What can a student do when the teacher passes out a last minute assignment in class? This video by Dr. Denise Robinson demonstrates using a portable scanner (Brother DS Mobile 600 scanner) and accessible OCR software (OpenBook or Kurzweil) to instantly convert the print to an accessible, digital format.
Advantages: Portable system and that is accessible; students can convert last minute documents quickly and independently.
Disadvantages: This scanner physically plugs into a PC, OpenBook and Kurzweil only work with a PC; the scanner and software options do not work with a Mac or iPad. The software costs about $1,000; there are other systems – that may or may not be accessible – that are not as expensive.
By Diane Brauner