The late nights spent in the library, the early mornings cramming in the hallway—all of those countless hours you read the textbook in hopes of mastering that assignment or test. For some students though, that’s not an option. Several students at Hood College in Frederick, MD work with Tom Kranz, the college’s Disability Services Coordinator, and Kodak Desktop Scanners on a regular basis—just to make it all a little bit easier.
Kranz uses a scanning system to assist students who are blind, visually impaired, or suffer from other developmental disabilities that would prevent them from easily being able to study the way many of their peers do. For these students, scanning is their answer when people ask how they study and learn the material out of the textbook—they use new technologies to stay on top of things.
Fixing an old system of flatbed scanners and outdated software, Kranz upgraded to a KODAK Desktop Scanner, a new PC with updated Windows OS, and Kurzweil 3000 for Windows software. Students then take pages from their textbooks, scan them, and the information is spoken to them. With adjustable features like pace or tone, students have the capability to adjust the speaking to their pleasure—giving them the best possible experience. The system even speaks captions under pictures to help provide full comprehension.
Strong collaboration with Kurzweil 3000 gave the Kodak Scanner what was needed to best serve the students at Hood College, making it compatible with all computers on campus—giving them access to their files wherever they need them.
With the ease and speed of the KODAK Scanners, as well as the duplex scanning, Kranz and his students are presented with top notch learning materials, giving them the edge they need to remain on par with their peers in the demanding setting that college proves to be.