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Tactile graphic of Math Melodies Add and Delete screen with text, "Tactile to Digital: Math Melodies"

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: 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: 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...
Cartoon hands on a Braille Display with an iPad showing ObjectiveEd Read Aloud and text, " Game that improves braille literacy!"

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...
Cartoon image of COMS showing ObjectiveEd in an IEP meeting with text, "ObjectiveEd: IEP Meetings"

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...
Screenshot of Math Melodies counting game and text, "Math Games for Preschool/kindergarten"

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...
Toddler touching an iPad screen with Text, "ABC's of iOS Course"

ABC's of iOS: VoiceOver for Kids 3 - 8 Course

Perkins is offering a 6 module (12 weeks) course on how to introduce young children to an iPad running VoiceOver. The online modules are video tutorials...
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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...
cartoon drawing of an iPad with a finger on the braille word "barn" on the answer sheet & text, "Braille Sheets: iPad Game".

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...
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Kindergarten and First Grade Sight Words Lesson

Remote instruction activities can be challenging for young students to sit through. We know that early elementary students have trouble sitting still in class...
Picture of the book "That's Not My Bear" book standing up with a brown teddy bear leaning on it.

Reading Remotely

This time of remote instruction has been difficult for our students, families, and teachers. I am trying desperately to meet the needs of my students the best...
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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...
Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.

Concept Development: Drawing

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
 Braille document on an iPad with Apple Pen writing corresponding print & Good Notes app. Text, "Interlining Braille: Remotely"

Interlining Braille: Remotely!

You (the TVI) and your general education classroom teacher are working in tandem to continue classroom instruction with your braille student during the COVID-...
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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...
Cartoon image of smiling boy laying a couch at home holding an iPad.

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...
Young boy with ear buds holding an iPad with text, "Interactive Stories"

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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Alligator Crunch: Missing Number

Students should be able to rote count to 100 by the end of the kindergarten. Found in every early elementary classroom, the hundreds chart is used as a tool to...
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Contraction Magic: A Bewitching Way of Teaching Braille Contractions

Learning braille contractions does not need to be a mystery. Convert contraction catastrophe into a captivating contraction activity with this bewitching spell...
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Teaching Number Line Math Skills: Part 4

Tactile number lines can be very beneficial to building strong number sense for students who are visually impaired. In the first number line post, we discussed...
photo of Specdrum Braille activity: muffin tin, tennis balls, braille flashcard, directions square, Specdrum mat, ring and app

Coding the Muffin Pan

In April, we introduced the idea of using Specdrums by Sphero to turn colors into sounds and sounds into learning. The Specdrum is a silicone ring that, when...
Cartoon hand with two fingers extended and text, "VoiceOver Gestures: 2-finger"

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...
Photo of a BrailleSense Polaris notetaker and the text, "Check Spelling".

BrailleSense Polaris: Check Spelling

BrailleSense Polaris is a braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin'sstyle keyboard with a backspace and enter key, and a small LCD...
Screenshot of Thermometers on Vital app with text, "Vital: Accessible Digital Graphics"

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...
iPad with a screen displaying the title page of the book Quack the Duck’s Family and an Orbit Reader 20 braille display on table

Reading Books Created with Book Creator App Using an iPad and RBD

Here is a video demonstrating how to read digital books created using the Book Creator app on the iPad with an Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille display (RBD...
Screenshot of the Accessible Number Line app showing the astronaut placed on the tick mark above the number one.

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,...
Lego Braille Bricks kit (container filled with braille legos) and text, "Lego Braille Bricks"

Lego Braille Bricks

Lego unveiled today (April 24, 2019) the Lego Braille Brick project targeting braille literacy. The Braille Bricks are fully compatible with other Legos....
Photo of tactile graphic with Dr. Seuss characters, box, and socks labeled in braille; Text, "Creating Tactile Graphics"

Using iPad, Stylus and Mac to create Tactile Graphics

In honor of National Reading Day, Jessica McDowell quickly created tactile images with braille to help her student better understand the Dr. Seuss story and...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 3

Lesson 8: Using voice over to pause/play speech Materials needed iPad Perkins Smart Brailler Objective To be able to pause/play speech using voice...
small white 20-cell braille display with black keys; up and down arrows on both sides of the braille, cursor buttons underneath.

Braille Me: new refreshable braille display

The Braille Me is a new smart braille display by Innovision Tech. This refreshable braille display is a 6-dot, 20-cell display with a Perkins style keyboard...
Taptilo: electronic device with refreshable braille cells & individual blocks with popup braille that students can manipulate

Updates for Taptilo, a beginning braille game

  Taptilo is a wireless stand-alone electronic braille device that teaches braille reading and writing. Taptilo syncs with an app on your smart phone, enabling...
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BrailleBlox: An Electronic Emerging Braille Game

Electronic alphabet toys have been around for decades for students with vision. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics is a sing along magnetic letter set that introduces...
Story Toys Logo: Open book with smiling Sun rising from book and the text, "Story Toys" above.

Accessible Digital Picture Books for Preschoolers

Just like their peers, young students with visual impairments and blindness are being introduced to technology at a very early age. Exposure to books -...
Tech, the modern cave book by Patrick McDonnell, book cover. Cave boy is furiously typing on a phone with dinosaurs behind him.

Technology-themed stories for elementary students

Students love everything about technology - and they can quickly become tech-obsessed. Students (and adults!) can't resist one more scroll down, one more video...
Fingers typing on a braille display beside an iPad displaying Cody's O&M Book.

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...
Photo of student's finger exploring Feelif - a tablet with tactile grid overlay

Feelif: Digital Games and Digital Education

Feelif is a combination of a standard tablet, a custom tactile grid, and multi-media educational apps or apps for playing games. Feelif is a social innovation...
Screenshot of Sadie Paulson accessing her editing software on a Mac with a switch.

Apple Introduces their New Accessibility Website

Accessibility continues to remain a top priority with Apple;  Apple kicked off the October "Hello Again" press event with a video highlighting built-in...
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Braille Bee Spelling App Review: iOS app

Does your student love learning and practicing Braille letters with the Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff app?  Sensory Sun has released and exciting new...
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Book Creator App: Create Your Own Accessible Books on iOS, Android and Windows Tablets

Book Creator is a simple way to create e-books, right on your tablet!  Add text, pictures, video and music, and even record your own voice.  Choose a pen tool...
APH's Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display prototype with 20 x 32 pin display with braille input keys below.

Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display: Making On-Screen Images Accessible!

APH has partnered with Orbit Research to develop the revolutionary Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display (RTGD) - a braille display that produces tactile...

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