BrailleNote – Beginner

BrailleNote is a portable device that functions as a laptop computer for individuals who are blind.

This course is designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge of BrailleNote. VoiceNote users may also participate in the course.

Learn the Basics

  • Navigate through the menus and sub-menus of the BrailleNote software
  • Adjust the speech settings (e.g., volume, pitch, rate, numbering)
  • Create, edit, format, save, and print documents
  • Transfer files using external drives (e.g., USB jump drives)
  • Access the Internet
  • Use Web-Braille
  • Use features of the BrailleNote, such as the:
    • Book Reader
    • Media player/recorder
    • Calculator
    • Address book

Learn Instructional Strategies

You will receive a curriculum module with instructions for teaching the BrailleNote to students. You will also receive tip sheets and other resources.

You will be added to the MDE-LIO technology listserv after completing the workshop. As a member of the listserv, you can connect with other professionals who have completed an MDE-LIO technology workshop. Use the listserv to share ideas, ask questions, or help answer someone else's question about assistive technology. MDE-LIO also shares helpful tips on a regular basis.

Participants

Who

Individuals working with students who are BVI, including:

  • Teachers and BVI teacher consultants
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parents
  • College students

How Many

  • Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties: 4-8 participants
  • All other counties: 3-8 participants

Schedule

Ensure the minimum number of participants.

We will schedule the workshop in your area once there is interest from the minimum number of participants. Let us know if you need help to meet the minimum.

Once the workshop is scheduled, we will list it as an event and open registration to others who are interested.

The instructional days may be scheduled back-to-back or one week apart.

  • Day 1 (6 hours)
  • Day 2 (5 hours)

Equipment

The workshop host must provide:

  • A printer and a braille embosser that all participants can access
  • A BrailleNote or a VoiceNote for each participant
    • Let MDE-LIO know if you need a device

Credits

Request credits when scheduling the workshop.

  • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
    • A 40-day wait period is required to schedule the workshop if SCECHs are requested
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREPs)

Cost

Teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel: $75

Parents/family and college students: $37.50