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by Sharon Nichols

Note Takers

  • Reinforcement/Reward - Create a file called "braille", the classroom teacher can have the student turn on the APH Scholar and practice the braille alphabet.
  • Spelling Test - Help the student create a file called "spellwords", let them practice spelling their words for the upcoming test.
  • Teach the classroom teacher how to connect the APH Scholar or Braille Note to the computer for a visual display. This will encourage the teacher to "help" with the note taker.
  • Help the student create separate class folders (Science, LA, Social Studies), have one file in each folder called, "homework". Have the student write their assignments and due dates then create a "hard return". This will make each assignment appear on a separate line in the file, which will make it much easier for the student to access.
  • Help the student create a file called, "phone". Follow the procedure of inserting a hard return after the name and number is written. This will allow the name and number to appear on the same separate line.
  • Help the student load the games which come with the APH Scholar disk. Remember computer games are how most students learn to use the computer!
  • Look at the TEKS for Technology, and ask your local tech teacher for ideas.
  • One of your greatest resources is other VI teachers, talk to each other and exhange ideas.

Warning! Although the note takers have calculators built in, the Perkins braille writer is still the only way to teach math skills. It allows both spatial and step by step verification for the student.


  • Begin using "Talking Typer" from APH to teach keyboarding skills. The program is free and keeps important data such as: words per minute, mistakes in lessons, and sequential lessons. This program is self-voicing, which means it speaks straight out of the box.
  • Use "Math Flash" from APH to reinforce math skills. It has a variety of settings: addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. The skill level can be set by the teacher, as well as how many problems in each drill set. Most important, it is a game!
  • Check out Computer Games for Students with Visual Impairments.
  • Consider using "Connect Outloud" from This is the same as JAWS, but only works with MS Internet Explorer, Outlook Express (email), and it's own word processor. It is a great start for younger students!

Print Resouces for technology. Has guides for the Mountbatten braille writer, Intellitools, ACC devices, and other VI technology.

  • Curriculum for Teaching Blind Students
  • Microsoft Word: Typing with Keyboard Commands
  • 20 Printed Lessons for Teachers Braille and Word Files for Students
  • Margaret Marston, Ph. D. Copyright 2001

IEP Objectives for Using Digital Talking Books. If you don't know what these are, check it out!
Visually Impaired Resource Guide - Assistive Technology for Students who use Braille
Braille Lite
Visually Impaired Resource Guide - Assistive Technology for Students who use Braille
Texas Text Exchange - Welcome to the Texas Text Exchange - the first web-based digital library of electronic books for exclusive use by students with disabilities!
The TTE has 441 books online and 100 active institutions in the US and Canada.,420,18,24,html
Pulse Data Releases KeyWeb, The First Portable Web Browser For Persons Who Are Blind