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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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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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Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Teams

Microsoft Teams is one of several popular learning platforms students and vision professionals are learning to use to learn and interact together in a virtual/...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Quick Assist

Hey everybody, this is now my second post in a new "Virtual Learning Starter Kit" series of posts that I hope to continue with over the course of the school...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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Tech Standards for Students with VIB: What's Happening

Students with visual impairments and blindness are successfully using technology in the classroom and it is exciting to see how technology has a positive...
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JAWS Topics: Phonetic Announcement

JAWS contains an auditory feedback feature called "phonetic announcement" that is both useful to some users and annoying to others.  Today, I will provide a...
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The Learning with Computers textbook series

The Learning with Computers textbook series Once the basics of BVI computer use are mastered, a curriculum is necessary for computer courses. It is...
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A Quick and Easy Guide to basic, crucial keyboard shortcuts for using Windows computers

A Quick and Easy Guide to basic, crucial keyboard shortcuts for using Windows computers (Note: the + symbol is used to show key presses in sequence, “...
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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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JAWS Topics: FINDing your way around a Word document

Hey y'all, it's been a while since I last posted but I am excited to get back at it today! I wanted to share a tip or strategy for navigating long Word...
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JAWS Topics: Navigating Menu Bars

In this post, I am going to build upon the basic navigation skills outlined in my previous JAWS Topics post.  We will be providing some information on how to...
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JAWS Topics: Basic Navigation

In order to become an independent screen reader user on the computer, you will need to know how to navigate.  Today, I will discuss the most basic skills for...
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JAWS Topics Series Announcement & First Post: Typing Feedback

JAWS Topics Series Announcement Hi there y'all! Allen here from Nashville.  I wanted to put it out there that I have decided that there's no better time than...
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All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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Essential Keyboard Commands for JAWS

There are hundreds of JAWS keyboard commands. You probably can't learn them all and even if you did you would quickly forget them. What subset is essential for...
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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Web Design

I am not sure how many tech practitioners out there in blog land have taught web design to the blind and visually impaired but for those who have considered it...
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Using the Applications Key... With or Without the Key!

Setting the "context" for this post As a visual user of the computer, I use a mouse to move a visual cursor around the screen to click on different items on...
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Drag and Drop with Jaws talking software and keyboard commands

Start with moving icons around on your taskbar to put them in the order you want using keyboard commands. Then activate them quickly using the windows key and...
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Get to know PowerPoint with keyboard commands

Great and easy options to create that great presentation for class or job. Editor's Note: This video tutorial provides step-by-step instruction on how to...
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Rid clutter from webpage in reader view mode for Chrome

Clean webpages up so it is quick and easy to read either visually or with talking software. Editor's Note: This video tutorial provides step-by-step...
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Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook is a popular social media website first developed by Mark Zuckerberg while he was a student at Havard in 2004. Registered Facebook users create...
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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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How to Give a Spelling Test Using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo!

Tech savvy classroom teachers in the 21st Century are using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo (add-on) to create, grade and tests, including weekly spelling...
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Strategies for Becoming Tech Power-User!

As educators, our primary job when teaching screen reader skills to students is to teach the basic gestures (tablets), keyboard commands and/or braille display...
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Web Browsing Basics with Screen Readers

If you're like me, the first time you really sat down to learn to use a screen reading program like JAWS on a Windows computer, you felt a little overwhelmed...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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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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Windows 10 and Screen Readers

Windows 10 - the latest version of Windows from Microsoft - includes Cortana, virtual desktops, a new web browser called Microsoft Edge and other exciting...

Switching Between Google Accounts using JAWS

Some students may use two Google accounts, one for personal email and another for school email. Here is how they can open two accounts and switch between the...
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JAWS Resources

Sometimes it's hard to know how to get started with teaching JAWS. Students who are in elementary school benefit from beginning technology instruction at an...
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Where in the world is my cursor?

This article will attempt to provide you with some ideas for using magnets as a tactile representative of computer concepts. First, let me alleviate a concern...
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Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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Lessons for Beginners Using Screen Readers

This article explains how to introduce a student - particularly a young student - to using a screen reader.  Sharon demonstrates several fun activities and the...
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Taskbar Guide for Windows 10

The Taskbar is the long, thin horizontal bar across the bottom of a computer.  The taskbar enables users to launch or open programs through the Start button or...