Figure It Out: A Review of Virtual Pencil Arithmetic and Virtual Pencil Algebra From Henter MathBy Ingber, Janet; Access World, Vol. 7, No. 4
Publication Date: July 2006
Article provides a review of Virtual Pencil Arithmetic and Virtual Pencil Algebra from Henter Math, both of which are software programs that create a workspace that looks like a piece of paper. The computer’s cursor functions as a pencil, as it allows the user to solve problems, show one’s work, and put numbers in columns when necessary. Virtual Pencil Arithmetic covers basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions, while Virtual Pencil Algebra allows the user to solve both simple problems as well as equations. The programs work with a number of applications that make them accessible for people with visual disabilities, including JAWS for Windows and Window-Eyes screen readers, as well as ZoomText and MAGic screen magnification programs. Both products are evaluated in terms of the following features and criteria: (1) setup, (2) installation, (3) getting started and getting help, (4) customizing, and (5) mathematical operation performance. The author contends that both problems are easy to use after minimal practice, and that they both offer a variety of customization options. The author recommends that users begin by using simple operations in order to become familiar with the software.
Assistive Products Discussed: VIRTUAL PENCIL
Published by: AFB Press (Website:http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=46)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Web Site: http://www.afb.org )
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