Abby's 'home' Perkins Brailler is a Classic Perkins Brailler that has been through many users.(it could be many years old) We do not own its as it is on a long term loan from NHAIM which is part of the New Hampshire Department of Education.
|Abby's Classic Perkins Brailler|
|Perkins SMART Brailler|
So this was my first experiences using a next generation machine. One of the features that next generation braillers have is a eraser function. This caused a lot of excitement in the house. Abby didn't realize the next generation brailler at school had this same function.
|picture of the were the 'eraser' is on the SMART brailler.|
So I was playing around in the menus and noticed under apps it had the Building on Patterns–Kindergarten App. The app is only available on the American Printing House version of the SMART Brailler. I had a few questions about the app and I forward them to Perkins Products.
The Building on Patterns Kindergarten software will be included on units bought from APH. This APH version is not available for sale yet, but we expect it to be soon. SMART Braillers bought through Perkins do not have this software application included, but you will be able to purchase the software separately through Perkins Products and add it to your unit within the next few months. It will likely be around $199 to purchase the Building on Patterns Kindergarten software separately through Perkins Products. We are working on developing and offering additional software applications for children and adults, but they are not available just yet.
|Welcome screen of the Building on Patterns K app.|
I caught on pretty quick that I could use contractions.
My son Sam took a video of me using the app. The video also showed my goofiness.
Abby thinks the app is pretty cool too she just wishes it higher levels. While it was right at my level she is a much higher level of a user. (I am so proud of her)
Whats next with our SMART brailler adventure? Abby is taking it to school.
About the Perkins Smart Brailler: http://www.perkins.org/smartbrailler/
About the Backpacking SMART Brailler Event on Wonderbaby.org: http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/backpacking-smart-brailler-event