[Athen] Capturing Information on a Board
wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Wed Feb 20 20:03:37 PST 2008
Did you try saving anything as MHTML and trying it with MathType/MathTalk?
>-- Original Message --
>Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:00:19 -0800
>To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>
>From: Shelley Haven <rmhaven at stanford.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Athen] Capturing Information on a Board
>Reply-To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>
>To augment Wink's comments and address E.A.'s queries, mimio
>handwriting recognition (Windows version only) is "adequate" but will
>undoubtedly require editing just like any alt-formatted material.
>(Most people don't write as legibly on a board as they do on paper.)
>You can grab the material in real-time and select "Recognize Ink" to
>immediately change the display, convert ink to text after the fact on
>a saved board, or add text to a saved board with a typed annotation
>(just like adding a text box).
>In addition to JPEG, PNG, HTML and several other formats, these mimio
>boards can be saved directly as PDF files to the connected computer
>-- no conversion necessary. If the monitor for that "connected
>computer" happens to be an LCD projector, and the image is projected
>back to the whiteboard, you have the equivalent of a SmartBoard
>interactive whiteboard. So you can project PowerPoint slides or a
>webpage, annotate with mimio, then save the results as a PDF.
>I just tried this with my personal mimio and used both Kurzweil and
>WYNN to scan and OCR the saved PDF. As you might expect, the results
>depend a lot on the source material and the resolution (I'm not sure
>about mimio's maximum resolution). A colorful webpage with
>less-than-ideal contrasts, lots of fonts, and inverted text produces
>less than satisfactory results. A PowerPoint with consistent (and
>larger) fonts might work OK.
>As for math...mimio won't convert equations satisfactorily.
>Hope this helps (or at least gets the wheels turning!).
>- Shelley Haven
>>Thanks for the good wishes, E. I tore a tendon in my knee (driving knee
>>less!) and had it repaired last week. It's well on the way to mending.
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>>-- 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
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