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EDIT MiCROSYSTEMS WILL EXHIBIT ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Edit Microsystems will exhibit different assistive technologies and devices for learners during the elearning conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019. A refreshable Braille device will be one of them.

People who are blind use Braille, a tactile writing and reading system.  Traditional Braille is written with embossed or raised dots on paper.  Today, technology enables blind persons to read computer screens and electronic devices using refreshable braille displays; electro-mechanical devices which translate on-screen text into braille characters.

Albert Ruel; an advisor to the Canadian council of the Blind; says “Braille frees your ears and your mouth in a meeting or lecture.  Braille also allows you to work faster, work independently and listen and read at the same time.”

According to the Canadian Institute for the Blind’s website, those who use braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers for those very reasons.

In January 2013, Edit Microsystems introduced the  e-Braille Project through which refreshable Braille devices, namely, the  BrailleNote Apex and BrailleNote Touch are being deployed in 22 South African schools for blind and partially-sighted learners in order to help improve literacy and increase the possibility of further education and employment.

Blind learners from the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town benefit from the e-Braille Project and have access to refreshable braille devices, while those with low vision benefit from using the Eye-Pal Solo text reading device and magnification devices.  With these technologies, students can access and edit digital content as well as write and answer assessment questions in braille, while silently typing on the touch screen or touch keyboard using TouchBraille technology.

As part of this project, Kyle Williams, a Junior e-Braille Project Manager at Edit Microsystems and former learner at Athlone school, offered training and support to the learners and teachers whilst stationed at the school three days a week for four years.

Listen/watch an 8 minute video where one story is read in three languages using 7 different techniques.  https://www.facebook.com/editmicrosystems/videos/2092393244333619/?t=3

Success factors that guarantee reading improvement at schools

Stimulus Maksima will showcase their product to improve reading at the forthcoming Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo (9 March 2019). In the meantime they’ve contributed some food for thought about the success factors that will lead to reading improvement.

Every school can be successful in empowering every learner to obtain the adequate reading skills required to complete every school year, feeling confident, hopeful and inspired to fulfil their dreams and passion in life.

Based on our experience over the past twenty-three years, we identified effective change and project management as essential for the successful implementation of an effective reading strategy and reading improvement system at schools. Effective reading strategies require ownership and overall awareness involving all educators, school management and parents.

Together with overall awareness as well as passionate and motivated role players, sustainable success is guaranteed by the following technical aspects:

  1. A dedicated computer centre containing state of the art hardware and software.
  2. Dedicated school principals and educators with a passion for achieving success.
  3. A structured timetable ensuring that learners will get the necessary exposure required.
  4. A robust and user-friendly high technology Reading Improvement System that can supply accurate information when and in the format required.
Hard at work improving reading skills

e-LEARNING EXPO IN the CAPE WINELANDS

ADESSA teamed up with the Cape Winelands Education District of the Western Cape Education Department to present an e-learning conference/expo in Worcester on Saturday, 9 March 2019.

The event is appropriately themed: Transform to Perform. and will be attended by teachers and others interested in using technology as teaching and learning tools.

Over the next few weeks we will publish information on this website about some of the products and services that will be exhibited and demonstrated at the event.