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Halloween Suduko Puzzle: Grids and Tables

Sudoku is a fun puzzle that lets kids use their logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Sudoku puzzles are traditionally numbers; however, any pictures or words can be turned into Sudoku...

Reading Fluency Activities: Elementary Students

Reading fluency is the ability to read “like you speak”. There are three aspects to fluent reading: Accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate with appropriate expression. Non-fluent...

Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Digital Creative Writing

Crisp, cool weather means colorful leaves, hay rides, and pumpkins! Classrooms are decorated with spider webs, pumpkins and corn stalks. These fall themes can easily be incorporated into fun writing...

Blindfold Sea Battle: Accessible iOS Battleship Game that Reinforces Grid Concepts

After I built Blindfold 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, several teachers of visually impaired students wanted more games to improve grid navigation skills. One person suggested the game Battleship, which is played...

Editing Worksheets on the Ipad: an App Review

Your student’s classroom teacher is handing out a worksheet, and the print is too small for your student to read.  This is a scenario many TSVIs have experienced.  As TSVIs we know of many ways to...

Why Every Student Needs Microsoft Office Lens

I was getting ready to complete an assignment the other day, and discovered that I couldn't see the copy that was provided for me. My professor started to panic and wonder what to do. Luckily, I was...

Blindfold Hopper: Description of the iOS Game

Blindfold Hopper is an fully accessible audio game that’s a similar to the old video game Frogger. We created it a few years ago, and it continues to be a favorite of many. In the game, you are a...

Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the source information and make sure to...

Screen Sharing with Mikogo

Screen sharing is a well known feature in the world of technology.  It is used for presentations, remote PC repair, etc. One application that is relevant in the world of visual impairments is sharing...
Cartoon man walking confidently with a long cane.

Blinded Guide: an Accessible PC Game

Blind Bob wants to go for a walk around his busy neighborhood; however, there are all kinds of hazards along the way. Listen carefully to guide Bob around  poles, open manhole covers, trees, and...

Book Creator App to iBooks

The Book Creator app is one of my favorite apps to use for students of all developmental levels with Visual Impairments. For students with visual impairments who are integrated into the general...

Blindfold Spin and Solve: iOS Game

Blindfold Spin and Solve is a fully accessible braille version of the Wheel of Fortune game. The object of the game is to identify the phrase by guessing letters and contractions used in the phrase....

Giving Back: Using Assistive Technology to Volunteer and Help Others

When I was growing up, I was always afraid of being “that friend”... You know, “that friend” who is always asking for something but is never around when you need them? “That friend” who, whether by...

Blindfold Bop Game: Teach VoiceOver Gestures

In many schools for the blind, you’ll often find the Bop-It toy out on a table, or in a closet. The Bop-It toy is an audio game where you follow the commands spoken by the toy – such as pulling a...

Digital Transitions #4: Bar Charts (Fall Leaf Activity)

All students initially learn best through hands-on activities. Go into any early elementary classroom and observe students during math class using counting blocks and other manipulatives.  Students...
A family on a gondolla ride in Italy. Tell a story through the picture and slide show app Pictello.

Accessible iPad Apps: Eric Jerman

If you visit Apple.com and navigate to the section on iPad apps, you’ll land on a page that says “Over 140,000 apps for iPad;” its smaller cousin, the iPhone, hosts over 500,000 of these applications...

Gmail Inbox Filters/Folders

One thing that some busy teachers that I encounter say most often is that they didn’t get or see an email that was sent to them.  There could be two culprits.  The first is that teacher simply didn’t...
Screenshot from Google Classroom & JAWS introduction video with an animated instructor standing in front of a white board.

TSBVI's Google Classroom and JAWS Video Tutorials

TSBVI's Short-Term Programs offer technology courses to students through short-term classes and through distance learning classes. What about students who do not live in Texas?  No problem!  The...

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their students be successful. The first blog...
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Apple's Videos about iOS 11

In preparation for the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple has created a series of videos introducing new iOS 11 features.   The Dock has new features including the ability to quickly access recenty...

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