[Nfbc-info] Note-Taking Devices

Brandon Keith Biggs brandonkeithbiggs at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 03:36:30 UTC 2013

I just use a laptop with word and NVDA or Jaws. I have my headphones in 
and listen to the lecture while typing. I like to be super organized and 
can't do that as well when I just use Braille or a note taker.

Brandon Keith Biggs

On 9/12/2013 7:30 PM, Chela Robles wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have told you while back that I'm going to take the Administrative 
> Assistant Program starting October 21st and through the summer of 2014 
> at Mt. Diablo Adult Education School in my hometown, Concord, 
> California and I have made a list in conjunction with the financial 
> aid adviser who will be working with my counselor and I to make sure I 
> succeed. A couple of the items I listed I think are note-taking 
> possibilities a windows professional 7 equipped laptop and the Braille 
> Focus 14 display.
> My question to all of you since I'm not going to divulge my whole list 
> which is only ten items, which I'm sure you guys don't wish to read 
> unless I'm wrong about that then let me know.
> Anyway my question is what do you guys use for taking notes in school?
> Several people from the IOs listserv I'm on say they use their IPads, 
> IPhones, IPod Touches, MacBookPro's, while others use PC Laptops in 
> conjunction with braille displays that have the braille keyboard 
> integrated with the laptop while still others use just the braille 
> display because it has note-taking functionality itself, yet others 
> still stick to the classic note-takers such as from Humanware or the 
> pac mate from Freedom Scientific which mine didn't last. I just really 
> think personally it would be easier to take the laptop and the braille 
> display along with the digital recorder I have from Olympus to record 
> lectures, but I want to make sure I know what others are using but to 
> me it sounds like a lot of people are using their IDevices or Braille 
> displays in conjunction with the IDevices or as a stand-alone 
> note-taker, or in conjunction or without laptops whether from Apple or 
> PC-based, now, but correct me if I'm wrong, but there are still those 
> who use the older technology such as what I mentioned before from 
> Freedom Scientific which again my Pac Mate did retire and I'd not get 
> one again.
> I'd like to know before 8AM PST. Tomorrow.
> I don't want to limit myself yet I want to make sure I don't break 
> Rehab's budget smiles.
> I have a meeting tomorrow with a tech evaluator name Steven Clark from 
> Adaptive Technology Services, even though I already gave him the list, 
> I'd still like to know what others are using to take notes in classes 
> nowadays.
> Thanks for your kind responses.
> Chela Robles

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