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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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National Chip and Dip Day: O&M Activity

National Chip and Dip Day is next Tuesday! (March 23rd) I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite holidays. And it makes for some fun lessons with students. I...
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Build a Mental Map of Campus

Your public or private school student has the opportunity to participate in summer school or an event at your school for the blind. (It is anticipated that...
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 2

This is the second post in a series about Braille Boom Cards. The first post, Braille Boom Cards, included three Braille Boom Decks – World Braille Day Boom...
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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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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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Zoom-Zoom: How to Magnify Zoom Chat on a Chromebook

During remote learning, many students are using Chromebooks to access virtual classes. A question that frequently comes up, is how to magnify the “chat”...
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Learning VoiceOver: Problem-Solving Activity

Before you can teach your student to use an iPad running VoiceOver, YOU - the teacher - need to learn the basics. For many TVIs, just thinking about using a...
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Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Mother's Perspective

In the first post, Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke, we followed 22 month old Luke through his first couple of months learning to use an iPad. In...
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Stanford Research on 'Zoom Fatigue' and Suggestions

Stanford has released the first peer-reviewed research on video conferencing platforms, frequently referred to as "Zoom Meetings". The research is specifically...
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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...
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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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Teaching a Virtual Class: Zoom Etiquette

Remote instruction can be challenging for all teachers, including teachers of students with visual impairments. Video meetings (e.g., Zoom meetings) tend to be...
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Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper

StudentAuthor: OP Assassin Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper: As a low vision student using a digital format is easier to use than paper. To start, a...
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Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages Part 2: Tactile Graphics vs. Raised Line Drawings

Looking for emerging reader activities? Here is another set of braille alphabet coloring pages - with lovable Disney characters! In a previous and popular post...
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Horseback Riding Book

Every young girl loves horses. In my family, horses are almost an obsession! This Horseback Riding Book has been created with horse-lovers in mind! When...
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NY Maps: Union Square and Washington Square Park

Have you ever wanted to learn more about New York City - known as the "city that never sleeps"? Here are two famous Big Apple areas: Union Square and...
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Compass Program: Informational Meeting and Registration

Questions about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session on February 10. We're now accepting applications for the 2021-22 session of Compass, our nine-month...
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Teaching the Number Line - Lesson and Tips (CVI)

Note: This is a guide to develop your own lessons, unit, and ideas with CVI adaptations as needed. Use it as a jumping off point.  Objectives Students...
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Alphabet Bubble Book: CVI Emerging Reader

Emerging readers need exposure to letters and phonics early - including emerging readers with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). This lowercase alphabet book...
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MiniVision2: A Simple Cell Phone for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The accessibility of the iPhone and Android devices is improving all the time and has become truly remarkable. On the other hand, the accessibility of basic...
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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...
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VoiceOver Teaching Strategies for Preschool TVIs

iPads are now an accepted tool in your TVI toolbox. You – the TVI – personally use tech daily for work and in your personal life. Your smart phone is your...
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Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision

Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to take two different online English classes and was able...
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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...
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Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials

Tactile images and adapting images to make them accessible in raised line form can be difficult hurtles, not to mention the time consumption they entail....
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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CVI and Assistive Technology

I recently presented on AT and CVI for Perkins CVI Now.  Assistive technology for children with CVI is a personal passion area of mine. Unfortunately, there is...
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Math Melodies App: Young Students

The Math Melodies app is a FREE fully accessible math app created specifically for students who are blind or low vision. The app covers a wide range of math...
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AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

Endangered animals and invasive species and MATH? This recently released iOS app incorporates motivating content used to build graphics literacy. Tasmanian...
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Tracking and Counting Using Emojis

It can be challenging to think of age-appropriate activities for students with CVI or for students who had additional disabilities. Jessica McDowell, TVI...
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Ballyland Stay Still Squeaky App: Following Directions and Independence

Students giggle as Squeaky rolls in the sand, slides through the mud, plays in paint and more! How dirty can Squeaky get? Stay Still Squeaky is a cute auditory...
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Braille Boom Cards

Boom Cards are digital, self-checking, interactive activities. Boom is a platform which enables teachers to purchase, find and/or create digital activities for...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....

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