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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...
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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...
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Google Maps Introduces Accessible Places

"Accessible Places" is a new feature (May 2020) in Google Maps. This feature lists whether a location has an accessible entrance, seating, restrooms and...
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Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
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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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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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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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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...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #8

Accessing the web is a critical component in today's classroom. WebAIM's goal is to help make the web more accessible to individuals with disabilities by...
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Read Books from Bookshare in Apple Books

Bookshare, a huge resource for students who are visually impaired, is an accessible FREE online library for students with print disabilities. Recently,...
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Sneak Peak at iOS 13!

iOS 12 focused on "under the hood" features. iOS 13, however, is ". . . easily the most power-user-focused iOS update that we have seen in the history of the...
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ClaroCom Pro Communication App Review

As many of my students with visual impairments and additional disabilities approach transition, I have really taken it upon myself to find AAC apps that would...
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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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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 2

Lesson 1 Materials used: iPad Objective: Student will know how to handle the iPad. To begin, I started out with a discussion on how we handle the iPad. We...

When Are You Purple?

This iBook delves into the color PURPLE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Purple as "Royalty and Class" and uses different subjects...
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When Are You Green?

This iBook delves into the color GREEN! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Green as the color of "Nature and Jealously" and uses...
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My Desk: iBook

My Desk is an iBook about what the writer does at their desk including their homework and playing with toys. Each page contains high contrast images and audio...
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Animals: iBook

This iBook is about animals and where they live (i.e. home, backyard, farm, etc.). Each page shows a different animal or location and plays sounds that...
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Technology Assessment: Tips, Tools, and Resources

In the first article in this two part series entitled Technology Assessment: Components of a Meaningful Technology Assessment, we looked at reasons to conduct...
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Accessibility Review of Grasshopper Apps

Grasshopper apps provide a variety of educational iOS apps created for students age four and up.  Some of these apps are free while others have in-app...
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06: A Tiny Device to Control iOS Devices

The 06 is a tiny, round Bluetooth device that can be used to navigate and interact with your iOS device instead of VoiceOver gestures. This small device is...
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Snowman Stories: QR Codes

Read aloud stories (video books) and QR codes is a popular way to turn students on to the joy of books. These stories are also a great opportunities to support...
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Why To Attend Therapy Dog Reading Programs

Dedicated to beagle butt, who attended over 50 therapy dog reading programs and helped dozens of children be comfortable around dogs. This week, a news story...
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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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Seeking field testers for Math Editor

Traditionally, a braille student completes math equations using a manual Perkins Braille Writer. However, 21st Century classrooms are completing assignments...
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Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
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Smart Home by Wasserstein: Smart light bulb and smart plug Review

A 'smart home' is a home equipped with appliances, lighting, heating/air conditioning, camera systems, security systems, etc. that can be monitored and...
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The Beach iBook

This iBook is about going to the beach!  Using high contrast images and sounds, the writer talks about playing in the sand, laughing with friends, and throwing...
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When Are You Blue?

This iBook delves into the color BLUE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes blue as the color for "Calm and Sadness" and uses different...
iOS 11and MmacOS 10.13 beta accessibility features.

iOS 11 preview of new accessibility features

During the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed a number of new accessibility features for Apple products that are anticipated to be...
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When Are You Yellow?

This iBook delves into the color YELLOW! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Yellow as "Bright and Happy" and uses different identifiers...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
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How do YOU use Apple Products?

Apple released a series of videos showcasing how individuals with a variety of disabilities have integrated Apple devices and apps with accessibility features...
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After School I: iBook

This simple iBook is about after school activities. Each page has a clear image of an item from an activity the student does after school along with sounds...
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Siri and the Visually Impaired: Call Me Apple!

The following is originally from the Blind With Vision Blog. When Apple first introduced the voice assistant Siri with the iPhone 4S in 2011, I can tell you...
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My Birthday

In this iBook, the writer describes events that happen on their birthday. For each page, there is an image and text describing what they do on their birthday...
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Blindfold Games & Cerebral Palsy

Last week, I received an email from Jim H. telling me how much he enjoyed some of my games and that he thought the Talking Information Center interview was...
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Cinderella: iBook

In this iBook, the characters from the famous Disney book "Cinderella" are identified with their images and sounds that go along with the image. Readers are...
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The Alphabet Sound: iBook

In this iBook, each page has a letter of the alphabet with a corresponding object starting with that letter and a sound clip associated with the picture. For...

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