April 2001

Newsletter of ELR Software Pty Ltd

ABN 67 090 738 702

The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources) and EIA (Enhancing Internet Access). We welcome the opportunity for feedback and questions, and will be pleased to consider including reader contributions and announcements.

This Newsletter is available online at http://www.elr.com.au/news and an email version is sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing) .

In this issue -

  1. eLr-Offline  *** Free Download Available ***
  2. eLr Practice Notes
  3. Suggestions from Subscribers
  4. EIA Installations in Public Libraries
  5. eLr Article in ACQ
  6. New and Corrected eLr Tasks
  7. ELR 2001 Calendar

  1. eLr-Offline  *** Free Download Available ***

    eLr-Offline is the compiled version of the full eLr Website which will run directly from your computer, without connection to the Internet (as reported in the March Newsletter). It is available to both our subscribers and anyone else who would like a trial examination of the program (non-subscribers will see certain pages watermarked as "Unregistered"). eLr-Offline is re-built on about the 15th of each month and the current version is placed on our Website for FREE DOWNLOAD.

    A mini-CD containing eLr-Offline is also automatically included with all subscriptions, along with a valid User ID and PIN for use with the CD and Website. Each 6 months, an updated CD is mailed to each subscriber to replace and upgrade the previous version. For more information, please see http://www.elr.com.au/offline.

  2. eLr Practice Notes

    A new document (presently only in PDF format), called "Practice Notes" has been placed in the support area on the eLr Website. Many teachers had requested a little guidance in selecting suitable activities for different skill areas since Speech Pathology reports often list general areas that need to be strengthened (eg "oral narrative", "phonological awareness"). Practice Notes is an attempt to briefly describe the nature of common target areas, to give some general guidelines in activities which can be used, and to also highlight how the eLr tasks can be used and modified to suit the overall program for the student.

    eLr tasks are designed with specific goals in mind, but many of the tasks can be presented in a modified way to target a range of goals. An example of this may be seen in the section - Semantics-Spoken word/picture match (eg 1036-110). These tasks are designed for auditory comprehension at the single word level - the therapist or aide names a word, and the student points to the matching picture. The tasks can also be used in a modified way to strengthen use of specific vocabulary in students with weakness in oral narrative skills. Have the student look at all of the pictures and provide "clues" for one of the pictures. The listener (therapist) then guesses which picture the student is describing. By selecting sets of pictures from a Related category (eg 1036-133), the task becomes more difficult, as the items are closely related and therefore require use of precise and specific vocabulary.

    Practice Notes is a living document, as is the rest of the site. The first release version (1.2) is currently on the web at http://www.elr.com.au/support/elrprac.pdf, and additions and modifications will occur over time. Feel free to email or phone to comment or contribute to this document.

  3. Suggestions from subscribers

    We've had some communications from subscribers about ways they have used eLr in modified forms. Some of them are listed below:

  4. EIA Installations in Public Libraries

    The EIA Browser, operating from a Touchscreen, is now installed in more than 40 libraries in Victoria and South Australia. Most have also included the Web Tutorial module. If you live near one of these libraries, you may be interested to visit and see how this system can make Web access easier for older persons and others with special needs. For more information, please see http://www.elr.com.au/eiad.

  5. eLr Article in ACQ

    An article eLr Web Based Service Delivery for Schools, has been published in the February issue of ACQ (Volume 3, Number 1 2001). This is a publication of Speech Pathology Australia which serves as a professional forum for members of the Association. Issues are published in February, June and October of each year.

    The eLr article briefly describes the eLr program and its key features (eg its interactive nature, no use of digitised speech, use of subtle reinforcement, non-computer based scoring). The reasons for each of these features are described.

    The "eLr Service Delivery Project" is in progress and its design is described in the article. The eLr team began investigating the potential of web delivery of speech pathology resource materials, (specifically eLr), in November 1999. Following feedback from the first stage of this project, changes and additions were made to the site to enable efficient documentation of therapy program goals. The project continued during 2000, and the progress to August 2000 is described in the article.

  6. New and Corrected eLr Tasks

  7. ELR 2001 Calendar

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