University of Edinburgh

Introduction to Braille and Braille Technology

Tuesda, 15 November 2011 (Day 2)

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 11
Number of Respondents: 11

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
Look into purchase of BrailleNote now that I have learnt more about it. Lots more teaching and activity ideas.
It will be shared and discussed with colleagues in the VI team to develop awareness and skills.
Will share with colleagues and more practically will use with a student whose sight is deteriorating.
Daily basis – children/colleagues – will meet and share.
I will review my braille teaching/support to a pupil. I will be able to help my pupil layout maths braille in a correct manner.
Information gained regarding BrailleNote. Will be very useful.
By adapting my practice and using my new knowledge with my pupils.
Take back info and share with colleagues, especially re UEB (Unified English Braille) and BrailleNote. JAWS (screen reading software) just about to be introduced to our pupil and we are to start training.
I will be using the strategies for introducing braille to print users.
Use all of it when I go back to work, very interesting and informative.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Looking at BrailleNote. Explanations about reading techniques, schemes.
Seeing the demonstration of 'the styles'. The handouts, demonstration of the Duxbury Embosser and how to read braille. The presenters were also very good.
Friendliness and relaxed atmosphere – no question was too basic. Knowledge and experience of presenters. Input from the young people.
Really enjoyed hearing from the Royal Blind School pupils about their own experiences.
Time to ask questions.
Braille technology - pupils' perspective.
Pupils' contribution and their ability to use technology.
Really enjoyed finding out more about Braille strategies and also found the presentation on the BrailleNote very useful.
All wonderful – great to have pupils' views/experiences too.
The practical demonstrations and chance to try out methods. Also the chance to ask questions.
Hearing from the two children on how they use braille and the different software.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Technology - but it is always unpredictable (and did work eventually)!
More time on Maths + ⁄ − ⁄ × ⁄ ÷ info and linear methods – perhaps a separate Maths day.

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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (5)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (3)
Colleague. (1)
SSC Website. (1)

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