Virtual Instruction: O&M

Educators are being asked to prepare lesson plans for virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus threat. Yesterday, entire states have been proactive and have closed K-12 schools and most universities have moved to virtual classes/instruction. So, how do O&Ms handle virtual instruction?

Apps for Older Students 

Note: If the student does not have a smart phone, arrange to use a family member's smart phone or iPad.

There are numerous posts about O&M apps, activities and related topics on the O&M section of Paths to Technology.

  • Pre-plan routes: Ask the student to use a smartphone to plan a route (can include public transportation options, etc)
  • Provide specific questions about an O&M related app for the student to research and explore: How would you use (name app) when riding a new bus route?
  • Have the student determine specific routes using tech then be able to give verbal directions to a driver. (Route from school or other community location to student’s home). Be sure to include landmarks! Allow the student to ask family or friends about important landmarks along the way.
  • Explore various transportation apps, such as Lyft, Uber, taxi, and bus apps Ride Sharing Apps: Uber and Lyft
  • Explore and compare navigation apps such as BlindSquare,  . . .
    • Pick one navigation app and explore all the features of this app. Be sure to read the Help Manual and share three things that you learned about the app!
  • Use and compare apps such as TapTapSee, Microsoft Seeing AI, Be My Eyes. Explore different features and determine which feature/app provides information that is most helpful for specific tasks
  • Practice scanning bar codes - learn where bar codes are typically located on boxes, cans, cartons, etc.
  • Practice OCR scanning - scan and read documents, menus, directories, mail, receipts, bills, etc. (O&M may want to send a packet of documents to be scanned)
  • Annotated Map - Low vision student can explore and learn about his/her community, mall, college campus, or store layout. (O&M should annotate fire escape maps or street maps and share with student) Creating Low Vision Maps: SAS Gloss App
  • Low vision students can use and compare all the zoom and magnification options on a smart phone. Which option works best for a specific task for you and why?
  • Explore online banking options, including options such as storing credit card information in the Wallet on an Apple phone (or Google equivalant), using Apple Pay, etc. What are the pros and cons?
  • Have the student create and organize a digital file about routes he has learned in O&M lessons (can be school routes, community routes, or routes inside businesses). This is a critical skill for learning university campuses and future job sites when students may not have access to or limited access to an O&M.
  • Ask students to create O&M related materials (such as ePub books or Youtube videos) for younger O&M students that can be shared on Paths to Technology
    • ​Topics might be on a specific cane technique, street crossing information, human guide, information, comparing cane tips, about what is found in various stores, layout of a grocery store, bank, etc. O&M trip to a bank, fast food, dentist office, etc. tips on riding an escalator, using Uber, asking for assistance in a store, the list is never ending!

Apps for Younger Students

O&M-related Resources

Additional Resources

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