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Amazon Children's Books and Audio Stories are Free

During COVID-19 school closures, Amazon has made their books and audio stories for children and students of all ages FREE - no subscription! Books can be...
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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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Crosby, Service Dog in Training: iBook

Read all about Crosby, a seven month old Golden Retriever in training with the Wildcat Service Dog Program in Lexington, Kentucky. After a year of training in...
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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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Teaching Listening Comprehension: Very Hungry Caterpillar App Activity

It is often believed that students who are visually impaired have heightened senses to help compensate for the vision loss. Teachers of the Visually Impaired (...
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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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Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity

All students need to learn to use commas and have opportunities to practice using commas. Quite often braille students who are pulled out for language arts,...
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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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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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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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APH's The Littlest Pumpkin Tactile Book and Sound Effects!

Music and sound effects play at just the right time as you read APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, bringing the book to life! Accompanying sound effects...
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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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Student Christmas Gifts

"Yikes - it is almost winter break and what simple gift can I give to my students with visual impairments?!" This question keeps popping up and as teachers of...
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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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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
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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...
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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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Noelle's Pumpkin: Fall Themed Digital Book for Early Readers

This month, I created a pumpkin themed book for my first grade dual media learner using the Book Creator App. Since she loves cats, I wrote a simple story...
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Going Nuts about a New School Year

Ask your student his/her "resolutions" for the new school year! This fun activity can be done with an individual student as an O&M or VI lesson or with the...
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Audio Memos App and WH Questions

As Orientation and Mobility Specialists, our caseloads include academic students, students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and students who fall...
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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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Teaching VoiceOver Gestures: 2-Finger Tricks and Tips

In the first post in this series, we discussed the 1-finger iOS gestures. (See Teaching VoiceOver Gestures: 1-finger Tricks and Tips post.) This post will...
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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...
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Noelle the Cat ePub

This month I created six more digital accessible books for my kindergarten student using the Book Creator App. Attached is an ePub file of my version of the...
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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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Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds App Review

Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds by Fisher Price is a free iOS app. The app is self-voicing and can be played by young students who are blind. It is does not...
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Accessible Digital Kindergarten Books

In the past two months, I have made 15-leveled books from the Reading Street program digitally accessible for my dual media student. Each book was made...

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