Who Is Talking?
How does it work?
How can I use it?
Before you start
Phonics vs Whole Language
Why a Patent?
Is RTR an invention?
Just an experiment?
Plans and Hopes
Future Plans and Hopes
The RTR reader program will continue to be improved.
Plans are in the works to add the capability to emphasize syllables as well as whole words. This can be implemented so that syllable divisions are indicated in the *.ubk programs by a semicolon. The semicolon would cause each syllable so separated to be emphasized separately, but would not insert any space into the word like the colon does between words. It might also be possible to change the color of the text from the keyboard or by using another punctuation command in the *.ubk file.
It should also be possible to devise programs similar to RTR using macros in the Microsoft programs Word and Power Point, or with other widely available software. Perhaps you are the person to do this, and send it in to be placed here for downloading?
Also, I would like to see many more books (*.ubk) created. It is important to provide the LAD as large a mental database as possible.
I am hoping to attract some talented people with fun ideas who will enjoy adding their books to the collection here as their shareware contribution. People whose contributions are made available here will be given full credit and retain full rights to their work.
Before too long, I hope that some commercial publishers will be interested enough to put their resources to work on providing high quality materials to implement the Right Time Reader method. There is a huge body of excellent children's literature out there, and it would not be very costly for the publishers who already hold the copyrights to produce electronic materials in a suitable format.
However, publishers are not likely to be interested unless there is a demonstrated market, and some evidence of success for the Right Time Reader method.
This website and shareware are part of the bootstrapping effort that I hope will result in the participation of every major publisher, so that every baby can have the benefit of this method even if not lucky enough to have computer-savvy parents like you.
Someday soon there should be dedicated devices like game machines that embody this method in an inexpensive device that can belong to the baby, instead of usually sitting on the desktop.
Meanwhile, back at that desktop, it would also be very useful if each word would spring into prominence in response to being spoken by the parent. This is beyond my technical resources right now, but someone out there might be able to help. I have used software on a Mac that recognized when a sound was made, but I found it was too sensitive to just any background sound or voice. What would be ideal is voice recognition software that would respond only to the word itself.
This could also be the basis of variations on the reader-type programs that would train infants to speak and read by emphasizing the printed word on the screen when the appropriate spoken sound is produced. Seeing the response on the screen would be ample reward for the baby, who would be motivated to repeat the sound for the sense of control it would give. However, this begins to go beyond the scope of Right Time Reader.
And speaking of Macs is there anyone out there who can build an implementation for them? I live in a PC world, so that implementation won't come from me anytime soon.
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This file was last modified 18-Nov-2001
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