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Browsing the Web: Video Tutorials

As an educator with vision, I have often struggled to learn the basics of various devices and accessibility features. Before I can introduce a student to...
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Microsoft Immersive Reader Update

What is Immersive Reader? Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven technique to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age...
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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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Creating PIAF Tactile Images: Math Pattern Calendar

In a previous post, Jessica shared how to find free (Creative Commons) clip art coloring page images that can be used - without any editing - to make simple...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Algebra By Hand: A Web-based Tool

At Learn By Hand, we set out to create a web-based tool that would allow visually impaired students to independently practice algebra skills. Our first step...
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Google Search Tips

Google Search is defined as a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, handling...
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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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QR Kids: Back to School/Open House Activity

The QR Kids post was originally posted on The Techie Teacher website. Reposted on Paths to Technology with permission. Have your students create QR Kids by...
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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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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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Project Zanzibar

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its latest research project, Project Zanzibar. Project Zanzibar blends digital and physical worlds by sensing touch, gestures and...
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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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How to Use a Split Screen to Increase productivity in the Classroom

All students should be efficient using their devices and productivity apps - including students with visual impairments. In a recent post, we looked at using...
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Accessibility Review of Bedtime Math Website and App

The developers of bedtime math 'want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner.' Bedtime math is a wacky daily math problem that...
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YouTube Search Tricks

Searching for YouTube videos can be overwhelming! TechGumbo shares some quick tips on how to narrow your search in order to quickly find the desired YouTube...
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Technology Lesson Plans: Excel and PowerPoint

Classrooms are fully embracing technology in early elementary grades. Sighted kindergarten and first grade students might be drawing simple graphs and charts...
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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...
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Getting Started with Audio-Supported Reading

GETTING STARTED WITH ASR Introduction Audio-Supported Reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either...
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Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
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Microsoft Learning Tools for OneNote: Accessibility Features

One in five students struggle with dyslexia - including many students who are also visually impaired.  Fully integrated into OneNote, Microsoft Learning Tools...

Teacher Created Quizzes: Socrative

No matter what technology your students are using in the classroom, here is an easy tool to create your own accessible digital quizzes, questions and polls.  ...
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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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Zagga: Video-On-Demand Audio Described Service

Zagga Entertainment is a video-on-demand service featuring movies and series with Audio Described video, featured on a fully accessible website and mobile apps...
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Merscythe: An accessible E-Textbook that Teaches Python Coding!

Learn how to code through the storybook game, Merscythe: Adventures with the Codue!  This is an educational e-textbook that teaches students the Python...
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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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Voice Typing with Google Docs: Editing and Formatting

Google Docs has learned a new trick: Voice Typing, the ability to recognize spoken words and commands.  Now, Google Docs via Chrome, can edit and format...
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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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iZiggi Document Camera: Accessing Near and Distance Materials Video

In this video, Ting Siu demonstrates how to use the iZiggi Document Camera to access near and distance materials in the classroom.  The iZiggi is a portable,...