[blindkid] iPads ... Laptops and Notetakers oh MY
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Wed May 23 17:55:18 UTC 2012
I used both, and while I think if one has to pick between the 2 then you
need a computer with Braille display I think having a note taker is super
valuable too. I use mine all the time in work and leisure. In school I found
a note taker to be easier to take everywhere, it was easier to start and
shut down quickly, and faster to jot down notes. An Ipad or I touch would
also meet a lot of the goals of a note taker if one has a Braille display.
We all have preferences, and that is the hard part. What one person can't
live without the other person doesn't care one ounce about. I also Braille
about 4 times faster than I type minimum so like taking notes in Braille
better. I've used the same net book as Ariel and really like it. I had it
for 3 years and the power source died.
Good luck the decisions are only going to get tougher as he and the tech
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From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Penny Duffy
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:30 PM
To: Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
Subject: [blindkid] iPads ... Laptops and Notetakers oh MY
I wanted to stop hijacking Rosina's thread and since other
have similar questions I changed the subject to make it tidy.
Ok here is a question. I am trying to wrap my head around making sure my
daughter has the technology she needs. She is 8 and collage bound. Does
a child NEED a notetaker. Could they have a notebook and IPad and share a
braille display? (the IPad or IPhone for portability) Or is there
something that that makes the Notetaker a must have? Its my understanding
that even if child has a notetaker they will still need to get PC skills.
So a PC laptop will still be needed is the Notetaker still needed. I know
you can share files pretty easy between the IPad and computers (using
dropbox and other programs)
Please help this clueless mom.. I think I just had ahha moment. I would
love to hear from people who have used both and how they transitioned to
On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM, Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Like I said it reads the stuff from bookshare (Read2go provides the
> file) but if someone gives you a braille file I have found no way to
> get the ipad to bring it up. If you have found an application that
> does this Denise I would love to find out. May have been doing
> something wrong but I could get no application to bring up a .brf file.
Like I said I don't even
> know if this an issue . I am having this discussion with my daughter
> Trying to figure out if a notetaker is a needed technology for her or not.
> On May 22, 2012 1:56 PM, "Dr. Denise M Robinson" <deniserob at gmail.com>
>> Are you talking about read2go with bookshare? Yes, the braille
>> display will read braille files.
>> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Penny Duffy <pennyduffy at gmail.com>
>> > good question Holly..
>> > Abby uses her Ipad with a refreshable braille display and the
>> > biggest disadvantage i found is it doesn't read braille files.
>> > Which I don't
>> > if its an issue or not. There is an great bookshare app and it
>> > reads
>> > so that is not an issue. It will put on the braille display what
>> > ever is spoken by voice over. I am sure there are other issues.
>> > but so far that's the only one I have found and i don't know how
>> > many files
>> > come in braille format.
>> > On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM, Holly Baker Miller
>> > <hollym12 at gmail.com
>> > >wrote:
>> > > Still trying to figure things out for our situation. New braille
>> > > middle school, responsible & tech savy. Has enough vision that
>> > > jaws probably isn't going to be a necessity for him. His issue
>> > > is not so
>> > > with seeing but that he fatigues very quickly when reading visually.
>> > >
>> > > It seems as if buying a good netbook or ipad ($500) + bluetooth
>> > > display ($2500) such as the Brailliant 32 would be about half the
>> > > cost
>> > of a
>> > > note taker.
>> > > Aside from the slight downside of having to carry two compact
>> > > items,
>> > > does it seem like this is not a popular option for most?
>> > >
>> > > The pluses would be the netbook/ipad could be reasonably replaced
>> > 2-3
>> > > years as the processors get faster & more powerful making it
>> > > easier to
>> > keep
>> > > pace with technology. Sounds like the maintenance plan on a
>> > > notetaker costs that much. Even if the display part punks out
>> > > after a few
>> years, a
>> > > lot less painful to replace that than a full note taker.
>> > >
>> > > Are there other disadvantages I'm not aware of? Is this
>> > > something
>> > > time has come but it just hasn't quite caught on yet?
>> > > I won't be offended if there's something glaring I haven't thought
>> > >
>> > > Holly
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