The easiest way to try classroom speech-to-text captioning!
Up until now, if you were interested in trying Interact-AS you would typically order the $49 trial period and receive a wired headset. Although this is good for 1:1 assessment and student training, it really does not work for classroom trials. When using an existing FM system, the school would need to supply an additional receiver so the computer could “hear” the teacher’s voice. This takes some trial and error with different cables to get set up. Even then, a typical FM system really isn’t designed for optimal speech-to-text captioning. The answer – Let’s make it REALLY EASY to do a trial period!
How the Trial Program works:
- Interact-AS trial period software to install on a student’s qualified computer or media tablet
- Use of a Professional High Performance Classroom Headset Microphone System for up to 45 days. This microphone was designed specifically to achieve optimal accuracy with Interact-AS speech-to-text software. This is also a great option when a student has multiple classroom teachers. Includes headset with noise cancelling boom microphone, belt-worn wireless FM transmitter pack with mute button, recharging station, and a customized cable to connect the wireless receiver to a USB port of the student’s computer or media device. Transmitter and receiver packs are very small (2.3″ x 1.7″ x 0.5″).
- Free Interact-AS Implementation Support Consultation via a telephone call or video conference consultation the day of software installation to assist with set-up and to answer any questions that may come up during this process. The purpose of this step is to make sure to optimize the set-up before using it with the student.
Easy to get started! See the Step-by-Step Checklist (pictured). Install the software, train it to the teacher’s voice using the wireless Professional Classroom Headset Microphone System and GO! Return it within 45 days to incur no extra cost beyond the $99, initial shipping/handling and your cost of return.
What the school/personal credit card gets charged on the order date: $399. This is the value of the wireless Professional Classroom Headset Microphone System. The $399 will serve as a $99 Trial Program payment and a $300 deposit on the microphone system until it is returned.
If the Trial Period proves to be an effective accommodation for your student, you can keep the Professional Classroom Microphone and order a Professional Edition of the software for an additional $725.00. No annual fee required! The initial charge of $399 will be applied directly to the purchase prices of the wireless Professional Classroom Headset Microphone System (worth $349), resulting in a $50 trial period. Obtain a permanent license software key and continue using the Interact-AS software on the student’s laptop or media tablet.
If the Trial Period evaluation indicates that Interact-AS is not an effective accommodation for your student, then return the wireless Professional Classroom Microphone System within 45 days and receive a refund of $300 to the credit card, resulting in a $99 Trial Period cost. See return instructions and requirements below.
Interact-AS Trial Program – Example Scenario Step-by-Step Checklist
1. Student Team decides to try Interact-AS as an accommodation for a specific student. A Point Person is identified.
2. Point Person (i.e., DHH Teacher, Educational Audiologist, IT support) identifies/orders a computer that meets the set-up requirements of i5 processing speed and at least 4 GB RAM with an available USB port. The school provides this computer; it is NOT included as part of $99 Trial Program.
3. While computer is being identified/ordered, the DHH specialist will observe the student in one or more classes and then pre-test the student’s listening comprehension abilities, for example, by having the student answer 20 questions following listening to a variety of paragraphs from a core content text book or other age/grade-appropriate material. The DHH specialist can also request that one or more classroom teachers complete the LIFE-R Teacher Appraisal as a pre-test.
4. The school computer or media tablet is now available and is readied to install Interact-AS software, such as enabling admin privileges and security accommodations to download the software.
5. Interact-AS $99 Trial Period with Professional Classroom Microphone System is ordered and will arrive within 5 days of the order date. The Point Person on the team, who will be in charge of setting up the system, emails the Interact-AS implementation support person to set up a time for the installation phone call or video conference consultation (Mike Massine: email@example.com) (i.e., March 1st)
6. Day 1 = 5 days after the order has shipped, 45 day microphone usage period begins (i.e., March 6th). A link to the software will be emailed to the contact person. Do NOT install the software until the microphone has been received as Day 1 of the 30-day trial period starts upon installation of the software.
7. Day 1-9 = period during which the Interact-AS software is installed, microphone is tested, teachers individually train the software for maximum recognition of their voices and are provided with expectations for use of the Interact-AS captioning accommodation. Waiting longer than 9 days to start the trial will result in the 30 day trial period exceeding the 45 day microphone loan period (i.e., March 6th-14th)
8. The day the software is installed (and day of installation/set-up consultation) is Day 1 of the 30-day Interact-AS trial period (calendar days) (i.e., March 10th)
9. DHH specialist (or other staff) works 1:1 with the student on how to use the software and captioning (i.e. March 13, March 15)
10. Student begins using Interact-AS in one or more classes (i.e., March 16)
11. DHH specialist observes student in one or more classes and then performs post-test of listening comprehension assessment while Interact-AS is in use. The DHH specialist can also request that one or more classroom teachers complete the LIFE-R Teacher Appraisal as a post-test (i.e., April 4th)
12. School Team meets to decide if the Interact-AS accommodation is providing the student with suitable benefit based on the DHH specialist observation, pre/post-test listening comprehension, classroom teacher feedback, and student feedback.
13. Day 30 – Last day of Interact-AS trial (April 10th). Need to decide prior to this date (if possible) whether to purchase a permanent Interact-AS software license or return the Professional Classroom Microphone System. A permanent licence key is emailed to the Point Person within 2 working days of receipt of the order (online or via purchase order).
14. Day 45 – Last day that the Professional Classroom Microphone System can be shipped back to the company to prevent any further usage charges from being billed to the school credit card (i.e., April 20th)
Example Student Scenario
Team Decision: Ann is an 8th grader who is hard of hearing. She has consistently worn her hearing aids since infancy and uses an FM system. She has adequate reading comprehension and reading fluency skills (within 1-2 grade levels of typical class peers). Ann misses information in classes due to incomplete auditory access which has affected her classroom performance. When at the last IEP meeting, Chris Jones, the teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, mentioned Interact-AS speech-to-text translation and Ann seemed open about using it. Computers are in wide use throughout the school and, like most teenagers, she likes technology. After reviewing her speech perception, listening comprehension and evident classroom performance issues, the team decides to obtain a trial period of Interact-AS for Ann.
Purchasing: The school team works to identify a computer that meets the Interact-AS memory and processing speed requirements. Once the computer is in hand, with the appropriate purchasing approvals, Chris Jones orders the Interact-AS software and classroom microphone trial period using the school credit card. The order date is March 1st. She emails Mike Massine at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for their free installation consultation on March 10th. Within a day or two of the order a link is received via email to allow download of the software. The IT support person that will be helping set up the computer starts to look at the installation documents. Do NOT install the software until after the microphone is received.
Important Interact-AS Trial Period Dates: The 30-day Interact-AS trial period is calendar days, not school days. In order for the fully use the 30 days of the software trial without exceeding the 45-day microphone loan period, the software must be installed on the student’s media device between March 6th and March 14th. This gives Chris Jones and the IT support person at the school (if needed) about one week to install the software, set up the microphone and have the teacher train the software to translate their voice. See important Professional Classroom Microphone 45-day trial information below.
Using the Professional Classroom Loaner Microphone to Replace the FM Transmitter: During the trial period, for greatest ease and best accuracy it is suggested that only the loaner microphone will be used. If the team feels that it is necessary, the student can continue to use their FM receiver however this will necessitate that the teacher use two microphones simultaneously: the boom microphone with the professional classroom microphone for the speech-to-text translation and the FM microphone/transmitter. Care must be taken that the two microphones not touch or any other items (hair, jewelry) come into contact with the microphone and cause acoustic interference that will decrease captioning accuracy.
Gathering Data to Determine Benefit of Interact-AS as an Accommodation: Chris will also train the Interact-AS software so that she can work with Ann 1:1 on how to use the captioning during lectures. Chris will obtain pretest listening comprehension data by quizzing Ann on about 20 items after listening to paragraphs read from a classroom text (i.e., read a paragraph and ask relevant questions (no speechreading), one paragraph at a time until 20 questions were answered. She estimates how much of the verbal instruction the student missing in the classroom (25%, 50%, 75%?). Chris works with Ann on glancing at the top box of the Interact-AS screen when she misses information auditorilly. Once Ann seems comfortable with this “glance and get” process, Chris repeats the listening comprehension assessment using the captioning accommodation. She notes whether Ann answers questions more quickly, whether she uses just the top box of most recently presented information or if she has to go to the bottom box to refer to more of the speech in context. If she primarily is using the bottom box, then Ann may really benefit from referring to the text of the transcript at a later date as a support to comprehension of what the teacher presented. Chris Jones also asked the teachers to complete the Teacher Appraisal for the LIFE-R as part of preassessment practices.
Trial Period Results: After the first few days of practice, Ann is very comfortable using the speech-to-text captioning. She participated more in class discussions and seemed more confident about assignments. Although she had the text of each teaching period available, Ann commented that she actually didn’t need to spend as much time doing homework because she understood the class material better now. She said, even though it wasn’t perfect, it really helped her and she didn’t want to be without it! After Ann used the captioning in the classroom for about 2 1/2 weeks Chris obtained post-test assessment data. In addition to obtaining post-test listening comprehension data, Chris Jones did observations in three of Ann’s classes and asked some of her teachers to complete the Teacher Appraisal for the LIFE-R as a post-test. Chris shared all of this information with the school team who agreed that speech-to-text captioning was an important access accommodation for Ann. Upgrading to the Professional Edition of the software was agreed upon and recommended for purchase ($716.00) with the recognition that the computer and software accommodation should be able to be used by Ann the rest of the school year and all throughout high school.
Important Microphone Trial Period Dates: By ordering the $99 Trial Program, the purchaser agrees to the following terms and conditions. The professional classroom microphone is received within several days of the order. When Chris opened the package with the microphone she read that the 45-day microphone usage period begins 5 days after it was ordered (March 6th) and that the 45-day usage period ends and the loaner microphone must be shipped no later than April 20th. A checklist and user agreement was included. Chris read that she will need to email to receive a postage paid label for the US Post Office, to make returning the microphone as easy as possible (i.e., regular USPS mail pick up at school). Each additional calendar day that the loaner microphone is not returned after the 45-day Trial Period has expired will reduce the deposit by $5. After 60 days (June 15th) the total deposit will be depleted and the district will fully own the microphone. If the microphone is returned after April 15th but before June 15th the rate of $5 per day will be determined from April 16th until the shipping date to return the microphone, assuming all parts were returned and the microphone was in working order, suitable to be loaned out for another student trial. The credit card will be refunded the difference within 30 days of that ship date. She finds a checklist with all of the items that have been loaned and clearly understands all that needs to be returned, in working order and when (April 15th).
Questions about Interact-AS? Contact Mike Massine at email@example.com or 888-963-8991.