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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 3: Creating a Tactile Overlay On the Go!

What if you are in the middle of a tech lesson and your student would benefit from a tactile overlay of the iPad screen? This post shows two quick and easy...
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Zoom-Zoom: How to Magnify Zoom Chat on a Chromebook

During remote learning, many students are using Chromebooks to access virtual classes. A question that frequently comes up, is how to magnify the “chat”...
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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 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...
 SixDotMath presents Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 1: Joining a class, Overview, Dealing with Pop-Ups, & Dashboard

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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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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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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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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Six Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom

At the time of the writing of this post, there are a lot of people at home from work and school. Because of this stability, people are looking for ways to...
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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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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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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Chromebook: Learning Targets and Lessons on Ways to Zoom

Background My 3rd grade student uses a large screen Chromebook and she is learning to use keyboard commands and adjust accessibility settings. Chromebooks...
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Jack Chen, in-house lawyer for Google

Since childhood, Jack Chen has been creating his own inventions and has melded this hobby into a successful career as a Product Counsel (patent attorney and...
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Algebra By Hand: A Web-based Tool

At Learn By Hand, we set out to create a web-based tool that would allow visually impaired students to independently practice algebra skills. Our first step...
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Google Search Tips

Google Search is defined as a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, handling...
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Orbit Reader 20: Using the Orbit with a Chromebook

NOTE: Prior to reading this article, you may wish to review previous articles in this series: Layout and Menu Structure of the Orbit Reader 20 File Structure...
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Chromebooks: FAQs for TVIs

What are they?  A very common device in classrooms for going online and completing curricular activities. Most classrooms use 9 or 11 inch Chromebooks....
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Join.Me a Screen Sharing iPad App Video

Post Update: Join.Me is now available on Chromebooks with their new Chrome Extension! Learn more about Join.Me on Chromebooks here. This video demonstrates...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Tutorial #1: How to

Hi, my name is Esteban and I’m currently a senior in high school. Over the summer, I attended a STEM camp for the blind and visually impaired in North Carolina...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Video Tutorial #2: Options

Hey it’s Esteban, and thanks for watching my video tutorial. This second video describes how to use customize the Accelerator using the “options” menu. Enjoy...
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EquatIO

EquatIO is a math extension that makes math digital. Type, handwrite, dictate, or simply copy a printed math equation; EquatIO converts these math equations...
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How to Use a Split Screen to Increase productivity in the Classroom

All students should be efficient using their devices and productivity apps - including students with visual impairments. In a recent post, we looked at using...
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The Basics of Book Creator for the Web

The Basics In the past I have completed several blogs about the Book Creator app.  However, about six months ago the developers created a web based version...
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series

Many schools are using the Chrome browser (on any device) and/or have adopted Chromebooks. Want to learn more about Chrome and Chrome Operating Systems (OS)?  ...
Chrome Accessibility: Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Fundamentals

Using ChromeVox on Your Chomebook: Video Tutorials

Many schools are using Chromebooks in the classroom and teachers of the visually impaired are asking for information on how to access Chromebooks with a screen...
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Intro to G Suite Accessibility

Google continues to expand and improve accessibility of Google suite.  Google suite (G suite) is a combination of cloud computing, productivity and...

Teacher Created Quizzes: Socrative

No matter what technology your students are using in the classroom, here is an easy tool to create your own accessible digital quizzes, questions and polls.  ...
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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology is a powerful tool for all students - including students with special needs.  There are many useful Chrome web extensions to improve success for...
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Overview of Chromebook Accessibility Settings and ChromeVox

Luis Perez provides a video tour of the accessibility options built into the Chrome OS for Chromebooks.  Learn about the following accessibility settings:...
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Tech Recipe: Listen to Your Writing

Writing and editing on screen is beneficial for many students with low vision. A student who may not be using full-feature screen-reading software can learn to...
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Introducing ChromeVox: User Guide and Interactive Tutorial

ChromeVox is a screen reader created by Google that allows users to browse the Internet.  ChromeVox is built into any computer running Chrome OS including...
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Getting Started with Google Docs using a Screen Reader

Google Apps is a collection of applications for online collaboration, organization and productivity.  Many school systems are "Going Google".  Did you know...