Search Paths to Technology

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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...
Screenshot of TinyTap app while creating the Spring Flowers interactive book. "Creating Interactive Customized Books & Games"

TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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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...
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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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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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...
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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...
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Creating CVI-Friendly Videos using PowerPoint

Who knew that these CVI-friendly videos were so simple to make?!? All you need is a little imagination, PowerPoint and two free web applications. These web...
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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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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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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...
Cover of APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, music notes and text, "Story with Sound Effects".

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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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...
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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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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...
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...
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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....
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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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Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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 -...
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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...
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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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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...
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Editing Worksheets on the Ipad: an App Review

Your student’s classroom teacher is handing out a worksheet, and the print is too small for your student to read.  This is a scenario many TSVIs have...
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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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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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Interactive Nursery Rhyme Activities: iOS and Android App for Students with Low Vision

Nursery rhymes are an important part of early childhood development -  interactive nursery rhymes with activities are even better!  Young children are...

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