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New Software Tools Maximizes Your PRC Device Options

Presenters
Teri Madak
Prentke Romich Company
31 Pine Road
Guntersville, AL 35976
Email: augtalk@charter.net

PRC developed a version of our devices in a computer-based software to allow the support personnel to train, practice and learn the devices on their own computer. The responses to these emulators have been wonderful. We have received numerous requests for the software to expand its functions to allow for additional applications.

In this session we will review why software options were developed and the requests from the field that helped us configure the tools. One of the primary needs for one of these applications was that it could reflect the vocabulary not only of the standard Enhanced Unity programs but would also account for any modifications you have added such as personalized names and pictures transferred from the computer. We will go through all the options including two-way memory transfer interface. You will be able to take a memory transfer of your users device and load it into this tool and then develop custom tools and add additional vocabulary to his version. You would then be able to save it and put it back into you users device when you get access to it again. You will be able to create printable overlays, activity rows, page screens, and core assignments with rationales that can be printed for practice and support to the staff or to use for engineering the classroom. Other language options allow you to sort sequences, core and dynamic activities by all that start with, end with or contains a specific icon. You have the ability to do a find to be able to locate words and their icon sequences. PRC also included an option for text to symbols, where you can type a sentence and the icons appear for saving, printing, and modification. This will allow you to easily make practice sentence strips for reading, practice and classroom placement in a menu form for suggested questions and responses during certain activities.

Another software option to be explored will provide you with fun innovative ways to learn and explore the vocabulary on your Vanguard/ Vantage device. With the yet another software on the horizon to make teaching materials a breeze.


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