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From the Ted Talk "Ron McCallum: How technology allowed me to read"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When I was at school, the kboso were transcribed by snrraricbset, voluntary people who punched one dot at a time so I'd have volumes to read, and that had been going on, mainly by oewnm, since the late 19th century in this country, but it was the only way I could read. When I was in ihgh school, I got my first Philips reel-to-reel tape recorder, and tape recorders became my sort of pre-computer umemid of learning. I could have family and friends read me material, and I could then read it back as many times as I needed. And it brought me into contact with volunteers and helpers. For example, when I studied at graduate school at Queen's sivriynute in Canada, the prisoners at the licslno Bay ilja agreed to help me. I gave them a tape recorder, and they read into it. As one of them said to me, "Ron, we ain't going anywhere at the moment."

Open Cloze

When I was at school, the _____ were transcribed by ____________, voluntary people who punched one dot at a time so I'd have volumes to read, and that had been going on, mainly by _____, since the late 19th century in this country, but it was the only way I could read. When I was in ____ school, I got my first Philips reel-to-reel tape recorder, and tape recorders became my sort of pre-computer ______ of learning. I could have family and friends read me material, and I could then read it back as many times as I needed. And it brought me into contact with volunteers and helpers. For example, when I studied at graduate school at Queen's __________ in Canada, the prisoners at the _______ Bay ____ agreed to help me. I gave them a tape recorder, and they read into it. As one of them said to me, "Ron, we ain't going anywhere at the moment."

Solution

  1. medium
  2. transcribers
  3. university
  4. high
  5. books
  6. jail
  7. collins
  8. women

Original Text

When I was at school, the books were transcribed by transcribers, voluntary people who punched one dot at a time so I'd have volumes to read, and that had been going on, mainly by women, since the late 19th century in this country, but it was the only way I could read. When I was in high school, I got my first Philips reel-to-reel tape recorder, and tape recorders became my sort of pre-computer medium of learning. I could have family and friends read me material, and I could then read it back as many times as I needed. And it brought me into contact with volunteers and helpers. For example, when I studied at graduate school at Queen's University in Canada, the prisoners at the Collins Bay jail agreed to help me. I gave them a tape recorder, and they read into it. As one of them said to me, "Ron, we ain't going anywhere at the moment."

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blind people 6
harry potter 3

Important Words

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  2. bay
  3. books
  4. brought
  5. canada
  6. century
  7. collins
  8. contact
  9. country
  10. dot
  11. family
  12. friends
  13. gave
  14. graduate
  15. helpers
  16. high
  17. jail
  18. late
  19. learning
  20. material
  21. medium
  22. moment
  23. needed
  24. people
  25. philips
  26. prisoners
  27. punched
  28. read
  29. recorder
  30. recorders
  31. school
  32. sort
  33. studied
  34. tape
  35. time
  36. times
  37. transcribed
  38. transcribers
  39. university
  40. volumes
  41. voluntary
  42. volunteers
  43. women