GTT Edmonton: Summary Notes, Chromecast Device and Typeability Software, September 12, 2016

Summary Notes
GTT Edmonton Meeting September 12, 2016

The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held September 12 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
19 people attended.

2017 Membership Dues
Thank you to those who paid their CCB 2017 membership. Membership of $10 will continue to be collected in the October and November meetings. We would appreciate if new or existing members can pay in the next 2 meetings.

September Feature Topic – Chromecast Device and Typeability Software

Steve Cardy demonstrated his Chromecast
What is Chromecast?
• Chromecast is a media streaming device for your digital TV.
• Chromecast is a competing product to the Apple TV.
• It is a wifi enabled device that is oval shaped about 2 inches in diameter and a quarter inch thick. It has a 3 inch pigtail cable to attach to the HDMI port of your TV.
• It allows your TV to be connected to your home network router so that any other device that is also connected to your router will be able to transmit video and audio to your TV.
• Chromecast is controlled by the device you are using to transmit video/audio content. Thus it is as accessible as the device you choose to control it. That device can be your iPhone, Android or iOS tablet, PC or MAC. For a PC you need to install the Google Chrome browser. For iOS or Android you need to install the Chromecast app which is accessible.
• You find the desired content on your tablet, phone, computer, or Internet (e.g. YouTube videos, Netflix, music, pictures) that you wish to watch on your TV and then use the relevant Chromecast app to send that content to the TV.
• Cost is $45 considerably less than Apple TV
• Available from electronic stores such as Best Buy or Amazon.
• For more Information:

Steve Cardy is happy to answer any questions. You may email him at:

Typeability Software from Freedom Scientific
• Lorne demonstrated the Typeability software program that can be purchased and installed on your Windows PC.
• This program works only with JAWS screen reader or Magic screen magnification both from Freedom Scientific.
• It has 99 self-paced lessons to teach touch typing and other basic computer skills essential for blind and low vision learners to master.
• It is very interactive coaching and prompting you through each progressive lesson
• As well as teaching typing it instructs on other basic computer skills such as filling out forms and navigating windows dialogs using the keyboard instead of the mouse.
• IT has built-in tests for measuring typing accuracy and speed.
• IT is ideal for those who are new to computers or those who have deteriorating vision that requires transitioning to the JAWS talking screen reader.
• Cost is about $120.
• For more information:

Next Meeting (Monday October 10 at 7pm)
This will be a meeting completely devoted to you and your questions. Discussions on anything and everything for example: JAWS, Zoomtext, iPhone, library, talking book players etc.
• Send your meeting topic ideas to
• As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.

Meeting Location and Logistics
• Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
• We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
• Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Meetings are every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
• If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.

GTT Edmonton Team
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
• Gerry Chevalier is blind. He is retired from HumanWare where he worked as the Product Manager for the Victor Reader line of talking book players.
• Heather MacDonald is a career and employment specialist with extensive experience helping blind and visually impaired people find employment.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
• Lorne Webber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.

GTT Edmonton Overview
• GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
• Each meeting will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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