[nabs-l] Use of Digital Voice Recorders in the Classroom

Joe Orozco jsorozco at gmail.com
Sat Aug 21 04:02:58 UTC 2010

1. Ask the professor for their permission just as a general courtesy.

2. Make sure the recording device will not be close enough to your notetaker
to pick up the clatter of your typing unless the keyboard on the notetaker
is quiet.  For this reason I would not use the same device to take notes and
record unless you are using a Braille Sense, which I dare say is most quiet
of all the notetakers for the blind out there.

3. Make use of indicator tones, if available, to segment the recording to
keep track of changing topics.

4. If you are recording, only jot down key points.  Later you can fill in
the gaps, but allow yourself to fully concentrate and absorb what's being
discussed.  It sounds like an elementary point, but I know people, namely
myself, who try to pull off a stenographic record.

I use an Olympus digital recorder, small and excellent sound quality for
lecture and conference environments.


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Subject: [nabs-l] Use of Digital Voice Recorders in the Classroom

I know that there has been a great deal of discussion on this 
list in the past about the use of recording media in the 
classroom to record lectures. I also am aware that some people 
use either a laptop, Braille note taker, or slate and stylus to 
do notes. I, for one will not hire a live note taker, because 
to me, it just doesn't seem right.

Anyway, I'd be interested in your thoughts about the use of 
digital voice recorder units during the lectures. If you've 
used them, what have you done to get the most out of the 
lectures? Do you think it's a good idea to use this tool alone 
or in combination with another note taking tool?

Also, I have access to more than one unit with recording 
abilities: the Victor Reader Stream, the Book Port Plus, and 
the Book Sense. I also have a commercial voice recorder from 
Sony, but since the others are able to record mp3 files 
directly, I don't see the need to use that one unless I have no 
other option.

Which units have others found works best in the lecture 
setting? Also, if anyone out there has other thoughts on how to 
use these tools effectively, I'm all ears. Thanks.
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