Fw: Math/Science Tool for JAWS users - Testers Needed

  • From: "patrick037" <patrick037@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 21:24:43 -0800

University of Wisconsin is looking for JAWS users to test a new math and
science tool.  It is described in the second paragraph below.  Thought
you might want to look at it!

        Help if you can..., Mr. Patrick Steggall

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From: Disabled Student Services in Higher Education
[mailto:DSSHE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Judi Piscitello
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 10:43 AM
To: DSSHE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Math/Science Tool for JAWS users - Testers Needed

Hi Folks!
I saw this on another listserv and thought some of you might be
Judi Piscitello, TVI, COMS
Assistant, Training of Special Educators
NYS School for the Blind Outreach Department
2A Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-5384 ext. 427
FAX (585) 343-0652
"The most important thing in this life is helping others to win, even if
that means slowing down and changing our own race." - Author Unknown

If you are a JAWS v.6 or 7 user, please consider helping us test a new
math/science tool we've developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
go with eTEACH http://eteach.engr.wisc.edu/newEteach/home.html,

Too many blind students decide not to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering, and math, not because they are not interested
these subjects or do not have the capacity to succeed in these fields,
because they do not have access to the products, resources, and
that they need to study and learn scientific and mathematical principles
nonvisual ways.
Source: National Federation of the Blind
The eTEACH Assessment Generator is a tool that allows learners to assess
whether or not material presented is comprehended. We are very excited
about this tool's ability to reach a population that previously has been
excluded. We invite you to help us test the potential of this tool.

What is involved? We believe the process will take approximately 30

If you agree, you will be able to participate from your home, school or
work computer, at your own time and pace by clicking on a link and doing
the following:

1. Download the free MathML player and install it on your computer (if
don't already have it installed). The MathML player enables Internet
Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages.

2. Review tips for moving through the quiz
3. Access the quiz (sample questions and equations) through the
Generator. Questions will include equations and scientific notations.
Answer choices will be multiple choice, true/false, or open-ended.
know that we are not interested in whether or not you have answered the
questions correctly-questions are not scored. We are measuring (through
self-reporting) if you can access these questions.

4. At the end of the questions, you will be taken to a survey for
self-reporting how successful you were reading and navigating the sample
quiz. This study is intended to measure how successful JAWS screen
users are in using the self-assessment tool. We are not measuring math
science skill levels, so please do not be concerned about correct or
incorrect answers to the survey. Also note that the survey is set up so
responses are anonymous. We are concerned only with how successful the
Assessment tool is for JAWS screen reader users.

If you would like to help us evaluate the eTEACH Assessment Generator,
please go to:

If you know others who may be willing to help, please forward this email
them, or if have any questions about this research project, please
Alice Anderson by email or telephone at alice.anderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, or

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