) that will support Reading Lists, so keep an eye out for that!

 

Christine

 

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voice dream works very well on Android and IOS devices. 

On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Dj Butcher <blindskill...@gmail.com> wrote:

I've always used Read2Go or GoRead with students; but there are so many other apps that work too (Capti Narrator, VoiceDream, etc).  Is there an app that Bookshare prefers the members to use?  Or is it basically, user preferences?

 

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Karen Narvol

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Aug 11, 2016, 8:34:57 PM8/11/16
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Bookshare has a list of Member Preferred Tools - https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reading-tools/member-preferred-tools

When deciding on an app for a student, the team should be considering feature-match: matching the features of the app to the needs of the student. If my student needed a distraction-free screen while reading electronic text, I would choose Voice Dream Reader over other apps. Voice Dream Reader has a Focused Reading Mode where the speech text area is reduced to 1/3 of the screen in the middle. The text is scrolled automatically so the word and line being spoken are always in the middle. Other apps lack this capability. Student preferences are important, but I think feature-match is absolutely critical if students are going to be successful.

Matthew Wainright

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Aug 14, 2016, 4:20:30 PM8/14/16
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I would say it is user preference. When my school decided to purchase a TTS app, we went with Voice Dream Reader. It is very easy to teach your students how to use the app. 


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