Have you had a chance to explore the latest operating system from Microsoft?
I have yet to try this out for myself as my sense is that schools will be slow to switch over to Vista, Microsoft's new operating system. But....I watched this video from the accessibility lab at Microsoft about the speech recognition features built into Vista and I have to say I'm impressed.
The ease of use (and apparent accuracy) will be incredibly beneficial to our students especially those with physical disabilities that interfere with keyboard and mouse navigation. Besides the number grid feature, this adds another navigation option which shows numbers over icons and seems to facilitate navigation. It also looks much easier to explore the internet independently using the speech recognition built in Vista.
Ease of use. Excellent accuracy. Ability to easily train new words. Simple user interface. Command prompts.
Is this a reason to switch to Vista? It looks like Microsoft got it right this time.
(If you have students with physical disabilities who have tried this, please let me know what they thought. I love to hear the student's perspectives!)