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GoTap Braille: An iPad App with the Framework for Teaching Braille

Although current data suggests that less than 10% of students with blindness or significant visual impairment read braille, those of us in the field know how...
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CodeSnaps, Braille Blocks and Sphero City Activities

"Quiet on the Set!" With fingers crossed and breaths held, students listened carefully as the Sphero robot navigated through the Sphero City. Cheers erupted...
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Coding with Blocks4All App and Dash Robot: Introduction

Dash is a whimsical robot that moves, spins, talks, and makes noises. Kids select commands in the Blocks4All app that run the Dash robot. Designed specifically...
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Live Text Feature: Picking Text out of an Image

Live Text has been added to macOS Monterey and iOS 15! This means that if you take a photo or screen shot, you can now select the text and have it read aloud....
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Map Explore: Using Customized Questions

It just keeps getting better and better! As an O&M, I am so excited to be able to create customized questions to go along with my customized map! These...
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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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Day One: An Accessible Journaling App

Back to school is the perfect time to introduce new activities. Journaling is a daily activity that has tremendous educational benefits. We often think about...
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Multiplication Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity

The very first set of NaviLens tags designed to help create Super Flashcards is now available free from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to the generosity of the...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
7 year-old applying critical thinking strategies while dragging his finger across a row of animals in a Sequencing app.

Using Tech to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking goes beyond memorization, encouraging students to connect the dots between concepts, solve problems, think creatively, and apply knowledge in...
7 Year old making two-finger double tap gesture on Kids Listen podcast app. Text, "Listening, Comprehension & Tech Skills"

Kids Listen Podcast: Practicing Tech Skills

Want to spice up your tech lessons and incorporate educational skills at the same time? This creative Assitive Technology Specialist used the engaging Kids...
Photo of two iPads opened to VoiceOver Practice page and two hands making the 1-finger tap gesture. Text: Synchronized Swimming

Practicing Gestures: Synchronized Swimming Activity

Rote practice is boring! Synchronized swimming is a fun way to practice your VoiceOver gestures, learn what the gestures do, and to build muscle memory. This...
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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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Tactile to Digital Part 5: Addition and Subtraction

This is the fifth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
Fiinger dragging across a tactile table overlay on the iOS game, Absolute Positions; text, "Tactile Overlay for a Digital Table"

Tactile to Digital Part 4: Positions in a Table

This is the fourth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 2: Math Melodies

This is the second post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In the first...
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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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How to Check for App Accessibility?

There are so many reasons why YOU (and your student!) should know how to check the accessibility of an app with a screen reader. Here are a few of the most...
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Tech Standards: Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver Activity Part 1

National Technology Standards state that students are introduced to creating simple presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides) in first grade and...
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Tech Standards: Adding Image Descriptions to iOS Photos

Mainstream National Technology standards require students to add photos and images to documents and slide presentations, which is typically introduced in First...
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Tech Standards: Accessing Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver

Young students are being introduced to technology way before kindergarten. Students who are blind and low vision often access teacher-created books and...
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TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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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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ObjectiveEd: Sara and Kai Use Braille AI Tutor

This fun digital game encourages students to practice their braille skills and reading accuracy. Using the ObjectiveEd web-dashboard, the TVI creates her own...
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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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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...
22 month old Luke standing using a 1-finger tap to start an iPad app.

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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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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Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials

Tactile images and adapting images to make them accessible in raised line form can be difficult hurtles, not to mention the time consumption they entail....
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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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Math Melodies App: Young Students

The Math Melodies app is a FREE fully accessible math app created specifically for students who are blind or low vision. The app covers a wide range of math...
Sound Search game: Matching an item in the first column with it's sound in the second column. "ObjectiveEd: Identifying Sounds"

ObjectiveEd: Identifying Sounds

Auditory Awareness is defined as a person's ability to perceive and make sense of what is going on around them through sound. Students who are visually...
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Math Melodies App Part 1: Addition

Teachers of the Visually Impaired are jumping for joy! Why? Math Melodies is a fully accessible math app covering a wide range of math topics ranging from...
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BrailleBuzz App Review

Teachers are buzzing about APH's new beginning braille letter app, BrailleBuzz! This is a sister app to the popular stand-alone BrailleBuzz toy. Both games...
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ObjectiveEd: Braille Sheets

A combination of paper braille and technology? How cool is that!  Braille Sheets literacy tool that combines paper braille in tandem with with a fun app! In...
 "virtual learning tips for visually impaired learners" on background image of teacher's home office during remote instruction.

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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Wacky Text Field Lessons: Understanding Quick Nav Commands

Students who are completing online assignments often have to navigate to and then input text into a text field. Does your student know the screen commands...
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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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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...

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