Generally, for people with dyslexia, it is essential that the tablet have built-in text-to-speech with a high-quality voice. All three of these tablets have text-to-speech, but the way it is implemented differs from tablet to tablet. The iPad allows text-to-speech to be activated in a few taps when reading webpages and text in other apps, including Safari, Mail, and many third-party apps, including The New York Times newsreader app. The other tablets require a more time-consuming process to activate text-to-speech in all apps.
All three tablets have different operating systems, meaning their software behaves differently. The iPad mini runs iOS 7 which is easy to use and smooth. iOS has the best built-in accessibility features of the bunch, with a well-polished screen reader called VoiceOver that can read almost anything on screen aloud using text-to-speech. iOS also includes Speak Selection which lets users highlight text and listen to it read aloud using text-to-speech.
These tablets all have unique reading features that distinguish them from each other, but each of the devices allows users to highlight and annotate books, as well as define an unfamiliar word with just a couple of taps.
All of these tablets have other useful features; both the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7 include comprehensive multi-user support. On the Nexus 7 you can create a separate account for a student or child that only allows them to use certain apps on the device. Even if multiple users use the same apps, they can each set them up the way they prefer.
All three tablets also include speech recognition that allows you to speak into the tablet and then have your words appear as text. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX allow you to dictate even when you are not connected to the Internet. The iPad does require an Internet connection in order to use dictation.
CDCR continues to expand access to new and existing services and innovative rehabilitative opportunities. This six-year contract covers many aspects of communications technology, including expanding access to tablets and kiosks for the entire incarcerated population.
It is important to maintain relationships during incarceration. Visits, calls, and letters are a great way to stay connected. CDCR has been steadily working to improve technology and communication, including a pilot program at five prisons in 2018 that provided tablets and secure email access to eligible people. People with tablets and their loved ones report they appreciate the ability to stay connected, in addition to having consistent access to eBooks, legal materials, and entertainment.
This six-year contract is with ViaPath Technologies, which is responsible for providing all tablets, infrastructure, technical support and technology updates. Many features are free to users, including the Department Operations Manual (DOM), Health Care Department Operations Manual (HCDOM), Title 15, PREA, Policies and Regulations, internal handbooks, newspapers, and podcasts, library eBooks, audiobooks, games, law library materials, religious materials, mental and physical health materials, and rehabilitative content. Users may purchase some services, such as approved movies, news and sports feeds, or premium music.
Users have the ability to securely send and receive email, with incoming and outgoing messages closely monitored. Users may send and receive pre-approved images, stickers, and e-cards, and can receive short video clips and photos from family and friends (videos/photos may not be sent, only received).
Technology in prisons and jails in the United States has advanced greatly. At least 30 states have started similar tablet programs to provide secure access to rehabilitative programs, email, and entertainment. Officials report many benefits, including the ability to monitor use and quickly address security concerns. In addition, music, movies, games and recreational books are widely enjoyed by incarcerated people. Tablets also allow people in prison to learn about technology they may not have ever experienced.
Yes. Users may receive, but not send, video clips from approved contacts. Videos are reviewed by institutional staff for safety and security concerns. Video calls are also available on the tablets in approved areas within each housing area. Users sign up for 15-minute blocks of time to utilize the docking station required to access the video call functionality on the tablets. Additionally, users can sign up to use the available kiosks to make telephone or video calls during institution-approved hours. At this time, the free Webex video visiting system remains in place. However, tablets will be available for those who would like to make video calls in a different location, or to offset limited video visiting availability in visiting rooms. Video calls cost 20 cents per minute.
The ADA incarcerated population and workers as well as CDCR employees are trained to assist any incarcerated person with using the accessible settings on the tablets. These settings are not restricted to users with a documented need and are available to every user. In addition, the existing Video Relay Solution (VRS) and telephones with captioning technology (TTY) are available free of charge upon request.
Yes. Each tablet is encrypted and all contents are monitored by institutional staff, who can immediately investigate any improper usage. The tablets are not web browsers and do not have internet access. Users may only access approved programs and content using tablets and kiosks in their housing units. CDCR can monitor, record, and store communications. E-messages are reviewed by VPT for inappropriate content, and staff are alerted for further review before it is sent to the intended recipient. All photos and video messages are reviewed, which may result in a short delay. Authorized staff have the ability to turn off any of the services for any user or group of users at any time if there are safety or security concerns.
The tablets provide a wealth of informational materials to enhance the well-being of the incarcerated population and their connection to their loved ones and communities through improved communications and access to resources. We are committed to adding new and increasingly interesting and relevant materials each month.
As new technology is introduced into institutions, there may be technical issues that need to be worked out. We understand this is frustrating for users and their family and friends, and appreciate your patience. Tablet users may submit a Tablet Performance Form to VPT via the tablet or kiosk. In the unexpected instance that the tablet andkiosk become unusable, the user should alert a staff member immediately.
For the first 30 days after tablets are activated at an institution, VPT monitors and tune signals to provide the best coverage. During this time, users may experience intermittent signal loss, which could result in dropped calls or loss of connectivity. When submitting Tablet Performance Forms to VPT, users should provide notes about what they are experiencing so VPT can best resolve the issue. Only one form should be submitted per issue, and VPT will respond within three business days.
Finally, we give some general advice on how to talk with your child about what they need to do to safely and responsibly use their device as well as how you might approach using and eventually weaning your child away from the parental tools built into Google Family Link.
Family Link is an app from Google that allows you to set-up, manage and monitor a Google account and Android device for your child so even young children can take advantage of the benefits of having a smartphone or tablet.
While the best speech to text software used to be specifically only for desktops, the development of mobile devices and the explosion of easily accessible apps means that transcription can now also be carried out on a smartphone (opens in new tab) or tablet (opens in new tab).
The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) allows inmates and their families to communicate utilizing interactive, stationary kiosks available in general population housing units, as well as tablets. This service is provided for by JPay Inc., a Securus Technologies company, currently in contract with the Department. These services are geared toward enhancing family connections, expanding educational opportunities, and incentivizing positive inmate behavior.
Every inmate will be provided a secure tablet which will come with complementary content, provided at no cost to the inmate, including several games, the Project Gutenberg library of classic eBooks, relaxation music, and access to educational content including Khan Academy Lite videos and GED preparation. The cost of additional games, movie rentals, additional ebooks, audiobooks, and music will vary depending on the item purchased, similar to how prices in online stores like Apple iTunes and Google Play vary.
Inmates will be informed about the JPay loaner tablet program and the process to obtain one through New Inmate Orientations at the Reception Centers and their permanent Institution. If the inmate choses to participate in the JP6 loaner tablet program, they must order their tablet through the JPay kiosk. If an inmate does not choose to be issued a loaner tablet, then they must receive their communications by accessing the kiosk in their dormitory.
The Florida Department of Corrections has mandated that inmates cannot possess a JP5 and JP6 tablet simultaneously. Inmates who have previously purchased a JP5 may keep their tablet until it is not operable or compromised. JPay will not repair or replace JP5 tablets because they are now technically obsolete. When the inmate registers for a JP6 loaner tablet the previously purchased JP5 tablet will be shipped to JPay and stored by JPay, and the inmate will be able to request a JP5 tablet and all of their purchases content upon release.