APH is seeking fieldevaluators for the US Map with Interactive Talking Pen, the outcome of acollaborative effort between APH and Touch Graphics, Inc. This interactive color/tactilemap of the United States works in combination with cutting-edge Talking TactilePen technology. With a simple, light touch of the pen to the map, a student hasaccess to multiple spoken layers of information for each state including thestate capital, ten largest cities, immediate surroundings, land and water area,population estimate, statehood, nickname, state symbols (bird, tree, flower,and song), motto, famous people, points of interest, and interesting facts. Thenames of oceans, the Great Lakes, bordering countries, and mileage scales arealso spoken. A dynamic menu bar at the base of the foldable map allowsadjustments to volume, repeated information, and lockable layers ofinformation; a convenient “Stop” button permits termination of speech and a“Help” button orients the user to the map’s layout and proper use of the pen.The audio content can be listened to through the pen’s own speaker or, forbetter quality sound, standard headphones or external speakers can be plugged intothe audio jack near the power button. The Talking Tactile Pen comes with a USBcable for recharging of the pen’s batteries after several hours of use.
Field evaluators willbe asked to use the prototype with multiple students with visual impairments andblindness. Students may range in age, grade level, and primary reading medium(large print, braille, and/or auditory). Student outcome data will be collectedby asking each student to perform specific tasks using the interactive map. Evaluatorswill then complete and return a product evaluation form at the end of thetesting period.
Field test sites willbe selected based upon geographic location, number of available students, andtype of instructional setting. Preferencewill be given to those who have not recently field tested an APH product.The number of prototypes is limited. Field testing will begin in February 2014and extend through the end of April 2014. If you are interested in possiblyserving as a field evaluator, please provide the following information: your name,title, school/agency, type of setting (e.g., residential, itinerant), number ofavailable students (with ages, grade levels, and primary reading mediaindicated), and your complete contact information (phone number, mailingaddress, and email address). Send thisinformation to Karen J. Poppe, Tactile Graphics Project Leader, [email protected],by January 15, 2014. You may also contactKaren at 502-899-2322 or 800-223-1839, ext. 322. Thank you!