We have Three products for sale: Virtual Pencil Arithmetic, Virtual Pencil Algebra, and Connect Outloud.
Click here for the VP Algebra description this page, below the VP Arithmetic description
Click here for the Connect Outloud description this page, below the VP Algebra description
Virtual Pencil 2.0
VP Arithmetic is computer software that is used to interactively solve math problems. It is designed for those who are pencil impaired: unable to operate a pencil effectively. This is not a tutorial, although tutorial mode is part of the package. Think of it as a virtual pencil, a tool that can be used to solve a math problem. It moves to the right spot on the "paper", guided by the user, and inputs the answers that the user selects. When used with a screen reader the numbers and actions are read outloud, or displayed in Braille.
The math problem is displayed on the screen, one number above the other with digits lined up in vertical columns. The Tutor tells the student where he is in the problem, what steps need to be done to solve it, and will even do the navigating and provide the answer. In test mode the student does not have the help provided by the tutor, extended tutor or next step features. He or she must know how to navigate around the problem, where to read the digits in the intermediate steps, and where to put the answers. Just like using a pencil.
Teachers can create an assignment , password protect it, and then send it to the student via email, save it to a diskette, save it to the hard drive, or print it or emboss it. When emailing it or saving it, the password will stay with the assignment file wherever it goes. This is designed to prevent students from switching from test mode to tutor mode, so the test results will be valid. When an assignment or test is created in Virtual Pencil, the same file can be printed-out for the able-bodied students in the class, saving the teacher a lot of time.
There are many options to change the look and behavior of Virtual Pencil, like the font size and color, the amount of information displayed or spoken, sound effects, hot keys, and message strings.
The current product handles addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with fractions and decimals. It runs only in Windows, from Windows 95 and newer. You can download a demo from the downloads page, or purchase it on-line for $99 from the orders page.
Please see the beta info link for information about our new release, VP Algebra. This product has been released and is for sale, soon we will up date this part of the web page. If you have any questions please call or email us.
Connect Outloud works very well with VP Arithmetic (but not with VP Algebra) and we recommend it if you don't already have a screen reader, if you need a screen reader. You can download a demo from our downloads page and try it out, no charge. The demo will run for 24 total hours, i.e. you could use it for 24 days, one hour a day, or 3 days at 8 hours each day, etc. If you decide to purchase it, go to our Orders page with your credit card, it is only $75 plus shipping and handling for registered Virtual Pencil owners.
Here is the description from the Freedom Scientific web page:
General features of Connect Outloud allow users to surf the web, send and receive email and create documents in the easy to use Freedom Scientific (FS) word processor. It has no complicated configurations to learn or difficult menus to navigate. With the Tutor Mode, getting started is a snap. The Eloquence speech synthesizer for seven languages is included. Connect Outloud also supports most popular Braille displays and notetakers.