[Athen] Capturing Information on a Board

Wink Harner wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Wed Feb 20 08:05:06 PST 2008

Thanks for the good wishes, E. I tore a tendon in my knee (driving knee no
less!) and had it repaired last week. It's well on the way to mending. I
already have cabin fever, so the recuperation is going along nicely. Will
be back to work and thundering speed next week.

In my poking around, I found some interesting ideas to pursue in re both
smart board & mimio. Both offer a handwriting recognition plug in which would
also allow a projection (PPT etc.) on the board to have comments written
ON it and saved as text rather than images. Don't know how accurate it may
be, but also I found these conversion programs which may help in the process:
Image Converter Plus (appx. $49), Universal Document Converter ($69) and
'Convert Image to PDF' from Softinterface Inc. (free download), the JPEG,
TIFF or GIF files can be converted to PDF and a screen reader can be used.
If the conversion is to text, again there is a choice of refreshable Braille
or hardcopy Braille. I do not know how easy it would be to convert math,
but with MathType and MathSpeak software, it would be a worthy experiment
to find out!

My daffodils are blooming today and I am going to take photos before it rains.



>-- Original Message --

>From: "E.A. Draffan" <ea at emptech.info>

>To: "'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'" <athen at athenpro.org>,


> <norm.coombs at gmail.com>

>Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:33:04 -0000

>Subject: Re: [Athen] Capturing Information on a Board

>Reply-To: ea at emptech.info, Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

> <athen at athenpro.org>



>Hope you are making a full recovery Wink and all is well. I would also


>interested to learn how you separate or add text with the images in an

>accessible way from digital white boards unless it is part of the original

>presentation? It is the same dilemma I have been trying to think about


>students have OneNote files for organising all their ideas.


>Best wishes E.A.


>Mrs E.A. Draffan

>Learning Societies Lab,

>ECS, University of Southampton,

>Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246





Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
Mesa AZ


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