ERIC Number: ED085976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Talking Dictionary. The Prospectus Series, Paper No. 2.
Three talking dictionaires designed to increase independence and resource-use skills of handicapped children have specific advantages and limitations. System I involves a random access tape recorder, a printed or braille dictionary which contains the inquiry numbers for words, a console (similar to an adding machine) on which the number is punched, and a microphone through which the word is spoken after being automatically searched. A major limitation of System I is the chance for student error. System II uses a magnetic card reader (similar to the Language Master). A sighted student searches for a word in the card reader, removes the card, and places it on the play-back device, which sounds the word from the tape recorded strip at the card's lower edge. Shortcomings of System II include a bulky card file and need for the card's return to the correct alphabetical position. Advantages include teacher selection of a word list for student use as well as low cost. System III is essentially an automated version of System II, however the search for the correct card and maintenance of the card file are handled by automatic card-sort equipment. The only requirement for System III is sufficient student coordination to punch into a search card and insert the card into the inquiry console. System III is fast, accurate, and expensive. (MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Regional Instructional Materials Center for Handicapped Children and Youth.