I work at a community college and am an experienced iDEVICE user. But I mostly use Netflix and Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. I read novels, create grocery lists, get driving or walking directions, search the web, read email and track my schedule.
When it's time to take notes in a meeting, I use my laptop, and my Vr Stream is my go-to device for learning Ally or bookshare daisy. I track my contacts, calendar and work responsibilities in Outlook.
But more and more of our students on fixed income have only their iPHONES as their access technology. I'm often at a loss helping them perform study-related tasks.
So I'd like to hear from blind students who use their iPHONES to get through school. I'm not so much interested in what apps you use as how you work with these apps.
For example, you get an assignment in class and have 45 minutes to read the essay and write a response. Do you ask the instructor to email it to you beforehand? Do you use KNFB reader to scan it? Do you use Pages, Microsoft Word, or AccessNote to write your essay? How do you get it back to the instructor? Do you have a portable printer you can use in class?
For a second example, you have a 1200-page textbook that, luckily you found on bookshare. But the instructor wants you to read page 38 in class, pages 64-92 tonight and you'll be tested on chapter 9 next week. The publisher-quality book has no page markup but it does have headings. How do you cope?
For my third example: you are expected to download and take notes on PDF handouts the instructor regularly posts on her site. They are reasonably accessible, but on my PC I'd pull up Adobe Reader to read and Notepad to write. You don't have a PC. Do you simply task switch between VoiceDream and the native notes app, or do you use iBooks and AccessNote. Isn't
it it tedious to constantly access the app switcher or do you find easier ways to both read and write?
For my next example, you don't know Braille because you lost your vision two years ago. But you are studying massage and have lots of anatomy terminology to memorize and spell correctly. How do you cope?
For my fifth example, you are learning Spanish. There are many assignments in both English and Spanish that you have to respond to. In fact you have an assignment every day. What apps do you use to complete this homework?
For my last example, you have a calendar for each of the seven classes you are taking and papers are due four times this semester in three of them. You also have labs in two classes weekly that require some research and field trips. How do you plan your time so you'll get everything done?
These are real-world problems my students ask about. Let's see if we can have a productive discussion about lectures, notes, textbooks, homework, research and preparing for exams. Remember you are on fixed income and just like there was no soup for Oliver Twist, there's no computer for you, until your good grades earn you a fat scholarship!