Victor Reader Stream Skills

10/21/16

Essential functions and skills for using the Victor Reader Stream: A check list

The following is a check list of functions and skills needed for independent Aural Reading using accessible content (daisy, mp3, html, txt, recorded audio).
These skills are essential skills needed to use the device. For complete documentation for all functions of the Victor Reader Stream see the user guide at #1 (synthesized text) on the player, at the iTunes store (digitized audio podcast), or on the humanware.com web site. This check list does not give training on Aural Reading skills. For training on the skills, contact your local school (504 Committee, IEP Committee, Office for Disabilities, etc.), an assistive technology specialist, or contact me for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check list of steps for training a student to use the Stream

Given:
* Victor Reader Stream with OS v3.1.7 or higher, a 2G (or higher) SD card with Mike's sample files installed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
* Player with RFB&D's UAK installed for the player being used (school will get this set up through the school account with RFB&D)
* Student's Online NLS account and UAK from HumanWare set for the player being used (school and parent set up using parent's email)
* Student's Individual Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) account and/or optional online account for ordering and downloading RFB&D books (school and parent set up)
* In most cases, the student will have the skills for navigating, speed reading, and learning from reading (Aural Reading with SQ3R), if they have been using a Victor Reader Classic CD book player, and will use those same basic procedures with the Stream, if not, those skills must be taught along with these essential skills.

Navigate through bookshelves and within bookshelves

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* turn on the player (using on/off/settings -- hold for a beep).
* inter user RFBD key (if needed).
* move from bookshelf to bookshelf (using key 1).
* explain the announcement upon entering a bookshelf (after using 1).
* enter a book on a bookshelf (after using Play/Stop).
* go to the bookshelf level from a book on a bookshelf (after using 1)..
* go to the next bookshelf (using 1).
* go to a previous bookshelf (using 1 - about 5 times).
* go to any bookshelf (using 1).
* go to any book within a bookshelf (from the bookshelf level, using Move Forward (6) or Move Back (4)).

Navigate to any Daisy books on the SD card: Learning Ally,  NLS, and Bookshare books

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:* go to any page (using the Go-To-Page key, page#, and #Key).
* use move forward and back keys by setting the modes on the device (page, time-jump-one-minute, Levels 1,2, or 3).
* use Fast Forward and Rewind Keys to advance continuously with announcements at one and five minute intervals.
(Note: use key 6 to Move Forward or 4 to Move Back. One press = ten words or five seconds at normal speed.)
* use a textbook that is contained on multiple files (or books) (i.e., A textbook may be from one, two, or three CDs) Start with first file and follow audio directions to go to a page that is on another CD file).
(Note: Navigation in other bookshelves with non-DAISY books only have some of these functions.)

Use Bookmarks

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* position the player to stop in from of the text that is to be the first thing heard in the bookmark (using book navigation).
* set a bookmark (using Bookmark Key - two presses, and Confirm or — two presses, a #, and Confirm).
* go to bookmark (using Bookmark Key - one press, a bookmark #, and Confirm key (#)) .
* scan all bookmarks in a book using the bookmark list (using Bookmark Key - four presses, and Move Forward and/or Move Back).
* set an audio bookmark (using Bookmark Key - two presses, and Record, speak note, and Confirm).
* remove a bookmark (using Bookmark Key - five presses, enter bookmark#, and Confirm).
* remove all bookmarks (using Bookmark Key - five presses, enter nine five times, and Confirm).
(These Bookmark functions work on all bookshelves except the Notes Bookshelf).

Use Digital Recording

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* speak to teacher in advance, and get permission to record in class.
* record a class lecture in Notes (using the red Record Button on the side to start and stop, and the Play/Stop Key to pause and resume).
* label the note by recording the date and class name on the front of Note, then pause the recording (so the date and class name will be the first thing heard on the Note, in playback).
* Set player on where it can get adequate sound from the speaker, and be started, paused, and stopped by the user.
* Start the recording (using the Play/Stop Key), pause the recording whenever the lecture (or needed information) is interrupted or stopped (using the Play/Stop Key).
* Complete the recording and turn the recording off (using the red Record Button).

Use player to read an audio Note

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* go to the Notes Bookshelf.
* navigate to the note.
* play the note and demonstrate raising and lowering the rate until a desired speed is reached.
* demonstrate moving back 2 seconds forward two seconds (using Fast Forward Key and Rewind Key - one tape for each two seconds).
* demonstrate moving forward and back by one minute intervals (using Move Forward & Move Back Keys set to time jump one minute).
* demonstrate how to use a skip and skim reading strategy for reading and/or reviewing a 50 min. class lecture in 10 to 15 min.

Use the User Guide

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* go to the User Guide (use 1 - hole it until you hear "enter user guide").
* read the User Guide, a text file.

Downloadable NLS books and magazines to the Stream

Student can explain and demonstrate how to:
* down load an audio book from NLS (see the NLS website for instructions).
* upload the audio book to the Victor Reader Stream (use file transfer to move the unstuffed file to the $VRDTB folder).
* start the Stream, go to the newly loaded book, and play part of the book.

Upload a Learning Ally book from a CD

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* load the SD card to the computer.
* open the $VRDTB file.
* create a folder and name it with textbook's RFB&D shelf # and a word or two of the title.
* open the newly created folder, so it will be ready to copy into it, the contents for the RFB&D CD book.
* mount the RFB&D CD book on the desk top.
* open the RFB&D CD book and position the window so that both windows are visible.
* select all the contents for the RFB&D CD book.
* drag the contents of the the RFB&D CD book to the newly created folder for the book (with the textbook's RFB&D shelf # and name).
* let the contents copy to the folder on the SD card.
* start the Stream, go to the newly loaded book, and play part of the book.

Download Learning Ally books to the Stream

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* apply for an online account with Learning Ally (use rfbd.org, St.account #, birth date, & email account).
* download and Learning Ally book from the web site. (see rfbd.org website for instructions).
* search, find, and add book to My Downloads (using any computer).
* download the book from My Downloads to a computer (use a Windows computer and directions from the Learning Ally web site).
* load the book on the Stream (use file transfer from the RFB&D media file).
* start the Stream, go to the newly loaded book, and play part of the book.

Download audio podcasts

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store.
* preform an iTunes search for an audio podcast on a topic of interest (a class topic, a hobby, a class lecture, etc.)
* subscribe to a podcast and "get" at least one or two podcast session.
* create a folder with the name of the new podcast sessions in the podcast bookshelf folder on the stream.
* move the podcast session from iTunes to the folder for that named session in the stream podcast bookshelf.
* start the Stream, go to the newly loaded "book" podcast, and play part of the podcast.

Use Key Describer to learn the names of keys

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
* set Key Describer ON (use Info Key - hold it down three seconds).
* press keys and here their names.
* set Key Describer OFF (use Info Key - hold it down three seconds).
* set play back preferences

Student will explain and demonstrate how to:
(use up and down arrows on side for volume, On/Off/Settings Key - one short press to go next to speed and to next to tone)
* set volume.
* set speed.
* set tone.
* (use other settings)

Student will explain and demonstrate how to use:
* user guide (using 1 and holding).
* get info (using 0 - 1 to 9 times ).

Other functions and skills for later training:
* Downloading and using BookShare books
* Searching for words in text documents
* Setting and using Highlight Bookmarks

Note:
Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) changed its name in April of 2011 its new name is Learning Ally. At the time of the development of this checklist RFB&D was still being used on some of the application names and file names. By the time you get this checklist those names may have changed from RFB&D to Learning Ally.