[Athen] Note taking assistance for a student who is blind

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Fri Mar 1 09:51:21 PST 2019

The Pen Friend is I believe for scanning bar codes and QR codes.

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Sonocent is not fully screen reader accessible but I don't know about using it with a Braille display

There is a similar device to Livescribe with audio prompts. It's called Pen friend I think. Look at maxi aids

Alice D. Wershing, M.Ed., A.T.P., C.P.A.C.C.
Disability Services, Technology Specialist
TNecampus Accessibility Specialist
Pellissippi State Technical Community College
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Note taking assistance for a student who is blind


Wouldn't Sonocent make more sense? He can tap where he wants to make an audio marker so the recording will skip back to that part. He can take braille notes on his own, or type notes on his laptop for the written portion. It would be a two-part review in either case, but IMHO, Sonocent for keeping track of audio markers + his own set of written notes make more sense to me.

I wonder if there is something more seamless on the Mac system?

Wink Harner

Wink Harner
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The Foreign Type
Portland OR
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On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 1:25 PM Kluesner, Bryon <Bryon-Kluesner at utc.edu<mailto:Bryon-Kluesner at utc.edu>> wrote:

Hi all,

I was speaking to a student who was blind about a Live Scribe workshop I was preparing for. He stated he would like to use one. I tried to explain the visual component of it and asked if a student used one in class to take notes for him, how would he know where on the page to tap for the pen to initiate the audio? I asked why he didn't like to use a digital recorder and he stated listening to it was like listening to the class twice and the recorder, he stated, would help go to the parts in the lecture he wanted to listen to faster. I am having a hard time with the concept of a student who is blind and the benefits for using a Live Scribe pen.

Has anyone else faced this issue? Is there any other technology that would, in essence, function similarly to the Live Scribe that would be helpful for the student?

As always, I appreciate the feedback I get from this list.

Have a nice week.


Bryon Kluesner, RhD

Adaptive Technology Coordinator

Disability Resource Center

Adjunct Professor

College of Health, Education & Professional Studies

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