Lessons and materials

Braille Note Taker Curriculum

Curriculum with lesson plans for braille note takers, such as the Braille Note Apex and Braille Sense

Assistive Technology Specialists Stephanie Herlich and Yurika Vu from California School for the Blind have developed a curriculum for the Braille Note, with lesson plans and “how to” guides.  They have included both the google doc format and a Word format for downloading. The “lesson plans” include Common Core and ECC Standards. Within the lessons are all of the “how to” documents needed. In the near future they will have both Braille Note Apex documents and parallel Braille Sense documents.  The curriculum is in process and they are continually adding more.   The list below is a partial table of contents, but it will be worth checking back again to see what else has been added.  Stephanie and Yurika also ask people to let them know if any errors are found.

Braille Note Taker Lesson Plans and How to Guides

  1. Braille Note Apex — “How-To” Documents

  • Attachments with keymail
  • Basic BrailleNote Navigation
  • BrailleNote as Display
  • Connecting to a visual display
  • Converting File Format
  • Creating a KeyWord document
  • Creating a New Folder
  • Creating and Managing Contacts
  • Downloading Bookshare Books
  • File Management
  • Finding a MAC address
  • Formatting
  • General Settings and Reset
  • Gmail on the Internet
  • KeyMail send and receive
  • KeyMail set-up
  • Keysoft Update
  • Opening a KeyWord document
  • Printing & embossing
  • Spell Check
  • Transferring files to or from external drive
  • visual display-VCN
  • Wireless connection


  1. Braille Note Apex — “How-To” Videos

  • File Management
  • Additional videos coming soon!


  1. Braille Note Apex Lesson Plans

  • Creating a journal
  • Effective email communication
  • How to download and manage books (Bookshare)
  • Planning a Party/Event


  1. Braille Sense 
They have generously agreed to share the files they have created on Google Drive.
Collage of curriculum for braille note taker