QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote – Advanced

BrailleNote is a portable device that functions as a laptop computer for individuals who are blind. The QWERTY keyboard is the standard keyboard used with most computers.

This course is designed for individuals who are familiar with the basics of the QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote. The skills taught are key skills for helping students advance in their academic and professional careers. Please make sure you have mastered the basics described in our beginner workshop before attending this workshop.

Learn Advanced Skills

  • Use the computer Braille code
  • Use advanced features of word processing
  • Create and edit PowerPoint files
  • Use advanced Internet navigation
  • Set up and access an email account
  • Download books from Bookshare and the Library of Congress
  • Pair the iPad with your QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote
  • Use advanced functions on features of the QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote, such as the:
    • BookReader
    • Calculator, including the Nemeth Code tutorial

Learn Instructional Strategies

You will receive a curriculum module with instructions for teaching advanced QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote skills 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

Middle or high school students may also participate. Please ask about student participation when scheduling the workshop if interested.

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 (5.5 hours)
  • Day 2 (5 hours)

Equipment

The workshop host must provide:

  • A printer and a Braille embosser that all participants can access
  • A QWERTY Keyboard BrailleNote for each participant

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

Students, parents/family, and college students: $37.50