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Envision #8: My Sweet Sixteen Tips to Note Taking Success!

To write everything, or not to write everything? Now that’s a question that has lost every note taker throughout history! Well, let me give you a hand! From...
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Envision #3: Keep It Simple! How to Simplify College Notes

Taking effective notes is a corner stone to being a successful student! Unfortunately, this corner stone can be easily misunderstood when notes becomes...
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Digitally-Accessible Math Worksheets

Many math worksheets are not accessible to people who use screen readers. The worksheets found below are accessible to people who use screen readers too. ...
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Understanding the "Ribbon" in Microsoft Word: Screen Reader Activities

In order for your student to be a "Tech Power User", he/she must fully understand the different parts of the screen and how to navigate in and around these...
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Envision #2: Let Me Check My Schedule!

Staying organized can be a hassle for anyone, especially when it comes to creating an agenda!  Enough with post-it notes scattered on a fridge, brailled papers...
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Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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Braille Math Editor: JAWS and Fusion

The recent JAWS and Fusion update includes support for reading math equations. The following is from Freedom Scientific's website: Braille Math Editor JAWS...
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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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Tech Standards: Navigating a Table Using JAWS

All students are introduced to simple tables in general education kindergarten classrooms in paper/pencil (or tactile) formats which quickly transition to...
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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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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 6

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 5

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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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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Google Classroom using NVDA/JAWS Part 4

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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Google Classroom using NVDA/JAWS Part 3

Google Classroom is a free service which teachers use to send assignments, communicate with students and to monitor individual student progress. In one month (...
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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 2

This video tutorial series provides step-by-step instruction on how to navigate and use Google Classroom with NVDA or JAWS. In the Part 1: Google Classroom...
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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 1

Author: April Bahl (SixDotMath) is a retired person who informally volunteers as an assistant to Tim Fahlberg, a math and computer science teacher at the...
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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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NVDA Zoom Accessibility Add-On

Zoom meetings are a way of life during these days of social distancing. A recent  add-on called Zoom Enhancemants for NVDA, provides keyboard shortcuts to...
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JAWS Training Modules: Lesson One

Learning JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion can be overwhelming! Where do you start? Freedom Scientific has announced their teaching resources - training modules...
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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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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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Using JAWS in Tandem with a Student

There is a built-in feature that comes with JAWS that allows you to connect your computer to your students’ computer over the internet and allows you to hear...
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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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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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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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