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Accessibility, Advocacy, and Allies in the Workplace: A Community Conversation with Veronica Lewis

Veronica Lewis, blogging as Veroniiiica (with four eyes), is a popular blogger with literally hundreds of posts focusing on assistive technology, being...
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Tech Standards: Creating Keynote Presentations Part 2

Macy, with Challenge Solutions, shares her tips and tricks on how she creates Keynote presentations on her iPad with VoiceOver. Challenge Solutions is a group...
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Spinrockers: "Got This by Myself" song

Two talented TSBVI students, Mary Rose and Devin, are the heart and soul behind the Spinrockers. The Spinrockers are a duo music act featuring multi-...
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Guide Dog Online Workshops for Students: Part 2

Last spring and summer, several online guide dog workshops were offered. Recently, Paths to Technology has received several emails asking if these workshops...
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How to Run Effective Web Searches

How to Run Effective Web Searches Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays and...
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Challenge Solutions: A Group of Blind Students Podcasting/Video Blogging

Challenge Solutions is a website created and managed by a group of blind students for blind students and their teachers. Their mission is to provide lessons...
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It's My Job Podcast #16: Dr. Mona S. Minkara

Welcome to sixteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. In the sixteenth episode of It's My Job, Rytey from Wisconsin interviews Dr. Mona S. Minkara an...
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Learning VoiceOver: Problem-Solving Activity

Before you can teach your student to use an iPad running VoiceOver, YOU - the teacher - need to learn the basics. For many TVIs, just thinking about using a...
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AtYourLevel Podcasts

Are you interested in podcasting? Have you ever listened to podcasts that are created by kids for kids? Ari, an 11 year old who hosts the AtYourLevel podcast...
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Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Mother's Perspective

In the first post, Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke, we followed 22 month old Luke through his first couple of months learning to use an iPad. In...
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It's My Job Podcast #15: Peter Altschul

Welcome to fifteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Peter Altschul. He is Organization...
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Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke

The pandemic changed traditional educational services for toddlers with visual impairments, but one dedicated mom and innovative preschool TVI created their...
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Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper

StudentAuthor: OP Assassin Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper: As a low vision student using a digital format is easier to use than paper. To start, a...
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It's My Job Podcast #14: Eliana Mason

Welcome to fourteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jake, a transition student from Iowa, is interviewing Eliana Mason from team USA. She is a Goalball...
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VoiceOver Teaching Strategies for Preschool TVIs

iPads are now an accepted tool in your TVI toolbox. You – the TVI – personally use tech daily for work and in your personal life. Your smart phone is your...
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Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision

Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to take two different online English classes and was able...
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The Podcast Experience at KSSB

Podcast team contributors: Rich, Patrick, Brook, Mara, Ajay, Nick, Abrienda, and Evan.   Teacher supports: Jackson Shermer, Bob Taylor Humble beginnings:...
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It's My Job Podcast #13: Lori Scharff

Welcome to thirteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Lori Scharff from New York. She is an...
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Freedom Scientific: Student of the Month

Do you have a student who uses a Freedom Scientific device? Showcase your student's success by entering him/her into this contest!  K-12 students in the United...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities 2020

Updated: The STEM Career Showcase Live Recording is now available - see the video at the end of this post! The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts...
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Teaching Braille Remotely to a Student with Autism

I wanted to share a success story with remote learning. Last year I had a 3rd grader with no functional vision that I was trying to teach Braille to. He also...
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Student Activity: Types of Tech

"My students are going to be pros at technology by the time this pandemic is over!" a TVI exclaims during a virtual conference. Many of our students with...
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Tips to Stay Organized in Virtual Classes

I took over a dozen virtual classes in high school, and about half of the classes I’ve taken in college have been virtual classes as well. As a result I’ve...
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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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Access and Engagement to Education Study 2

Invitation for Family Members, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, and O&M Specialists to Participate in an Important and Timely Survey  Access...
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Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson can be adapted to any age group from about five years and above. You will see this in many of my lessons, why, because this is a tool, use it to...
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White Cane Day Video: Can't Stop Believin'!

How are you celebrating White Cane Day 2020 during this age of social distancing and remote instruction? The students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and...
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Format for Remote Instruction Lessons

The demand for quality accessible lessons is at an all time high during remote instruction and hybrid classrooms. Paths to Technology is building a Lesson...
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Psyched for STEAM: Coding Activities

Crash! Bang! Is it more fun to program your robot to flawlessly complete the course or to "accidently" run into obstacles? Such is the dilemma for students who...
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iOS 14 and Phone Calls

Issue Are you having trouble answering your phone with the iOS 14 update? Several people have asked about an 'issue' related to not being able to answer a...
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TikTok: Lucy Edwards

TikTok is the recent social media phenomenon in which users share quick video clips. While many of the clips are meant to be humorous, there are "educational"...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs for Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as...
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Basic Subtraction - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson is a jumping off point to become a unit done in days, weeks, years of learning however necessary. Never take a lesson and end it, keep it going....
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Final Thoughts: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Using Blackboard Ally with Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low...
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What Worked: Remote O&M instruction Ideas

By: Amanda Stolz If you’re anything like me, thinking back to what I did during the Spring for remote instruction and virtual learning is a bit of a blur.  In...
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How Remote Learning is Causing Visual Fatigue

As many of our students with low vision are adjusting to online learning, it is becoming more and more apparent that the screen time is causing some eye strain...
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TVI "Push-In" During Zoom Class

Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) quietly and unobtrusively teach within the gen ed classroom. Subtle verbal or physical prompts are often needed to...
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Beginning Readers -Sight Words: Lesson, Activities, Tips

The lesson is a jumping off point to become a unit done in days, weeks, and course of the year however necessary. Never take a lesson and end it, keep it going...
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Self-Determination: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...

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