Month: February 2016

My Review of the Aspen SIS from Follett based Upon a Short Demo

Yesterday, I saw a demo of the Aspen SIS from Follett.  For full disclosure, Dylan Holcomb, the Sales Consultant who came out, was a friend of mine from high school, but honestly I wasn’t expecting it to be an SIS that we would be interested in, especially because the price tag is high for the size of school that Highlands Community Charter currently is.  But, after seeing how Aspen works, and how they addressed my blog article about the 3 features that SIS providers are missing, it is on our school’s radar as a potential. Here is a quick review of what I was impressed with, and what things I still think they could do better.

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Adventures in Android Accessibility: 3 Screen Readers Tested

Android logo with sun glasses and walking caneMy first “real” job out of high school was with an awesome company called Humanware.  At the time they were located in Loomis, where I lived, and I did technical support for their screen readers, which allowed blind individuals to hear what was on the screen.  This was still in the days before Windows, and the technology worked pretty well because every screen had only text.  Windows started to make things more difficult, because the interface was more complex, and dependent upon the mouse and visuals.  But with tablets and smartphones, with their simpler interface, it might be possible to have better solutions, but thus far the Android accessibility “solutions”  seeem to suck.  Here is my quick review of 3 I tried recently.

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