[Pibe-division] Students' Braille Reading Preferences?

Amanda Gough amanda.gough at xtra.co.nz
Wed Dec 2 09:03:40 UTC 2015

I would say all of the above except Chrome Books.


The problem with ChromeBooks is that you can't store anything on them
(including Jaws), so they rely almost entirely on aps.


We have a number of students with multiple devices which they use for
different purposes.


The Braille Sense is popular with sighted teachers, because it comes with a
monitor that transcribes everything into print.


Each student is different, and once they are old enough to thoroughly
explore and trial the technology themselves, they will often be the best
judges of what they need.




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Subject: [Pibe-division] Students' Braille Reading Preferences?


Hi Everyone,


A colleague asked me a question today that I didn't have a clear answer for.
Since you guys talk to way more blind students on a daily basis than I, I
thought I'd ask here.


What is the most common way that K-12 students are preferring to read
electronic Braille these days? Are most students still using note-takers
like a Braille Note or Braille Sense? I suspect this method is still very
common, but I would guess that it is less popular than it used to be. Is
that true? If kids use note-takers, do they prefer BRF, DAISY, or another
file type for reading texts? 


If your students are not using a note-taker, are they using iPhones/iPads
with Braille displays, are they hooking displays up to computers and using
their screen reader with the display, or a combination of those? Are Macs,
PCs, Chromebooks, or tablets most common?  And if the answer is that it
varies, then which option are your Braille readers liking best? Does the
answer change depending on whether they are reading a textbook or a
recreational title?


Lastly, are any students preferring embossed hardcopy Braille these days, or
is electronic the norm? 


Just curious. Thanks in advance.






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