Last year, I posted about a product that could read math for blind, sight-impaired, or learning disabled students. With the release of MathDaisy 1.0, it’s just gotten a LOT easier to produce accessible materials. I’ve got thousands of pages of math materials built with MathType in Microsoft Word. With MathDaisy, I can now just save these files in the MathDaisy “daisybook” format, give it a little time to produce, and then the produced file can be opened in a player (like gh player) and be read out loud to the student.
Before you read any further, you’re going to want to see just how easy this is. As you know, I’m super busy right now with my dissertation, and don’t have extra time to mess with much else myself – but my friend Bob was nice enough to make me a short video to show me how MathDaisy works. Invest five minutes of your time to see how MathDaisy works.
Want to use it now? Once you’ve got the software set up, it should be pretty easy. Here’s what you will have to do for software installation:
- You need to have MathType 6.5 (or use only the upgraded equation editor in Microsoft Office 2007). For older files, you’ll want to first convert all the equations to the newer MathType 6.5 format using the Format Equations feature of MathType.
- Install the DaisyTranslater into Microsoft Word (30.5 MB download).
- Install MathDaisy 1.0 (a 30-day free trial is available if you want to play first)
- Install one of the two compatible readers to be able to play the produced files (gh Player or DolphinEasyReader)
Here’s what the student will have to do for software installation:
- Install one of the two compatible readers to be able to play the produced files (gh Player or DolphinEasyReader).
Got that done? Just save your files as a DaisyBook and off you go!
Bravo to DesignScience for getting us some real help with making math accessible! In my opinion, this should get them a nomination for the 2010 ICTCM Award for excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics.
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