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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 2 (Hurricane Dorian)

This challenge follows the first Robot Obstacle Challenge post, Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenge 1.As educators, we know that our students are most...
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 1

21 century classrooms encourage students to “think”. Instead of regurgitating a series of facts, students are asked to apply the facts learned to analyze why...
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Picture in a Flash: A Tactile Image is Worth a Thousand Words

NOTE: For more ways of creating tactile graphics, please see the article Creating Tactile Graphics With Firebird Software. As I was going through school to...
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Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 3

In Part 1 of my posts on the topic of notetaking apps for the iPad, Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 1, I discuss two available iOS apps, PDF Expert...
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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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Trivia Educational Games on Alexa and Google Assistant

Free trivia games are available through Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. Once the game is initially enabled through the link below, simply ask Alexa or...
BrailleBuzz, a black & yellow bee shaped toy for braille readers with honeycomb shaped braille letter keys & Perkins keyboard.

TVI and Kindergartener's Review of the Braille Buzz

When I arrived at school after winter break, I was excited to obtain the BrailleBuzz for my kindergarten student. According to the APH website, “BrailleBuzz is...
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Orbit Reader 20: Editing Basics

In the first article in this series, we introduced the layout of the Orbit Reader and proceeded into the basic menu structure.  In the second article, we...
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MATT Connect Updates

There is an update coming available later today that will be pushed to all MATT Connect devices. This software update will introduce a three-interface set up:...
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My technology iBook

It’s hard to believe summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school. One of the many ways we can support our students with visual impairments to...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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Abacus addition, using blind methods

Use both sides of the abacus to add quickly and do math with your peers in class or for homework.
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A New Twist on Applying Voice Assistants

Voice-activated assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, are being integrated into our homes and lives. These are mainstream devices which respond to...
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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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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You with Art

I have had my Amazon Echo Dot for over a year now (read my initial review of the Amazon Echo Dot here), and I am always surprised at how much that the Alexa...
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New MATT Connect Tutorial Videos

HumanWare has recently published new tutorial videos for the MATT Connect. The MATT Connect is a magnifier, distance viewer, and an educational tablet with pre...
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Screen Rotation for APH MATT Connect / Humanware Connect 12

If you're a TVI like me and follow the American Printing House for the Blind's (APH) every move for news on new developments and offerings for software and...
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Talking Wand

The world is filled with written word. I discovered this awesome tool to help my students bring words to voice with the touch of a wand. The wand is used to...
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Feelif Creator: Review

Feelif Creator is an adapted tablet (currently a Samsung Galazy Tablet) with special accessible apps that combine haptics (vibrations), sounds, an embossed...
Taptilo: electronic device with refreshable braille cells & individual blocks with popup braille that students can manipulate

Updates for Taptilo, a beginning braille game

  Taptilo is a wireless stand-alone electronic braille device that teaches braille reading and writing. Taptilo syncs with an app on your smart phone, enabling...
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How To Make Things on the Board Easier to See

With the exception of maybe three classes, all of my professors have relied on using the whiteboard or projector when teaching in the classroom. As a student...
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BrailleBlox: An Electronic Emerging Braille Game

Electronic alphabet toys have been around for decades for students with vision. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics is a sing along magnetic letter set that introduces...
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The Numbers Hunt: iBook about Using a Monocular

Quinn, an elementary student with low vision, goes on a fun Numbers Hunt. This exciting O&M lesson included using a monocular to read house addresses along...
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Blitab: Android Tablet with 14 Row Braille Display

Blitab is an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface.  As an Android tablet, it has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and can run Android Apps. The upper portion...
ScanMarker Air for Print Disabilities: A portable OCR scanner. www.veroniiiica.com

ScanMarker Air for Print Disabilities

During my sophomore year of high school, teachers constantly were forgetting to enlarge my assignments (a little more on that here), leaving me to figure out...
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6 Ways Amazon Alexa can Help with Homework

I love my Amazon Echo Dot (I have a review on it here).  I use it easily thirty times a day as a talking clock, as a news source, for telling me the weather,...
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eReaders and Low Vision

I remember when Barnes and Noble first announced they would be selling their own eReader, the Nook.  The other eReaders on the market at the time had small...
The Read Read features credit card-sized tiles with letters, braille & audio recordings.

Read Read: braille game

The Read Read is an electronic emerging braille device composed of movable tiles with both braille and raised print letters. As a student runs his/her finger...
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Unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch: accessibility feature

Typing the password to unlock your computer can be challenging for many students, especially students who have motor issues and/or are visually impaired. If...
Bailey, a white plush whale and Dory, a blue plastic fish.

Teaching echolocation skills: O&M activities

Pixar's popular movie, Finding Dory, has lovable characters that include Destiny, a whale shark who has a visual impairment and Bailey, a beluga whale who...
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Embossing from the BrailleNote Touch

In this digital age, students do need to be tech savvy and 'digitally literate'; however, there are times that a hard copy is desired.  With the BrailleNote...
Google Chromecast Review for college students and people with low vision.

Google Chromecast Review

Occasionally, I have trouble focusing my eyes to read text on my phone or tablet. In these cases, zooming in is futile, and I find it easier to focus through...
Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot Review: Great for College Students and Low Vision!

Amazon Echo Dot Review

Last month, a new device joined my technology collection, and has quickly become one of my new favorites. I don't have to worry about making it accessible,...
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Code-A-Pillar

Code-a-Pillar, a new STEM toy, inspires young students to develop critical thinking skills through a hands-on robotic caterpillar.  Using straight, left and...
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E-Bot Pro Review

Over the summer, I had the fun of visiting the assistive technology lab affiliated with the Department of Blind and Visually Impaired. The day I visited, a...
Susan Osterhaus introducing a Talking Graphing Calculator to a student with visual impairments.

Teaching the Talking Graphing Calculator to a Student who is VIB

How do you start teaching a complex graphing calculator to a student who is visually impaired or blind?  First, let's learn a little more about the Orion TI-84...
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Arduino for users with visual impairments and blindness

What is Arduino?  Arduino is an open-source electronics platform or board and the software used to program it. Arduino is intended for anyone making...
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3D Pens: A New Tool for O&M and More

3D pens are a relatively new product that are designed as an art tool, but serve many applications in Orientation and Mobility and teaching those with a visual...