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Screenshot of a print image created with GoodNotes and sim braille for a tactile graphics machine.

Creating Digital Images Part 2: 3 Braille Tips

The first post in this series, Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines Part 1, we learned how to trace and/or mark up an image of worksheet or...
Image of large playing cards on black background playing War; text, "War: Greater than and Less than"

Cards for Learning Math: CVI

TVI Lisha Yoch shares how to use the card game War to reinforce the math concepts greater than, less than and equals. Choosing the right deck of cards is...
Screenshot of GoodNotes app and counting game with text, "Creating Tactile Graphics Using GoodNotes App"

Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines, Part 1

We know that students need tactile graphics to learn new concepts and we have been looking at a variety of tools used to create tactile graphics. (See Tactile...
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Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
APH flashcard with NaviLens tag and text, "Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity"

Multiplication Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity

The very first set of NaviLens tags designed to help create Super Flashcards is now available free from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to the generosity of the...
Image of a Mac computer with text, "Getting started with VoiceOver".

Getting Started on a Mac with VoiceOver: Teaching Students

I often receive emails from TVIs (and students) who are new to MacOS and VoiceOver. Yes, learning a new system with a screen reader can be overwhelming! There...
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Teacher's Pet Online: APH Online Quiz Tool

Teacher's Pet Online is a free, accessible tool to create and share practice materials, quizzes and tests. The tool works with your platform's screen reader...
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3D Printing the Universe

Despite our very limited abilities to travel to distant objects in outer space that can be thousands of light years — if not millions or billions of light...
Tactile Doodle,Tactile Graphics Kit, Draftsman and Swell Machine with text, Tactile Graphic Tools

Tactile Graphic Tools

Drawing engages your student's imagination to become more active. Each time he/she draws or creates, they access their imagination and make physical...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
graphing activity using two ice cube trays and counting bears in two columns along with associated questions.

Ice Cube Tray Math Activities: Greater Than and Graphing

Graphs are used to present information in a simple way and are used to easily compare information. “Graphing is an important math tool. It is a simple way to...
Print and tactile graphic machine file of Engineering Design Process Cycle Chart & text, "Using Word to create diagrams."

Creating Tactile Graphic Machine Images with Word: Cycle Chart

"Work smart not harder!" That has to be my motto after working from home during the pandemic. One classic tool that many TVIs are taking advantage of - now...
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Braille Blaster 2.0 Update

APH's free braille translation program has received a significant update! Braille Blaster now has 6-key entry mode rather than a dialog. Also improvements with...
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Spatial Tech Standards 2: Rows

In the first Spatial Tech Standards post, we learned various hands-on activities and apps that can be used to teach spatial terms. This post will focus on the...
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Accessible Resources

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Hubble Space Telescope. Chandra detects X-ray light from very hot (millions...
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College STEM Survey

Are you a college student who reads braille? Have you taken a college STEM course? If so, we would like to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for a...
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Braille Math Editor: JAWS and Fusion

The recent JAWS and Fusion update includes support for reading math equations. The following is from Freedom Scientific's website: Braille Math Editor JAWS...
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Geometry and Tactile Graphics for Students in Grades 3 to 8

Do you have a braille student who is or will soon be taking geometry? Here is a free opportunity to brush up on your TVI-related geometry skills in order to...
Moore Square Map with sonified street highlighted and text, "Map Explore: Digital Maps with Sonified Streets!"

Map Explore: Sneak Peak at a New O&M Game

Going somewhere new? What is the first thing you do? Open your favorite map app and learn about the area and preplan your route. But, what do you do if you are...
Mystery Box and math cubes with text, "Nemeth in a Box."

Nemeth in a Box: Summer Program for Middle School Students

Do you have a middle school student who reads braille? Does your student need to work on their Nemeth or math skills? Does your student like games and puzzles...
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Making Geology Accessible: Free Tactile Image Files

Do you have a student studying rocks, volcanoes, atmosphere, soils, glaciers, water or ecosystems? Geoscience or Earth science is the study of all fields of...
Photo of two iPads opened to VoiceOver Practice page and two hands making the 1-finger tap gesture. Text: Synchronized Swimming

Practicing Gestures: Synchronized Swimming Activity

Rote practice is boring! Synchronized swimming is a fun way to practice your VoiceOver gestures, learn what the gestures do, and to build muscle memory. This...
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Tools Used by Blind Scientists

Dr. Mona Samer Minkara is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University. Her specific area of interest is ". . .better understanding the...
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Tactile to Digital Part 5: Addition and Subtraction

This is the fifth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
Fiinger dragging across a tactile table overlay on the iOS game, Absolute Positions; text, "Tactile Overlay for a Digital Table"

Tactile to Digital Part 4: Positions in a Table

This is the fourth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 3: Creating a Tactile Overlay On the Go!

What if you are in the middle of a tech lesson and your student would benefit from a tactile overlay of the iPad screen? This post shows two quick and easy...
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...
Tactile graphic of Math Robot screen with braille beside the app with text, "Tactile to Digital: Math Robot"

Tactile to Digital Part 1: Math Robot

Math fact drills with a twist: APH's Math Robot app and it's humorous robot jokes! Students will laugh along with the "know-it-all" math robot and may even...
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BrailleSense 6 Overview: Video Tutorial

This faster and more robust BrailleSense has 32 braille cell with cursor routers and Android 10 operating system. This is an excellent video tutorial by Jenny...
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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...
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"Dictionary" Skills and Tech

Are you teaching dictionary skills to your students? In third grade, the Common Core dictates that students learn to use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,...
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AtYourLevel Podcast: Invite to Talk

Update: April 5, 2021 Ari's recent podcast covers the exciting topic, Video Games! Ari interviews Minecraft's Rebecca Gordius who shares the inside scoop,...
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National Coding Symposium 2021

Hosted by APH ConnectCenter and the California School for the Blind, the free virtual National Coding Symposium will demonstrate how the world of coding,...
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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...
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How to Run Effective Web Searches

How to Run Effective Web Searches Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays and...
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Squigz: Toy to Promote Improvement of Developmental Skills and Independence

Squigz by Fat BrainToys are a fun multi-sensory toy that can help support many developmental skills. As a TVI, part of the job is to be creative in our...
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Braille Display and iOS 14.4 bug

If you or your student uses a braille display with an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS 14.4!  Currently, there is a bug with iOS 14.4 that is causing users to...
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Tech Standards: Navigating a Table Using JAWS

All students are introduced to simple tables in general education kindergarten classrooms in paper/pencil (or tactile) formats which quickly transition to...
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...

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