[Athen] Dragon in Place of CART?

Ted Harvey Ted.Harvey at dcu.ie
Fri Aug 13 00:50:21 PDT 2010


Many years ago I developed a system where a number of students could be
supported by a Dragon user.

I had a sound proof room built and a high spec pc running Dragon with a well
trained user, Using a VNPC network students in different lectures could
connect to this PC and view the Dragon users screen, The Dragon user was
connected to the PA system and could switch between a number of lecture
halls for the sound.

The Dragon user simply listened and repeated what they heard this was typed
on the screen by Dragon and shared with the required user in the lecture

The system had a number of benefits, 1. It could service more than 1 student
be they Deaf/SLD, 2. If gave the student more independence to sit with their
peers.3 it was much cheaper than CART/SpeedText.

Draw backs where, 1 if the trained typist left then I had to retrain
another. 2 Wireless router in theatre sometimes broke down.3 I only had 3
Lecture halls covered by sound so I was limited in the coverage I had.


Ted Harvey
Disability Officer
Disability & Learning Support Service

Ph: 01  700 5208
Fax: 01 700 8661

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of James Bailey
Sent: 12 August 2010 22:55
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Dragon in Place of CART?

Please see forwarded post by Wink Harner - James

--- Forwarded Message ---
Subject: A favor
From: "Wink Harner" <winkharner at mesacc.edu>
To: "'James Bailey'" <jbailey at uoregon.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:06:52 -0700

Hi all ATHEN-ites,

A question for the masses...can Dragon be used in the classroom as a
substitute for CART services? When & how effective is it? Can it be used to
substitute for note takers? If so, what technical specs must be considered?
If it won't work, what other technology exists that could substitute for

Am asking on behalf of a colleague.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom, guidance and knowledge!


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