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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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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,...
Book Creator logo and text, "Accessibility Updates: Book Creator"

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 (...
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...
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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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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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...
 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...
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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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Introducing the Orbit Teacher Platform

Press release submitted to Paths to Technology by Orbit Research.  SONIPAT, INDIA – October 15, 2019 –  Orbit Research announced the launch of the Orbit...
Glad I am not a turkey poem.

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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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...
Cover page of the digital book titled Noelle’s Pumpkin with an image of a fluffy white cap curled around a small orange pumpkin.

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...
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...
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Create Books for Students with Visual Impairments Using Tactile Materials

Children are wonderful. There’s an entirely new world to explore, yet they move so fast doing so: they can show interest in book within their first year, and...
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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...
Image of Orbit Reader and Braille Trail Reader and text, "APH Quota Braille Displays"

Update: Orbit Reader is available through APH

Update: June 20, 2019 the Orbit Reader is available again through APH! After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which...
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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Five

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
Cover of the book, Noelle the Cat. The print title and picture of a fluffy white cat sitting at a window are on the cover.

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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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....
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...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
Brian MacDonald (NBP) and Marty Schultz (Objective Ed) holding the large Touch of Genius Prize check

Objective Ed wins Louis Braille Touch of Genius Award

I had the honor to receive an award on behalf of Objective Ed at CSUN recently. Thanks to the team at Objective Ed, and for the help of advisors: Diane, Anna...
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Laugh and Learn: Learning Letters Puppy App Review

Most apps created for toddlers and preschool children are designed to be entertaining with colorful, non-cluttered layouts, have music/interesting sounds, use...
Photos of Braille Me and Orbit Reader 20; text, "Braille Me vs. Orbit Reader"

Braille Me and Orbit Reader: Braille Display Comparison

For many users, the cost of a traditional braille displays can be an issue. There are currently two options for small braille displays that cost around $500:...
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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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Five Little Leprechauns iBook and PDF

Paths to Technology strongly supports emerging literacy skills for students with visual impairments. These teacher-created iBooks and PDFs are available for...
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Creating and/or Using Simple Digital Books

I still remember that first picture book that I read - ok, memorized - as a preschooler. I read that book over and over again, to myself, to mom and dad, my...

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