[BCAB] Braille devices in education

dennis huckle muir1918 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 25 11:12:58 BST 2017


Also there is a facality to attach an hdmi moniter so as the instructor can
view what the puple is doing.
El braille is some thing I have just purchased and I am very impressed.
Kind regards,
Dennis huckle.


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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Braille devices in education

Hi Andrew,

As one who has grown up with Braille but who has acquired qwerty keyboard
skills as well, I feel that as far as possible each student should be
assessed to find their most appropriate option. I would have thought that
the majority these days would be choosing the qwerty option. For me,
Elbraille looks a good option despite the price, and there is the facility
to attach a qwerty keyboard as required.

Cheers,

Mike
> On 3 Jul 2017, at 16:50, Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgsonfamily.org> wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Interesting question which I have been pondering on for a bit.  What
Braille devices (notetakers, laptops, etc.) are people using in education
these days?
> 
> A while ago I was speaking to someone who was giving out BrailleNote
devices (not the Touch, but the ones before that), as they had the following
features:
> 
> - Were durable;
> - Had limited scope for damage or fiddling;
> - Were simple to use;
> - Allowed teachers to review the work that students were doing;
> - Everything serviced (including software) by a single company.
> 
> I can see the advantages and disadvantages of all these, but I was quite
impressed with the BrailleNote Touch for the education aspect, and that it
was giving students an Android device in a single package, and teachers
could look at the work students were doing if required.
> 
> Sean's recent email regarding the ElBraille raises a number of points,
because obviously the unit is cheaper than a BrailleNote touch, and also has
multiple possibilities regarding using the copy of JFW on other computers in
the school (such as class computers, laptops etc.), but from someone who has
limited knowledge of Braille, are they an attractive package for LEAs and
schools to give out to students?
> 
> My own experience is using a standard laptop with WordPerfect (then when
Windows was being used Word), with a screen reader.  I wouldn't have used
anything else for my schooling now, but that is how I work.
> 
> I realise the best approach is to work with the student and find out what
works best, but in a lot of cases that isn't doable especially when people
try and get several devices of the same type and force these on all
students.
> 
> So, what makes a good device for education, and how are children using
these?  What are the barriers, what is causing concerns from people
providing the equipment?
> 
> Discuss,
> Andrew.
> 
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