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Workshop: How to Make Printed Math Documents Accessible with Infty Software

Workshop leaders: Masakazu Suzuki and Katsuhito Yamaguchi, Japan.

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Workshop: R

Workshop leader: Jonathan Godfrey

R is one of the world's fastest developing open-source projects today. It is statistical software that is widely used in academic institutions, industry, and research facilities. Because R is free, it has become an important resource for many statisticians in the developing world in particular. All the common activities of the modern statistician are possible within R, such as data manipulation, calculation and graphical display.

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Workshop: Jaws Logger Pro

Workshop leader: Cary Supalo (Purdue University, USA)

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Workshop: Solving Mathematical Problems with MuPAD

Workshop leader: Bernhard Stöger (University of Linz, Austria)

What is a Computer Algebra System?

A computer algebra system is a program that carries out mathematical calculations for you. But, unlike a calculator program such as Windows Calc or Excel, computer algebra systems are able to calculate not only with numbers, but also with variables. This capability lets you simplify complex mathematical expressions, but also solve equations in which variable symbols occur.

What is MuPAD?

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Workshop: LaTeX

Workshop leader: Michael Whapples

LaTeX is a widely used typesetting language for producing mathematical materials. Due to LaTeX being written in a plain text format, it is seen that LaTeX is a good way for visually impaired people to handle mathematical documents.

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Workshop: TeXnic center

Workshop leader: Gerhard Jaworek (SZS, Germany)

LaTeX as a world wide used plain text math coding and typesetting language is very popular amongst blind mathematicians and physicists in educational and professional contexts. Nevertheless: Writing complex LaTeX documents completely by hand is not only a very time consuming job but also a source of unneccessary errors about which the compiler will complain.

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Workshop: Adapting mathematical tests for visually impaired in higher education - daily practice

Workshop Leaders: Petr Cervenka, Lukas Masilko and Ondrej Necas
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 3 hours (1 session)
Target group: teachers, consultants, etc.

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The common situation from integrated courses will be simulated in this workshop: a need to adapt an assignment of a mathematical test for a group of visually impaired students. Several types of tasks (arithmetic, geometry, symbolic, etc.) will be introduced and one solution based on the experience of the Centre at Masaryk University will be presented.

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Workshop: Tactile Math Function Graph Perception

Workshop Leaders: Petr Cervenka, Lukas Masilko, Ondrej Necas
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 3 hours (1 session)
Target group: blind students (maximally 8)

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  1. Short introduction of technologies for preparing tactile graphics including demonstrations
  2. Demonstration of basic mathematical functions and their shapes
  3. Determination of functions from the tactile graphs
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SU 2011: Technical services

The most easy and successful way to get oriented in applications presented within workshops and to learn methods how to use them the most accessibly, is certainly to use them in a familiar environment. That is why participants of the Summer University are welcome to bring their own laptop, and braille displays if used. Except workshop leaders there will be experienced technicians available helping you with installation of technology.

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SU 2011: Venue

The Summer University 2011 will take place in venue of the University Centre Telč - premises of Masaryk University. The venue is located in city of Telč and resides in a historic complex formerly occupied by the Jesuit College. It has been generally reconstructed and reopened this year and it offers newly renovated lecture rooms, classrooms, offices, as well as canteen, café and accommodation facilities together in one complex of buildings.

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