Thursday, January 6, 2011

December 2010 News

 Nov.22, 2010
20 trainees who had arrived to the Rehabilitation Training Center of the Blind for the 6-months Massage Training Courses from the provinces, were being taught how to use BookSense devices. 

 Nov.22, 2010
10 persons were trained in morning and 10 persons - in evening hours. So, the morning courses on the use of DAISY books and BookSense devices were conducted between 11:30 to 12:30 and 4:30 to 5:30 respectively.

 Nov.22-24, 2010
DAISY and BookSense classes were conducted earlier by request of 10 persons who had been trained at Massage Courses – from 11:30 instead of 4:30 because the streets fall in darkness quickly in winter.

 Classes were conducted by this schedule from November 25 through December 7, 2010

People were much active and though the devices descriptions were in English they did their best to learn quickly. They were especially grateful that the books were listened to as if reading the real books – from any page they wish to start.

These are very new devices and all the participants were to be introduced to the button schemes. Knowledge of numbers and teaching of some English was needed to help the readers to learn the instructions.

 from december,8,through december,17,2010 When teaching how to use DAISY books and BookSense devices, the computer and English training was also conducted to 10 persons from 2:00 to 3:00, at the Rehabilitation Training Center of the Blind.

When learning English and computers the readers were more enthusiastic in learning the new devices.

 Dec 8 to Dec 17, 2010
Started were classes on the use of DAISY books and BookSense devices at the Special Sekondary  School No 116 of visually impaired children.
7/ 30 Children of 8 and 9 grades were taken part in the classes. 8 children attended the classes at one time.

Children  were especially grateful as the history textbook and some fiction literature, included in the school program, had been recorded. The teachers were also glad to know that these books had appeared in a digital format as in last 20 years only printed forms were available.

The main problem is the lack of elementary English which should be further taken into account.

 Dec 11, 2010
From 12:00 to 4:00 DAISY Expert Tsengel and librarian Oyunbayar addended classes organized by the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind on the management of event designated for the people with visadual disabilities.

 Dec 13, 2010
In the framework of the project, the DAISY Talking Book Center in cooperation with the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind started a Volunters Program on reading the books in DAISY format. The announcement on selecting the volunter readers was made from Dec 13 to 18, 2010, on Internet and through the FM run by the MNFB.

 Dec 18, 2010
13 persons have come to take part in the selection contest to become a volunteer reader. The exams were conducted from 11:00 to 5:00. They were to read and make 7 minute recording from 2 kinds of books.

 Dec 21, 2010
At noon 10 persons were selected and they were instructed how to continue in reading DAISY books.

 Nov 29, 2010
-     The 2nd  volume of the Mongolian Classics and the historic epic “Jangar” were added to the 10 books and the total number of DAISY books has become 12.
-     12 books were copied to all 39 BookSense devices
-     1 BookSense is awaited for replacement (not yet received from the manufacturer)

 Nov 22, 2010
10 BookSense devices are used at the the Rehabilitation Training Center of the Blind to provide training to 20 Massage Training Course persons on the use of BookSense devices and for teaching English and computer programs to 10 persons

 Dec 3, 2010
In the morning, 4 Booksense devices and 12 books were handed over to the Project Team Coordinator Ch.Altantsetseg.

 Dec 3, 2010
7 BookSense devices are used in the educational process at the Special School 116 by organizing  the Moving Library mechanism.

One BookSense device is used at the DAISY STUDIO.

Dec 12, 2010
Preparation of the broken BookSense devices for delivery

 Dec 13, 2010
Delivering to the manufacturer in South Korea

Public Opinion Poll

1.   What is importance of the DAISY service to your mind?

2.   What could be done to improve the DAISY services?

3.   What was the most impressive thing from the time when the project has started?

4.   What was the sudden and unexpected thing during the implementation period?

5.   What are your colleagues saying about?

6.   Are they satisfied with DAISY services?

To compile all the answers received, it is possible to note that the DAISY services were received with great enthusiasm, they brought a light to the minds and hope for the vivid improvement of the educational status to the visually impaired and blind persons.

People were glad to know that there exists a technology which makes it possible to listen to the book as if it is read – stopped and started from and at any place or page. The availability of the classics, history and other textbooks, massage manuals and advices on different subjects were welcomed by the readers as an important start up.

As regards the devices, many were impressed with the DAISY equipment because it is much different from just audio devices. They noted that thanks to the project the librarians got acquainted with the modern technology and they would try applying for the procurement to the province and other libraries.

Among the wishes on what to be done for the improvement of services, the suggestion was made to increase the number of voices that are listened at different books. More interesting would be if each book to be read by several readers simultaneously.


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