The software analyzes the sounds of speech within the context of what was said, and displays the text in less than 2 seconds.The software even learns your speech patterns for better recognition and greater accessibility for the students.
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WHY IS IT NEEDED? To help close the “listening gap.” Many students with hearing loss can keep up with their class peers in K-2 but by grade 3 gaps in performance often begin to be evident. The gaps are not a surprise considering that a portion of all communication in the classroom is being missed, even when students are really expending their best effort and using great hearing technology. They need accommodations to improve their access to what the teacher is saying. Captioning can be a very effective accommodation to improve access for many students. Read: Classroom Captioning: Interact-AS is Making a Difference in Listening Comprehension
HOW DOES IT WORK? Quickly, with 90-95% accuracy. The teacher wears a head-worn microphone. What the teacher says shows up as text as shown here. It will appear on the laptop or media device at the student’s desk (see computer requirements). The software applies probability algorithms at 3 levels for best accuracy: probably of the phoneme said, the phonemes that make up a word, and that the words fit into a sensible sentence. The center box shows the text as it flows into the system. The top box to contains the text of what was just said in a ‘chunked’ form to enhance comprehension. If the student is unsure about the context he can look at the bottom box that provides a few of the most recent sentences or phrases for greater context to aid understanding. It generates a transcript file so you can look back on a lesson, but the transcription can also be easily turned off. The size of the font can be made larger so it is easy and quick to read for individual students. Real classroom demo video
How is Interact-AS different from other types of captioning or CART? Faster, cheaper, always available, immediate transcript, facilitates greater student independence. Transcribing what the teacher says through CART or captioning systems takes about 7 to 10 seconds for the teacher’s words to appear. This is really too long for the student who uses speechreading to put the visual speech cues together with text to aid understanding. All too often the student either ends up mostly ignoring the captioning or only reading the captions and being left out of real time communication. No one needs to be hired or scheduled to caption and no internet connection is required. The school district owns the software and the computer making this a much less expensive and more convenient option for school districts. For the price of 10 hours of CART services (at $80/hour) the school district could purchase the software for one student.
What is the down side? Translation is not perfect. Perfect no – good, YES – with accuracy in the mid-to-high 90% range for native English speakers with clear speaking styles (articulates relatively clearly versus a more relaxed manner of speech). Punctuation may or may not be correct depending on how the software interprets the pauses of the speaker.
Similar to an FM system, the only communication that is translated is what is delivered through the teacher’s microphone. It remains the teacher’s responsibility to accommodate the student’s need to access communication from class peers that are more than a few feet away from the student. The transcript generated by the Interact-AS provides an easy way for case managers to monitor how frequently this accommodation is being made by classroom teachers or how often the students are being called upon by the teacher.
Questions about how Interact-AS will work in your situation? Wondering about help getting started once you order the software? Contact Mike Massine, Sales Support Consultant – He is there to help YOU get started, including optimizing the system for best accuracy email@example.com or 888-963-8991. It is preferred that you email to arrange for a consultation phone call. Mike does not provide support for technical issues. Questions about purchasing? Contact Mary Swayze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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