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  1. BrailleNote Tutorial by Katie Beaver, Director of Services for Assistive Technology University at Buffalo, State University of New York Buffalo, New York, USA

  2. Main Menu (click on any selection or simply page down to next slide) Module 1 - Introduction to the BrailleNote, part 1 Module 2 - Introduction to the BrailleNote, part 2 Module 3 - Files, text,words,sentences, Braille advance Module 4 - Spelling, searching, shortcuts, printing & erasing Module 5 - Organizing files and folders Module 6 - Block commands, embossing Module 7 - Disk drive, importing & exporting files Module 8 - Protect & unprotect, place makers, erasing folders Module 9 - Formatting

  3. Module One

  4. Module One • BrailleNote Overview • Battery Information • BrailleNote Controls • Adjusting the Speech • Adjusting the Key Echo • Navigating Menus • Turning off the system 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  5. The BrailleNote has … • A word processor - KeyWord • A calendar - KeyPlan • An address book - KeyList • An e-mail program - KeyMail • A book reader program • A scientific calculator - KeyPlus • A file manager • An internet browser - KeyWeb 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  6. The BrailleNote can be: • connected to an ink printer to produce ink copies • connected to a braille embosser to produce hard copy braille output • connected to the computer to be used as a refreshable braille display 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  7. The BrailleNote can be: • connected to the computer to display information from the BrailleNote on the monitor • connected to a phone line for email and the internet • connected to a disk drive 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  8. The BrailleNote Battery • The BrailleNote comes with an AC adapter and a rechargeable, built-in battery • A full battery charge will last about 20 hours • The BrailleNote will warn you when the battery is low • When the battery is low, you need to plug in the AC adapter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  9. More about the battery - • It takes about 2 hours to charge • You can’t “overcharge” it • The battery will last longer if you store the BrailleNote at room temperature • You will need to send the BrailleNote back to the company to replace the battery about every 2 years 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  10. BrailleNote Controls Braille Input Keys 2 3 5 6 1 4 Refreshable Braille Cells Thumb Keys Click here to return to Main Menu

  11. BrailleNote Controls (con’t) Space Bar Backspace 5 6 3 2 4 Enter 1 Previous or Exit Back Advance Next or Select Click here to return to Main Menu

  12. Lesson 1 - Adjusting the speech • On the left side, find the on/off rocker switch and press the side closest to you to turn it on • This may take you directly to the “main menu” • If not … On/Off Switch 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  13. Go to the Main Menu • Dots 1,2,3,4,5,6 and space take you directly to the Main Menu 3 5 6 2 4 1 space 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  14. Some tips to help you… • If you are not sure what the BrailleNote said, you can read the braille display or • You can press space with the letter R (dots 1,2,3,5) to REPEAT the last spoken item • To check your battery power, press space with the letter O, then press the letter P 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  15. 3 2 5 6 1 4 Changing the speech rate,pitch and volume • The braille input keys, used in specific combinations with the Enter key, are used to change the speech. Enter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  16. 3 2 5 6 1 4 Changing the speech rate,pitch and volume (cont’d) • Tip: The braille input keys on the left make things go down & the keys on the right make things go up 1, 2, 3, ………………………………14, 15, 16, … 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  17. 3 2 5 6 1 4 Changing the speech rate, pitch and volume (cont’d) • There are 32 volume levels, 16 speech rates and 16 pitch levels 1, 2, 3, ………………………………14, 15, 16, … 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  18. Changing the Volume • The ENTER key and Dot 1 reduces the volume • The ENTER key and DOT 4 increases the volume Enter 1 4 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  19. Changing the Pitch • The ENTER key and Dot 2 lowers the pitch • The ENTER key and DOT 5 increases the pitch 2 5 Enter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  20. Changing the Rate • The ENTER key and Dot 3 slows down the speech rate • The ENTER key and DOT 6 increases the speech rate 3 6 Enter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  21. Before continuing … • Set the volume to 20 Enter 1 4 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  22. And … • Set the pitch to 8 2 5 Enter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  23. And … • Set the rate to 5 3 6 Enter 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  24. Lesson Two - Keyboard Echo You can instruct the BrailleNote to … • speak each letter that is typed • speak each word when you press the spacebar • speak both letters and words • or speak nothing 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  25. This is a 4-Step Process You must … • first enter the OPTIONS MENU • then choose KEYBOARD • then type the letter of the option you want • and then EXIT 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  26. Change the echo to speak nothing • Press space with the dots for the letter O (dots 1, 3, 5) – BrailleNote says “options menu” • Press the letter K (dots 1,3) – BrailleNote says: “keyboard voice currently … ” • Type F for OFF (dots 1,2,4) • Press space with the dots for the letter E (dots 1,5) to exit 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  27. Change the echo to speak each letter • Press space with the dots for the letter O (dots 1, 3, 5) – BrailleNote says “options menu” • Press the letter K (dots 1,3) – BrailleNote says: “keyboard voice currently … ” • Type S for spell letters (dots 2,3,4) • Press space with the dots for the letter E (dots 1,5) to exit 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  28. Change the echo to speak each word • Press space with the dots for the letter O (dots 1, 3, 5) – BrailleNote says “options menu” • Press the letter K (dots 1,3) – BrailleNote says: “keyboard voice currently … ” • Type w for words (dots 2,4,5,6) • Press space with the dots for the letter E (dots 1,5) to exit 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  29. Change the echo to both words and letters • Press space with the dots for the letter O (dots 1, 3, 5) – BrailleNote says “options menu” • Press the letter K (dots 1,3) – BrailleNote says: “keyboard voice currently … ” • Type b for both (dots 1,2) • Press space with the dots for the letter E (dots 1,5) to exit 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  30. 3 2 5 6 1 4 Lesson 3 - Navigating the Menus • If you are not already at the Main Menu, press dots 1,2,3,4,5,6 and space space 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  31. Moving forward through the menus • Press the space bar or the advance key to move you forward through the menu choices space space Advance 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  32. Moving backward through the menus • Press the backspace or the back key to move you backward through the menu choices Backspace Back 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  33. Selecting an item from a menu • Press the ENTER key or the Next/select key to select an item from a menu Enter Next or Select 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  34. Exiting a Menu • Press space with the letter E (dots 1,5) or press the Previous/Exit thumb key to exit a menu 5 1 space Previous or Exit 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  35. Practice • Turn on the unit and go to the Main Menu • Change speech rate to 6 • Set key echo to SPELL • From the Main Menu, select the Word Processor 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  36. Lesson 4 - Turning the system off • The BrailleNote remembers where you were working when you turn it off, and will return there when you turn it back on • While it is designed to automatically save files, it is always recommended that you return to the Main Menu first 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  37. Practice • Return to the Main Menu • Locate the on/off power switch on the left side • Press the side farthest from you to turn the BrailleNote off. 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  38. Module One Skill Checklist • Can turn device on/off • Can locate Backspace key • Can locate Enter key • Can locate Advance key • Can locate Back key • Can navigate menus • Can raise/lower volume/pitch/rate • Can set keyboard echo to words/spell/off/both letters & words 1 Click here to return to Main Menu

  39. Module Two Click here to return to Main Menu

  40. Module Two • Creating a File • Moving the Cursor • Listening to a File • Reading the Braille Display 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  41. Lesson 5 - Creating a File • Files are created using the Word Processing program called “KeyWord” • Turn on the BrailleNote • If you are not at the Main Menu, go there by pressing 1,2,3,4,5,6 and space 3 2 5 6 1 4 space 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  42. Selecting the Word Processor • Using the space or the advance key, move to the Word Processor • Select the Word Processor by pressing the Enter key or the Next/Select Key Enter space Next / Select 2 Advance Click here to return to Main Menu

  43. Navigating the Keyword Menu • Using the space or the advance key, read all the keyword menu items. • Move to “create a document” and select it by pressing the Enter key or the Next/Select Key. Enter space Next / Select 2 Advance Click here to return to Main Menu

  44. Setting up a new file • The BrailleNote says “Folder name? Press enter for GENERAL” – Press the ENTER key to select this folder to store your file in. • Later on, you will learn how to create other folders that will help you organize your work. 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  45. Typing a file name • The BrailleNote says “Document to create?” – Type your first name in grade 2 and press Enter • The BrailleNote says “Top of Document. Blank.” • You are ready to begin typing. 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  46. The Cursor • Keep in mind that as you begin to type, the cursor, which represents your typing position, is displayed as dots 7 and 8. 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  47. Typing sentences • Type the following sentence keeping in mind that if you make a typing mistake, simply press the backspace key: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. • Next, type the sentence: This is fun. 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  48. Grade 2 Reference • Now is the time ,n[ is ! "t • for all good men = all gd m5 • to come to the aid 6-e 6! aid • of their country. ( _! c.try4 • This is fun. ,? is fun4 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  49. 3 2 5 6 1 4 Moving the cursor • The cursor is moved and speaking commands are executed by using specific braille input keys together with the spacebar. space 2 Click here to return to Main Menu

  50. Moving the cursor (cont’d) • The cursor can also be moved by using the “Touch Cursor Buttons” located directly behind each braille cell • Simply locate the cell where you want the cursor and press the touch cursor on that cell Touch Cursor Buttons 2 Click here to return to Main Menu