[Nfbc-info] Note-Taking Devices

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Fri Sep 13 14:09:46 UTC 2013

What does it matter what others are using.  You 
should use whatever you have and works best for 
you.  You need to be able to use it proficiently, 
and it needs to be reliable.  I went all the way 
through graduate school, taking notes with a 
slate and stylus only, but then I am old.


At 09:30 PM 9/12/2013, you 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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