Apple iOS Training Bundle
The 2017 revised Apple® iOS Training Bundle, developed by the Freedom Scientific Training Department, contains over 12 hours of high-quality one-on-one iOS and VoiceOver training. Learn to use VoiceOver to gain complete control over your iOS device. The training was produced in audio format and uses the DAISY standard, which allows for easy navigation and bookmarking of the training material. It ships on an SD card along with a PLEXTALK® portable DAISY book player.
Apple iOS Training Bundle Links
- Apple iOS Training Bundle accessible PDF detailed outline
- Sample audio - Learn how to connect a Focus Blue refreshable Braille display to an iOS device (9-minute MP3 file)
The Apple iOS Training Bundle is designed to be a starting place for both new VoiceOver users and those who need refresher training. It is self-paced and can be completed in a time frame based on user needs. It is designed to bring users to a baseline of skills using common apps such as Safari®, Mail, Messages, Phone, App Store, and more. Once these baseline skills have been achieved, additional one-on-one or center-based training may be appropriate based on the individual goals of the user.
General progression of the training
The training starts with an introduction to touch-screen devices, including basic navigation gestures and setting up an iOS device for the first time. This is followed by modules on navigating the Home screen, opening and closing apps, and making and receiving phone calls with an iPhone®. It then progresses to lessons for specific apps, including:
- VoiceOver and iOS settings
- Using Siri®
- Using iCloud and iTunes®
- Using a traditional Bluetooth® keyboard or refreshable Braille display
- Music, iTunes, and the App Store
- Using built-in apps like Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Mail, and Safari
Advantages of the DAISY standard
DAISY, or Digital Accessible Information System, is a standard that allows books to be created that contain built-in navigation features. Specifically, the Apple iOS Training Bundle uses structured headings that allow users to quickly move from one topic to another by the press of a single button on the DAISY player. Users can also add bookmarks so they can quickly return to a specific spot in the training.
Using the training on a hardware DAISY player, such as the PLEXTALK Pocket or Victor Reader Stream, allows the user to conduct the training while away from the computer. This allows the user to focus on the computer to do training exercises while using an easy-to-manage handheld player to navigate the training material.
Pricing and format
The Apple iOS Training Bundle is provided on a 2GB SD card installed on the PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY player. The cost is $599.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much training is provided?
A: The training is about ten and a half hours in length.
Q: Why was the training produced using the DAISY format?
A: DAISY provides a very efficient and easy way for users to navigate the audio training. With over 10 hours of training, it is important that users be able to quickly jump from one section to another as well as place bookmarks to allow for easy return to specific sections.
Q: Will this training work for someone who is new to using the VoiceOver on a touch screen device like an iPad® or iPhone®?
A: Yes! The training starts with the very basics of using a touch screen iOS device and then progresses through topics that build on one another to provide a solid foundation of skills needed for using an iOS device as well as VoiceOver. The goal is to take someone from a very beginner level and progress them forward to a much higher skill set.
Q: Will this training be beneficial for someone who already knows the fundamentals of VoiceOver and iOS?
A: Yes! While the training starts with the very basics, it also includes many topics that would be considered to be at a more intermediate or advanced level. The great thing is that the user can easily skip over sections they are already familiar with.
Q: How can I purchase the Apple iOS Training Bundle?
A: The training bundle can be purchased directly from the Freedom Scientific website or by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-444-4443. It may also be purchased from one of our many dealers located across the country.