[nobe-l] Re Liz's questions

Elizabeth Phillips evp at email.arizona.edu
Mon Aug 22 17:36:08 UTC 2011

Thanks, Erina, I really appreciate the suggestions.  It's great to meet you,

I currently don't bring my laptop into section, for the extra jaws talking
issue you were mentioning.  I currently use a BrailleNote Apex, which does
have a Braille display on it--so I personally am hesitant about the extreme
cost of a laptop display.  I do knowthat Braille Notes can hook up to
external moniters--does anyone know if it's possible to project a handout
word document from the Apex to an external screen?  That wouldn't solve the
problem of using powerpoint, but it could be a great option if you can work
with word or text files.  In philosophy there isn't much need for pictures
or diagrams, and as I am TAing for the class I'm in, the professor already
handles the powerpoint.  I hope someone can give you a more direct
suggestion on powerpoint and Braille--hopefully what I've said is at least
somewhat helpful.

Be Well,

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Subject: Re: [nobe-l] Re Liz's questions

Hi Liz,

My name is Irina and I am also a graduate student at the department of
Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pitt.

I agree with Cayte that it will help to ask students to tell you their
names, when they make a comment during the discussion I tried it in my
classes, and although I always had to remind them, I remembered their
voices very quickly.  I also think that if you have more then 50
students in your class, you would never be able to remember everyone,
but at least you will know the active students.

I will also suggest combination of handouts and projecting from a
computer to the screen.  Power Point is fine to use with JAWS.  I use
office t003, because I generally find it easier.  May be somebody else
could comment on using newer versions of PPT.  You can also project
Word documents onto a screen. Or even type in Word if you want to make
a quick reference.  I used to do that in my language classes.

I also have a question for the list concerning using the braille
display for teaching.  I currently use JAWS and have a headphone in
one ear, but find it at times annoying, especially when I want to show
a clip from my computer and JAWS continues speaking for a while.  Does
anyone on the list use brail display for teaching?  Does it work well
with PPT and other programs?  I am considering buying it at some



On 8/20/11, Cayte Mendez <katz4god at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Liz,
> My name is Cayte.  I'm an elementary school teacher in NYC.  Welcome to
> list!
> When I first started teaching I had a really hard time learning my
> names.  One thing you might try is having students call out their names to
> you when they have a question or comment.  As the semester progresses
> probably learn to associate voices with the different names, so when they
> come see you before or after class you'll have a reference.  Also, I took
> few classes in college where we had assigned seats.  It's a little more
> formal than the usual set-up, but that way you can have an idea of who's
> talking by where they're sitting in the room.
> Presenting class materials without the board is a little tricky.  Do your
> colleagues use PowerPoint or is it ok to use handouts?  I have some
> vision, so I don't know how accessible PowerPoint is, but maybe someone
> on the list knows?
> Again, welcome to the list and I hope we can be a helpful resource for you
> in the future.
> A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
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