BEST Professional Development
The Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers (BEST) Grant is a statewide project of professional development and technical assistance dedicated to braille literacy, braille instruction, braille materials, and braille technology in Ohio schools.
Registration is free, however, attendees must register in advance. The following events have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No 'walk in' entry is available.
Using the BrailleNote Touch with Google Classroom
March 21st, 2019 - The 4 hour professional development session will be a hands-on workshop, intended to increase skills in Google Classroom using the BrailleNote Touch.
Braille Formats Including Nemeth Code in the UEB Context
March 15, 2019 - A one-day, hands-on inservice for educators and support staff to focus on structure and formatting of braille materials for use in the school setting.
2019 Paraprofessional Instructional Support Techniques: Supporting Students Who are Braille Users
Feb. 22, 2019 - Instructional supports and techniques for paraprofessional working with students who are braille users.
JAWS / FOCUS / ElBraille Training
Feb. 14, 2019 - Designed to introduce key functionality of JAWS screen reading software, FOCUS Braille display techniques with JAWS and the ElBraille portable Braille computer.
2019 Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print
Jan. 24-25, 2019 - Comprehensive training on a collection of templates and macros for Microsoft Word for producing large print for paper or electronic devices such as iPads or computers.
2018 BEST - MathType Software Training
November 1, 2018. Learn MathType with the BANA template and Microsoft Word to prepare math documents for your students who use braille.
2018 - Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software Trainings
Learning how to translate text to braille with an initial 2-day DBT training in Oct. 2018 preceded by follow-up trainings in March 2019.
2018 Scanning for Braille, Large Print and Audio
September 6 - 7, 2018 - Through discussion and demonstration, learn how to prepare files for scanning to produce braille and large print with OCR software.
Summer Braille Courses
The BEST Summer Institute 2019 offers four braille courses that follow the braille courses provided by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Library of Congress. The goal of the BEST grant is to provide participants with a foundation to complete the NLS courses, learn Unified English Braille (UEB), and continue on to become a certified transcriber.
June 10 - 13, 2019 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic braille skills using a Perkins brailler.
June 25 - 28, 2018 - A 4-day intensive course designed to teach basic Nemeth code for K-8 math and science notation.
June 18 - July 9, 2018 - An intensive braille course, designed for educators who need advanced instruction in braille.