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Spatial Tech Standards 1: Directional Terms

This series is designed to show how a tablet (in this case an iPad, but the same is true with any tablet) can be used to systematically teach critical...
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Tech Standards: Why Teach Digital Concepts Early?

Teachers of students with visual impairments or blindness are responsible for teaching so many things. How do you prioritize what to teach when? It used to be...
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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ObjectiveEd: IEP Meetings

Since the company was founded, it has strived to earn the support of the TVIs and O&Ms. By attending regional and nationwide conferences, holding scores of...
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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...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Creating Accessible Books Using Pages

Emerging readers should have access to fun digital books - just like their peers! The books can be read aloud to the student, the student can listen to the...
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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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Access and Engagement Survey Results

The Access and Engagement Survey examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education of students birth-21 with visual impairments, their families, and...
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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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Assistive Technology: It's the Law

It's the Law!   As school is ending all across the country, this is a good time to take stock of what we accomplished this school year and what we want to...
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ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

UPDATE! The ABC's of iOS manual is currently available FREE for everyone during COVID-19!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or...
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Ballyland Keyboarding Software: Special Offer!

Special Offer Ballyland Early Keyboarding Home Access License! Ballyland Keyboarding for desktop and laptop computers is a unique software designed to enable...
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Cosmic Numbers: Accessible Number Line App Semester 2

The Cosmic Numbers App is a fully accessible iOS app designed to teach a variety of number line skills to students with visual impairments. I'm very excited...
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Remote Instruction Tip: Using Screen Recording on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to Create Engaging Content

Vision providers all across the country are getting creative about providing remote instruction to students with visual impairments. One barrier some providers...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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Objective Ed: How it works

To help students with visual impairments during this crisis, ObjectiveEd is providing free access to their digital curriculum to schools and teachers to use...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 6 Dictation

Dictation Students LOVE to hear funny sounds read back to them. For a fun and easy introduction to dictation, have the student say a certain letter multiple...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed several unique tech-related skills that students with visual impairments need to fully interact with and understand math...
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Epic! App Review

As educators, finding good children’s books is essential to developing literacy in students.  The Epic! app allows educators to provide students access to...
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Alphabetic Word Sign Book for Early Readers

My student has been learning to read high frequency words in braille and alphabetic word signs. She’s had the greatest success reading teacher created...
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Dual Media or Multimedia?

Dual Media is the traditional term for students with visual impairments who have the ability to read print and braille. Some dual media students prefer print (...
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Novel Effect App Review

As educators, it is important to make literary experiences as interactive and valuable for the students that we work with. With that in mind, the Novel Effect ...
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Christmas Themed Book for Early Readers: Noelle's Christmas Tree

In first grade, my student has been learning to visually read lists of sight words. In braille, she practices reading some of the same high frequency words, as...
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Tech Skills for Preschoolers Part 1: Computer Literacy

When are mainstream students being introduced to technology - specifically computers? In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education reported that 67% of nursery...
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Teaching Number Line Math Skills Part 3: Accessible App

Now that your student has had practice with tactile number lines, it is time to have fun with this exciting and fully accessible number line app, Cosmic...
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ObjectiveEd Apps: Part 1

If you have attend a conference in the last year or so, you have probably met Marty Schultz, founder of the Blindfold apps and co-founder of ObjectiveEd. Marty...
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Digital Thanksgiving Book for Early Readers

This month, my student and I created a book about what she is a thankful for using the Book Creator app on an iPad. My student dictated the sentences for the...
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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...
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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
"Accessibyte Online: More than Just a typing tutor" and logos for Quick Cards, ProPack, Teacher Dashboard, typio online

Accessibyte Online: More than Just a Typing Tutor

You may have read previous articles that I’ve written on touch typing. One of the first ones I wrote was Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills and...
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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
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What Can Swim?

This year, I created over thirty digital accessible books for one of my students using the Book Creator App. Attached is the final book I created using...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Vital: Exploring Accessible Digital Graphics

Vital is a combination of an accessible app that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images and a website where...
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Accessible Number Line App: University AT project

Issue Number lines are a foundation math skill; number lines help students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing,...
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Sonitunes (Digital Lines App): University AT Project

As we transition to digital education materials, developers are facing new types of accessibility challenges. Traditionally, graphics have been produced...
Image of a hand on the iPad screen demonstrating the split tap gesture and text, "Drag and Split Tap."

The Unknown Gesture: Split Tap

VoiceOver iOS users are very familiar with the basic swipe and double tap gestures; most users are incredibly fast when swiping through apps on the Home screen...

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