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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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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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Creating Student Portfolio Webpages for VI and O&M Using Adobe Spark Page

When students with visual impairments attend school, their needs are different from the general population in several areas. As students transition into...
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Using the Writing Wizard App with Students Who Are Low Vision and Have CVI

The Writing Wizard app is an early education app that is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store.  Writing Wizard...
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06 Smart Bluetooth Remote

After reading about the O6 here on the Paths To Technology blog, I decided that it would be worth a try. I asked my supervisor to purchase the 06 last school...
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Adapting a Floor Plan Using You Doodle App

About the App You Doodle comes as both a paid app for the full version, or can be downloaded for free. While the free version does not have as many features...
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A Review of A Busy Day for Elmo

As an Assistive Technology Specialist and Teacher of the Visually Impaired, I am regularly perusing apps geared towards students that are 3-7 years old...
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Fisher Price Storybook Rhymes Accessibility Review

Fisher Price has created three free read and sing along nursery rhyme apps - perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are ready to interact with an...
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My Desk: iBook

My Desk is an iBook about what the writer does at their desk including their homework and playing with toys. Each page contains high contrast images and audio...
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Brian: Learning to Answer Questions using a braille display

Students who are blind with additional disabilities may struggle to read, write and answer questions independently.  However, mainstream technology such as an...
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QR Codes and Children's Video Books

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading award winning children's books. These riveting video books are free! Teacher guides/...
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Using the You Doodle App to Create CVI Accessible Images

When students with CVI move into Phase 2 they begin to recognize images in 2-dimensional. To help these students continue to progress from Phase 2 to Phase 3...
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Cody's Favorite LOGOs iBook

Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is learning to visually identify and name fast food signs in his...
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Book Creator App to iBooks

The Book Creator app is one of my favorite apps to use for students of all developmental levels with Visual Impairments. For students with visual impairments...
A family on a gondolla ride in Italy. Tell a story through the picture and slide show app Pictello.

Accessible iPad Apps: Eric Jerman

If you visit Apple.com and navigate to the section on iPad apps, you’ll land on a page that says “Over 140,000 apps for iPad;” its smaller cousin, the iPhone,...
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Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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Bookshare: Back to School Series #1

Welcome to the first blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. Over the next two months, we will publish a series of blogs specifically designed to...
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The Beach iBook

This iBook is about going to the beach!  Using high contrast images and sounds, the writer talks about playing in the sand, laughing with friends, and throwing...
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Dolphin EasyReader: iOS app

Dolphin EasyReader is a free iOS reading app with accessibility features for students with dyslexia, low vision or blindness. How does EasyReader compare to...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
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Adapting iBooks for Children with Multiple Disabilities: Book Creator App

Recently I wanted to begin creating my own iBooks for some of my students with multiple disabilities who also had good use of their functional vision.  I...
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VO Lab App: Learning VO Gestures

Sonokids has just released an exciting new iOS app called VO Lab.  This app is designed for 14+ to learn basic VoiceOver gestures.  The app is interactive and...
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Teaching VoiceOver Gestures with I Hear Ewe App: Activity

Do you have a toddler, preschooler, kindergarten/early elementary student or student with multiple disabilities who is learning to use an iPad? The I Hear Ewe...
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Choice Making Activities with Switch Apps

In my last post on my Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps for Students with Visual Impairments, I mentioned 5 of my favorite apps that are switch accessible...
R.J. Cooper Bluetooth Super-Switch, a big yellow switch device, that pairs with tablets.

Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired working with students ages 5-14 that are multiply impaired in a school with an adapted curriculum, I really appreciate...
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Guided Access: Locking an iPad into one app

Guided Access enables a teacher or parent to lock the iPad so that a student can only access one app.  This is a great tool during tests to keep a student from...
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PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Students are learning to create PowerPoint (or the Apple equivalent, Keynote presentations) in early elementary school.  Here are some simple PowerPoint themes...
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Creating Digital Accessible Materials Workshop

Your VI students are using technology successfully, but are you and your general education teachers creating accessible materials? Learn how to create...
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Getting Started with Bluetooth Switches on the iPad

For Teachers of the Visually Impaired who work with students who are Deaf Blind or Multiple Disabilities, using the iPad paired with a blue tooth switch can be...
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Top 3 Favorite iPad Switch Apps

As I have stated in several other posts, iPad switches can be a valuable tool in the educational lives of students with mutlitple disabilities.  Switch...
Student using the BlindSquare iPhone app while traveling on a school sidewalk with her long cane.

Using BlindSquare with students who have Traumatic Brain Injury

Modified Teaching Strategy to Locate a Sidewalk Intersection Teaching BlindSquare has been such a successful part of the curriculum.  I recently taught a...
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5 Top Apps for People with Limited Mobility

Do you work with a student who is visually impaired and in a wheelchair?  Here are five must-have apps recommended for people who use a wheelchair followed by...

CVI Adaptation for O&M stories using Notability app on the iPad

This is a CVI adaptation to previous post "Using Notability app for Orientation and Mobility lessons with Younger Students with Low Vision" posted on...
Student using technology for digital literacy activities: social media, Internet search, reading, calendar, etc.

Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Digital Literacy is defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring...
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Interactive Storybook App Ideas

I have several students with multiple disabilities on my caseload who benefit from interactive storybook apps that can be integrated into their routine with...
Screenshot of a visually impaired infant gazing at and interacting with an iPad.

Infant & Early Childhood Program iPad Curriculum: Junior Blind

In 2012, Junior Blind conducted a six month long iPad study. This study showed that the iPad was an effective tool to use with children with visual impairments...
Standing in the rain by the Perkins School for the Blind fence, two O&Ms work together to learn BlindSquare.

Becoming a Hi-Tech Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Hi-Tech O&M lessons? Back in the stone-age when I was in college, we were taught all the traditional O&M skills, such as street crossings, public...
A student using the touch technique on a sidewalk in a residential area.

HI-Tech O&M Progress Reports

After taking the Hi-Tech O&M professional development class taught by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers through Perkins eLearning, I realized that the...
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Bebot App Review: iOS cause and effect sound app

Looking for a cause and effect app that produces fun sounds?  Bebot is an easy to use cause and effect app that creates intriguing robot-like sounds.  Simply...

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