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4 year old tapping top of the iPad screen and text, "Spatial Tech Standards: Directional Terms"

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...
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...
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...
Image of hands holding a tablet with floating app icons. Text, "Tech Standards. Why Teach Digital Concepts Early?"

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...
Image of the B (bunny) tactile coloring page with text, "Braille Alphabet Coloring Page"

Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages

Inclusion is what we all strive for. I always think back to sitting with a student when I worked with a young child in a gen ed classroom years ago. The class...
Image with simple cartoon dog and firetruck with text, "Spatial Concept Activities"

Procreate App 2: Activities, Worksheets and Books

These worksheets were created with images I created with the Procreate app (See Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials post) and put into a worksheet...
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...
Cartoon girl with clasped praying hands showing distress in front of a computer with text, "Homework hotline"

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...
title page of the Five Little Ducks book with text, "Creating Accessible Books"

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...
BrailleBuzz logo with text, "Beginning Braille App"

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...
Kids Listen logo for the Activity Podcast; text, "Fun & Educational Podcasts"

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...
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...
Young girl  reading a teacher-created print/braille book with her hands on the braille.

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...
Coverof the Vegetables book with pepper, zucchini, and carrots with the text “Vegetables” and red speaker icon.

Adapted Books for Student with CVI: Fruits and Vegetables

As the school year comes to an end, I wanted to share the last two digital books I created for my student with CVI who is working on scanning and visual...
Cover page of ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond! a collaboration between Diane Brauner & CNIB Foundation.

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...
Screenshot of Word Melodies Home screen with cartoon animals, musical notes and text, "Accessible Emerging Reader App"

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 holding and looking intently at an iPad with text, "Epic! Book App"

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...
photo of a fluffy white cat laying on the couch and text, "Braille Contractions"

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 (...
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 ...
 Cover page of the digital book Noelle’s Christmas Tree with an image of a Christmas tree with white lights next to a fireplace

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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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...
Screenshot of Sound Search game with 5 animals in the left column and 5 sound symbols in the right column. "ObjectiveEd: part 1"

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...
Cover page of a digital book titled I am Thankful with an image of four book boxes lined up next to each other on a shelf.

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...
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...
"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...
24 month old boy sitting at a child's table with fingers pressing keys on an APH 18 Refreshabraille.

Benefits of Using a Braille Display with Emerging Readers

Refreshable Braille Displays (RBD) are peripheral devices that display braille characters, usually be raising and lowering dots through holes in a flat surface...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

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...
Image: Cover of the book What Can Swim? Includes title and an image of a Golden Retriever swimming in the water.

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...
computer screenshot of book cover image, Frank and Beans, in a Word document with alt text pane open

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...
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...
Title page of the a digital book with a tan and white kitten and the title, "What do you like?"

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...
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...
Screenshot of Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss cover and text, "Hop on Pop Review"

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...
Covers of two books: I Can (boy jumping) & My Glasses (pink glasses) and image from book: doll wearing glasses & holding a book.

More Digital Books for Early Readers

Before winter break, I made 8 digital books for my students. Two of the books were Christmas gifts. I adapted and created 6 leveled reading books from the...
Photo of a furry Yak with two horns and the text, "At the Zoo"

Using Technology to Support a Dual Media Learner

I have been enjoying teaching a kindergartener braille this school year. As a TVI, I closely collaborate with the special education teacher and classroom...
Reading Adventure Time Logo and text, "Reading Adventure Time App"

Reading Adventure Time iOS App

Reading Adventure Time is FINALLY in the Apple app store. Hooray!  Reading Adventure Time - a teacher centric, student friendly app that includes activities...
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...

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