[Blindmath] Summer University workshop in Vienna

John Gardner john.gardner at orst.edu
Mon Dec 21 17:33:53 UTC 2009

Thanks for the good ideas Roopakshi.  Can you give some more details 
about the plotting routines you mention.  I don't know these.  I presume 
they are accessible.  What kinds of output can they make?

Several of your suggestions are incorporated into tutorials that are 
already planned.  Data sonification, spreadsheet use, charting from 
Excel for example. 	Maple has been suggested as a topic for a tutorial, 
but MatLab hasn't previously been suggested.

I would be delighted if you could come and present a tutorial on stat 
packages.  And plotting routines too!


On 12/20/2009 5:35 AM, Roopakshi Pathania wrote:
> Hi,
> OK, here I go, but remember you did ask for advice.
> I’m dividing the topics that I consider to be necessary into 2 categories, simply because the second category is of personal interest.
> -	Working with MATLAB
> -	Creating content in DAISY with MathML (to be possibly covered by Design Science?)
> -	Producing Mathematical content using speech recognition tools (TalkMaths possibly?)
> I’m willing to volunteer for the R session, but my skill level is nowhere near to that of Professor Godfree’s. This brings me to my second category where I have some basic experience, but anyone else with better knowledge is welcome to do the job
> -	Use of other statistical packages like Stata
> -	Creating basic diagrams using Gnuplot, the PSTrix package, etc.
> -	Data sonification (basic graphs)
> -	Working with Spreadsheet functions and formulas (this caters more to the real world applications)
> Bert, a member of this list, and currently pursuing a doctoral thesis in Development Economics is also good with Statistical packages.
> Regards
> "Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet."
> ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
> --- On Fri, 12/18/09, John Gardner<john.gardner at orst.edu>  wrote:
>> From: John Gardner<john.gardner at orst.edu>
>> Subject: [Blindmath] Summer University workshop in Vienna
>> To: "Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics"<blindmath at nfbnet.org>
>> Date: Friday, December 18, 2009, 3:50 AM
>> Hello listers, I need some advice
>> from all you good people and would also like to invite you
>> to participate in this workshop.  It will be held on
>> Monday-Tuesday, July 12-13 in Vienna, Austria.  The
>> workshop is free, and all participants will be given free
>> registration for the main ICCHP conference (International
>> Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs),
>> held on July 14-16 at the same venue. Unfortunately there is
>> presently no major sponsor, so both participants and
>> presenters must find their own funding for travel and living
>> costs during the workshop and conference.  We expect
>> between twenty and forty student participants but thus far
>> we have not set a maximum.
>> The workshop is aimed at students in high school or
>> university who are blind and need to learn how best to
>> access math and science.  There are still a couple of
>> teaching positions that are open too - including a tutorial
>> presenter on access to Statistics software.  Jonathan
>> Godfrey, our own expert on that topic, will probably not be
>> able to find funding for him to come from New Zealand, so I
>> am hoping there may be another volunteer who can find
>> funding??
>> The advice I am seeking is your feedback on what needs to
>> be covered. The format will be tutorials in two hour
>> sessions.  A particularly hearty student could take as
>> many as eight in two days.  The more popular ones will
>> be given multiple times.  Topics presently on the
>> agenda include the following:
>>  From ViewPlus, tutorials on Accessible Graphics, Audio
>> Graphing Calculator, and Embossing Math/Science
>> Documents.  From Infty, tutorials on the Infty Reader
>> math OCR software and ChattyInfty, the accessible math
>> reader/edditor application.  The Lambda group will
>> present on the Lambda code for math.  Several other
>> topics are under discussion including one on latex, but they
>> are not yet confirmed.
>> I would be very grateful for your advice on what needs to
>> be presented in this workshop.
>> John Gardner
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