Braille Learning Resources and Podcast

Check out the great braille learning resources the library offers and our Braille Bits podcast!

Code Master

The Code Master Adult Braille Learning System is designed to help teens and adults who are blind or have low vision to learn braille and use it in their daily lives. Code Master breaks the learning of the braille code down into two parts: learning the code and developing the sense of touch needed to read braille tactilely.  Contact the library for more information about Code Master.

Braille Bits Online Course

We will be offering an online Braille Bits course starting on October 30, 2020 at 4:00pm. Braille Bits is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. Participants are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille and vocalization of dot positions to instill a better understanding of the braille code. This is an experience geared towards understanding the mechanics of braille without developing the skill to read braille code tactilely and instead focusing on reading visually.  Not only does this course offer a bite size sampling of Braille but you will partner up with a Certified Braillist who will mentor you through, bit by bit. If you are interesting in attending this virtual class, please contact Denise Bean to sign up.

  • Start Date: 10/30/2020
  • Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Course Goal: Certificate of the Braille Bits Course Completion, 25 Hours of Training

Denise Bean Certified Braille Transcriber
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
(515)452-1338

Braille Bits Podcast

The Braille Bits Podcast corresponds with each Braille Bits lesson.  It features each Braille Bits Lesson and an interview with a special guest to discuss all things braille.  Check out the Braille Bits Lessons and Braille Bits Podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Library Chat Podcast

The Library is excited to announce a new podcast starting this month called Library Chat. This will be in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.

The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture. If you would like listen to the podcast discussed this month, you can listen to Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? here.

Just in case your missed our Podcasts 101 Webinar we have posted it to our YouTube channel.  During the webinar library staff discuss what is a podcast, how do you listen to a podcast, where do you find them and what do our library podcasts have to offer.

 

Podcast 101 and Library Chat

What is a podcast? How do you listen to a podcast? Where do you find podcasts to listen to?

Join us for our Podcast 101 Webinar on Wednesday, October 7th at 10:00am and have your questions answered as we discuss how to find and listen to podcasts and learn about the podcasts that are being created by our library. Contact the library at library@blind.state.ia.us or 515-281-1323 for information on how to attend the webinar.

The Library is excited to announce a new podcast of our own coming in October called Library Chat. This will be in addition to our monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.

The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture. If you would like listen to the podcast discussed this month, you can listen to Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? here.

New Braille Bits Podcast

Join us for a great conversation as Denise talks to a very special guest, Leland Smith, Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher for the Iowa Department for the Blind.  They will also review Braille Bits Lesson 15.

What is Braille Bits did you ask? Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework and a podcast. Did we mention a Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast

Braille Bits Lessons and Podcast

What is Braille Bits did you ask? Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework and a podcast. Did we mention a Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast

Here is our latest Braille Bits Podcast

Join us for a great conversation as Denise talks to a very special guest, Helen Stevens, Education and Training Director for the Iowa Department for the Blind.  They will also review Braille Bits Lesson 14.

Did someone say BRAILLE BITS?

What is Braille Bits did you ask? No worries, I would be happy to shed light on this question. Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework and a podcast. Did I mention Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

What a thrill it is that this wonderful resource is made available. In addition to this, you are also supported by a mentor to see you through! By completing all 21 Braille Bits Lessons, you will receive an official Braille Bits Certificate of Completion just to say you did it!

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast

Denise Bean
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us

(515)452-1338