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Creating a Non-Visual Digital Map: Video Tutorial

Are you working with a student/client and want to create a customized non-visual digital map? Do you want to add just the information relevant for a specific O...
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Desmos Audio Tracing: Introducing Sonified Graphs

Digital math. (sigh) If you are a teacher of the visually impaired, your first experiences trying to teach math concepts with digital resources was probably...
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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Missing Accelerate Button: Non-Visual Digital Maps

Recently some SAS Graphics Accelerator users have lost the Accelerate Button on their Google map. (The Accelerate button is used to convert the Google map into...
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Virtual Learning Tips for Visually Impaired Learners

After several weeks of distance learning, I have made note of the things that can be done to enhance the learning experience for our students with visual...
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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Editing a Non-Visual Digital Map from the Map Library

You found a map in the new Map Library on Paths to Technology - but what if you want to make some changes to the map? The university maps are detailed; a...
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State Capitals Lesson: Non-Visual Digital Maps

Students typically learn the 50 state capitals as part of the 4th grade curriculum. This is a fun digital map lesson that can even be taught remotely!...
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John's O&M Lesson 1: Non-Visual Digital Maps for Elementary Student

When creating orientation and mobility lessons, O&Ms should carefully consider the goal(s) of each lesson and the current lesson. As an O&M, my mission...
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Non-Visual Digital Maps: Self-Voicing Feature

Do you have a student who visually struggles to see a map but does not use a screen reader? SAS Graphics Accelerator - a free Google extension for accessible...
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How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

This post was updated on July 3, 2020. Summary This post explains how to create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator: Maps Software Update

Creating and opening non-visual digital maps has never been easier! The June 22, 2020 user-friendly update has streamlined the process of creating maps and...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Building a Mental Map

Victor is a high school senior who will be attending Elon University for a week this summer for the Odyssey Scholars program and will start full time in the...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Maps: Student Uploading and Accessing Maps

In his post, How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps, Ed shared how to create accessible digital maps. In this...
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Zoom 101: Basic Steps for Using Zoom

In recent times, there has been a huge increase in the use of video conferencing software.  So many educators and other professionals have been required to...
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Webinar: Learn how to create accessible charts, graphs, and maps

Update: The recording of the webinar and the related resources are now available on the SAS website here. I’m a blind professional. I lost my vision about 15...
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Tech Lesson Week #1: Presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote)

This is a perfect time for students with visual impairments to learn and master new tech skills; having strong tech skills will have a significant, lasting...
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Virtual Instruction: Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Zoom is a leader in accessible video and audio conferencing. With school closures, educators are turning to Zoom as a means to provide virtual instruction....
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The Power of Spotlight Search

My academic high school student has been learning to use a MacBook Air with Voiceover (VO). She was initially introduced to the layout of the screen using a...
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Creating Videos with Visual Impairments

Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade,...
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Graphing for Blind Students Tutorial

Creating and using digital graphs is a challenge for many students with visual impairments. Traditionally, students have received graphs in a tactile format;...
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Introduction to VoiceOver on a Mac

There is a reason why teachers often begin building concepts by teaching terms/vocabulary.  Have you ever picked up a computer manual and felt like it was...
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Creating a Basic PowerPoint Presentation Step by Step

Creating a Basic PowerPoint Presentation Step by Step using JAWS: This step by step guide for creating a PowerPoint presentation is an actual recreation of...
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Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Deliver PowerPoint Presentations

Students - and adults - are frequently responsible for creating and presenting PowerPoint presentations. Microsoft has posted a new list of keyboard shortcut...
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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
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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...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Summary Page

Are you interested in learning about accessible digital charts and graphs? SAS Graphics Accelerator is a free Chrome extension that enables users to access...
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Getting Started with VoiceOver on the Mac: Menu Bar, Desktop, and Dock

Transitioning between operating systems is never easy, but transitioning between operating systems and accessibility software brings another layer of...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Seven

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Google Meet and Screen Share

Many school systems are going to G Suite for Education, which allow educators and students to collaborate using technology and share opportunities for learning...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...
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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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File Management Using "Save As"

Save As One of the most enduring issues teachers will likely encounter with BVI students regarding more advanced computer use is Windows file management. ...

Live Edits in Google Docs

Google Docs "live edits" - the ability to make real-time changes in a document by collaborators - is now accessible to users who rely on a screen reader (...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
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Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity

The year is 2029 and global warming disaster scenarios have become real - temperatures have increased drastically, glaciers have melted and sea levels have...
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Help! My Refreshabraille 18 is All Jumbled Up!

If you are a Refreshabraille 18 user, you may have, at some point or another, found that your device's braille display is all jumbled up!  My students have...
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Read Books from Bookshare in Apple Books

Bookshare, a huge resource for students who are visually impaired, is an accessible FREE online library for students with print disabilities. Recently,...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...

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