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Supporting Accessibility Through Audio


Abi James' Presentation on Audio Notetaker and Olympus Recorders and How they can be used to support disabled students

Abi James' Presentation on Audio Notetaker and Olympus Recorders and How they can be used to support disabled students

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  • Audio Notetaker was launched summer of 2007 with v2 available from summer 2009.A tool to help get the most out of audio
  • Plugs in portable device and transfer to Audio NotetakerExplains that Audio Notetaker tries to support students with organising recordings. In portable device view it tries to re-enforce students copying all files off recorder. Copied into a default recordings folder.Copy across a few filesManage > Audio Files. Explain that Audio Notetaker logs where are audio files are that are accessed with it so it displays any compatible audio in those folders (can change search folders, F6)Show sorting by day – makes it easier to find recordings you always make on the same day – e.g. LectureColour coding indicates whether they are used in an audio Notetaker file or haven’t been imported.Use Play to listen, double click to ImportExplain audio analysis and interface as audio imports.Add sections, explain about index marksAdd text and annotate, delete and re-organise audioSave fileShow All Audio Notes ManagerNew file, import slideshowDrop and drag audio file into it from digital recorder or folder Add sections etc. & Add meta dataReview in Full screen modeExport textExport AudioNew file & Import slide showLive recordingSearch text of notes tool


  • 1. Notetaking Assistive Technology:Audio Notetaker and Olympus
    Supporting Accessibility Through Audio
    Abi James
  • 2. Audio can enhance learning by engaging learners and supporting poor readers.
    Use audio to support note-taking in lectures, seminars and whilst working
    Listen and annotate audio recordings, podcasts, audio books etc
    Organise and manage audio files
    Record personal notes and dictations
    Review slidesnotes & audio in one application, then share with others
  • 3. Who’s recording?
    Many disabled students:
    dyslexic students with poor auditory processing makes note-taking difficult
    Physical impairment of note-taking e.g. dyspraxia, RSI
    visually impaired students
    And many other groups…
    Usually by individual students as college/tutor led recording is rare in UK although podcasting becoming more common
  • 4. Audio Recording has moved on…
  • 5. Sonocent Audio Notetaker:
    Visualise, annotate and engage with your notes
  • 6. Audio Notetaker enables students to interact with audio as if it were text
    Audio can be represented like blocks of text
  • 7. The Sonocent Audio Notetaker Concept
    Audio can be manipulated like text...
    ...cut, copy, paste
    ... formatted
  • 8. How does Audio Notetaker work?
    pause in speech
    Audio Notetaker analyses a digital recording and identifies where the speaker pauses, then represents this visually.
  • 9. What does Audio Notetaker help students do?
    Manage and organise their recordings
    Review notes alongside slides and visual information
    Annotate audio recordings with colour, notes and images
    Edit and export audio, including Podcasts to MP3 player, CDs etc
    Support revision and research by easier access to notes and recordings
  • 10. Remember: Good notes are not a verbatim version of the speaker.
    The student learns by interpreting what they have heard and putting it into their own words…. even if that is just a few key words to jog their memory
  • 11. Audio Notetaker v2 demo
  • 12. Sonocent Rich Audio Viewer
    Share Audio Notetaker files for free.
    Easily distribute notes and recordings to peers and colleagues
    Where appropriate, Audio Notetaker files can be submitted as coursework or evidence of ability
    Audio Notetaker files can be used as an alternative format for podcasting, to benefit from Audio Notetaker’s easy navigation and flexible interface
  • 13.
  • 14. Audio Notetaker feedback…
    “A fantastic program - so easy to use. An absolute must for anyone using dictation.”
    “Very impressed with it actually! It will be great for visual students who have dyslexia!”
    “The visual aspects made the recording a lot easier to follow!”
  • 15. Users really found it useful to...
    “be able to save and print notes to/from word document”
    “saves names of modules and lecturers”
    “write notes next to dictation”
    “being able to mark and highlight key points, able to save key points separately”
    “being able to split sections up and make notes or even just a heading to a particular subject”
  • 16. Olympus Assistive Technology
    The new DM-5 recorder and organiser
  • 17. Olympus DM-5 key features
    • Voice Command recognition for menu navigation
    • 18. Improved voice feedback of all functions in the menu
    • 19. Daisy Playback & Audio Book Support
    Text to Speech - upload text files for verbal playback
  • 20. Olympus DM-5 more key features
    • 5 Folders with up to 199 files each
    • 21. Records in WMA/MP3/PCM
    • 22. Increased 8GB memory size & up to 16GB external micro SD
    • 23. over 2000 minutes recording time
    • 24. Schedule/Calendar
    • 25. use simple voice commands to add calendar entries, to do lists etc.
    • 26. Can link photos, images and key words to file
  • More information
    Free 30 day trial:
    Please contact your iansyst account manager if you would like to find out more about Audio Notetaker or receive the latest version
    Abi James
    Tel: 01223 420101
  • 27. Contact details:
    Abi James
    iansyst Ltd
    Fen House
    Fen Road
    CB4 1UN
    Tel: 01223 420101