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"Dictionary" Skills and Tech

Are you teaching dictionary skills to your students? In third grade, the Common Core dictates that students learn to use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,...
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 2

This is the second post in a series about Braille Boom Cards. The first post, Braille Boom Cards, included three Braille Boom Decks – World Braille Day Boom...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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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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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
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TBSVI Short-Term Programs Class Videos

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a leader in our field. For many years, the TSBVI Short-Term Programs (STP) has excelled in teaching...
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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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Virtual Instruction: Accessibyte Apps

Accessibyte Online is a series of accessible educational games designed specifically for students who are visually impaired or blind. Accessibyte is compatible...
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Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity

All students need to learn to use commas and have opportunities to practice using commas. Quite often braille students who are pulled out for language arts,...
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Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
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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...

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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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Three

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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

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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Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired Student to Type?

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Strategies for Teaching Touch Typing to Students with Visual Impairments...
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Typio's fun winter-themed update!

Typio by Accessibyte is a fully accessible typing tutor which guides students through the whole keyboard. Students can learn from the 45 included lessons, or...
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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...
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Braille Me: new refreshable braille display

The Braille Me is a new smart braille display by Innovision Tech. This refreshable braille display is a 6-dot, 20-cell display with a Perkins style keyboard...
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Using Technology to Access the Song "Here Comes the Sun"

The first evening of summer, the song “Here Comes the Sun” popped into my head, as I reflected over the school year and the progress one of my student’s has...
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SoftSchools: Free online games, worksheets and quizzes

SoftSchools.com provides free online games, worksheets and quizzes on a variety of topics, all organized by grade level. SoftSchools Topics  Math Math...
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10 Awesome and Surprising Ways You can Use Google Docs in the Classroom

Google Docs is a powerful tool which is being used in numerous classrooms across the country. We Are Teachers shared a great article about beneficial Google...
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Typio Online: A Web Based Self Voicing Typing Program

In a previous post, I shared five typing programs that could be used to teach blind and low vision students touch typing skills.  One of those programs was...
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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...
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Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills

I never lie to my students.  Firstly, it’s demeaning to them as individuals.  Secondly, it doesn’t say much about my abilities as an educator and undermines my...
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How to Make Keyboards Easier to See

In recent weeks, my friends have been asking me a lot about how to make things on the computer easier to see. They are often working on assignments late at...
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Microsoft Office OneNote

I have used OneNote all through high school and college, and it seems like every update brings more and more exciting features. I have low vision and...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...
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PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Students are learning to create PowerPoint (or the Apple equivalent, Keynote presentations) in early elementary school.  Here are some simple PowerPoint themes...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2: Students with Low Vision

Most students - and teachers - use mainstream keyboard shortcut commands to quickly navigate and interact with a computer.  Keyboard shortcut commands, such as...
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Tecla Shield: Use assistive switches to access smartphones and tablets

How can a student with limited mobility use a smart phone, tablet or computer?  One option is the Tecla Shield, a small, portable device that is used by...
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Hi-Tech LEGOs

The classic LEGO bricks have now gone Hi-Tech in the classroom!  Built on Common Core and state English Language Arts Standards, LEGO Education StoryStarter is...
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Tech Recipe: Listen to Your Writing

Writing and editing on screen is beneficial for many students with low vision. A student who may not be using full-feature screen-reading software can learn to...
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Tar Heel Reader: Create and Read Accessible Books

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read books; students can create their own books or selet books created by others.  Tar Heel Reader is a...