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
To download - recommended procedure:
, Create a "Right Time Reader" folder in the "Program Files" directory, which
will already be there on your C drive. Then
Click Here: BasicPkg
to download a zip file with the RTR reader program and one *.ubk book (approx
264k). Tell the download window to download into the Right Time Reader folder
that you just made. Once you have unzipped the file (also into the RTR folder),
. The RTR window should open with the message "No Book Loaded". Go to the file
menu, select and open "cat.ubk". This is enough for you to see how it works,
unless it doesn't (work, that is), in which case you may have an older version
of Windows 95 and you will also need MFC42.dll, which you can download in
, and place in the same folder.
if everything works and you would like the rest of the first crop of books,
Click Here: All Books
(approx 2 Meg). This can be downloaded directly into the "Right Time Reader
folder (directory) that you created in your Program Files directory (or
wherever you like). When you unzip it, you will have several subdirectories,
each with a different book. The reader program that you downloaded in the Basic
Package will read any of them when you open the appropriate *.ubk file in that
I've returned to the manual mode of installing the program because of reports
of complications when the installer program interacted with Windows to trigger
some security functions. Sometimes a box would pop up demanding a registration
name and number, and sometimes the program would fold up when this was not
provided. I dislike nag screens and I find it infuriating when Windows does
things like this on its own. By installing the program manually, you avoid
having any unnecessary or hidden part of the system (such as the registry)
involved, and minimize the hidden "gotcha" problem. The price you pay is the
effort to make your own RTR folder in your directory and decide for yourself
whether you need MFC42.dll, instead of having the installer do these things for
I have seen the box requesting registration name and number appear on both XP
and W2000 systems when no installer was used, and in both cases I left the
spaces empty and pressed "enter" to make it go away, and everything worked fine.
To quote from a fine rant by Bruce Schneier and Adam Shostack on the problems with Microsoft software's security
Too much of the Microsoft operating system operates invisibly, without the
user's knowledge. Too much of it functions without leaving audit records of what
happened. With each successive version of the Microsoft operating system, it
has become increasingly difficult for a user to control his own system or to
examine what his system is doing. This has disastrous security ramifications,
and should be reversed.
to download a zipfile with the new book from Sophie,
who is four years old. [NOTE: this is now included in the AllBooks download]
Sophie drew a picture of a spaceship about to crash into her house, and then
worked out this story with some help from her Dad. [Just tell your software to
make a new "SophiesAlien" folder in the RightTime Reader folder, same place as
the other books you already have, and then download [approx 300k] into the
folder and unzip the files]
Sophie's mom sent me some background that I think is fascinating:
I wanted to give you a little more info about the genesis of "Alien
Party", use as much or as little as you want but it is kind of interesting.
We are pretty sure Sophie's original drawing was her way of expressing
thoughts/feelings about the planes crashing into the WTC--she knows it
happened but hasn't been exposed to multiple replays of it.
course she's aware and hears us discussing it.
In the first story she told Joe the ship did crash into our house--we
all got out and managed to save the pets and some belongings (including her
Joe redirected her by saying he didn't want the ship to crash,
maybe she could think of a way to stop it.
She couldn't come up with an idea until he said something about putting a sign
up--thus the sign.
Then she decided it could go over our house and into the neighbor's pool, the
could get out, swim and have a party.
It never occurred to me that this program could be used therapeutically in this
For a child with fears, or even one who just has a recurring bad dream, this
could be useful. The images can be made visible and shared onscreen, then
(with as much help as may be needed) they can be changed into
something that is emotionally acceptable, or even fun!
giving a child some power over his or her fears. And it
that literacy and computer skills are empowering, and can conquer fears. What
a winner of an idea, and what a great demonstration of what happens as more
people get involved in something like this! Many thanks to Sophie and her savvy
Who will have the next great idea?
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