[Athen] Share normal white boards with computer screen for students with VI

Cassie Kilroy Thompson mthomps2 at umbc.edu
Wed Feb 10 12:12:14 PST 2016

It will also depend on the type of vision-impairment - one of my students
who has albinism was unable to see chalkboards and some white boards, even
when magnified with some expensive tools, but a simple document camera
(Samsung SDP860) paired with a high def monitor allowed him to adjust the
contrast so that he could see them better than we could. The key issue for
him was the amount of light hitting his retina when a bright surface gets
magnified. Other students have had similar success with a portable
video-magnifier (such as ABISee's Zoom-Twix) that has a distance camera as
well as a document camera.


Cassie Kilroy Thompson
Disability Advising & Communications Specialist, Student Disability Services
*email*: mthomps2 at umbc.edu

*Office Phone*: 410-455-3248
*Office Location: Math/Psych Building, Room 230*

*Mailing address*:
1000 Hilltop Circle
SDS, 213 Math/Psych Building
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland 21250

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Adam Kosakowski <kosakowskia at wcsu.edu>

> Hello wise ATHEN-ers!


> We are looking into some sort of camera/webcam/portable magnifier that can

> project a professor’s notes from a white board to a computer screen where

> it could then be zoomed in as needed by a student with VI. Ideally this

> would be done in real time. If all classrooms had smartboards we’d be set,

> but, they don’t. So, I have been investigating:



> 1. A very expensive option, like the *Optelec ClearNote HD*

> <https://us.optelec.com/products/523000000v-optelec-clearnote.html>.

> 2. A *webcam*

> <http://www.conferenceroomsystems.com/huddlecamhd-3x-g2-p/hc3x-bk-g2.htm?gclid=CjwKEAiA3Ou1BRDso5XyhduuwFASJABP3PEDvITfJ-tgR1um8tKdcGpOOQh2hC4Y0vlTacK2cvuKXRoC6Ovw_wcB&click=2>

> with *hopefully* enough zoom. I’m sure I’d need a camera with optical

> zoom so the image will be clearer than digital zoom.

> 3. Or using screen sharing from a smartphone’s camera app to a

> computer. With this option I worry about battery life and needing to figure

> out installation with each and every individual phone.



> I’d love some ideas from others who have needed this sort of solution!


> Thanks!


> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

> Adam Kosakowski, M.Ed., ATACP

> Assistive Technology Specialist and Math Specialist, University Assistant

> AccessAbility Services

> Western Connecticut State University





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