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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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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...
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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...
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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...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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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...
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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...
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Accessibility Overview Workbook Series 4: Dictation

In this workbook series we will learn how to access basic accessibility features on a mobile device running iOS (iPad/iPhone). Today’s lesson will cover...
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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,...
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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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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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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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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...
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Braille Tutor: App Review (Updated)

I am always on the look-out for fun ways to teach/practice braille skills. For print students, there are literally hundreds of educational apps that encourage...
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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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Zoey the Dog: iBook

This month, my third grade student created a digital book about her dog Zoey. This book served several purposes. Addressing IEP goals to engage in writing,...
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TVI, O&M or Parent? We need testers!

ObjectiveEd, our new company building curriculum-based games for pre-K through 12th grade students, needs testers for the new games. Our first few games are...
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Free Hadley Tutorial Videos

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has created iFocus videos - short and easy-to-follow videos on on the accessibility features of Apple...
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Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Digital Creative Writing

Crisp, cool weather means colorful leaves, hay rides, and pumpkins! Classrooms are decorated with spider webs, pumpkins and corn stalks. These fall themes can...
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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...
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FlickType Keyboard

FlickType helps everyone type effortlessly, regardless of visual ability. The keyboard’s innovative, award-winning technology and accessible design makes...
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Video Demonstration of Editing Using Bluetooth Keyboard

Diane Brauner shares a video showing how to edit, answer and manipulate a Google Docs homework document using a bluetooth keyboard.  This video demonstrates...
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SoftSchools: Free online games, worksheets and quizzes

SoftSchools.com provides free online games, worksheets and quizzes on a variety of topics, all organized by grade level. SoftSchools Topics  Math Math...
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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...
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Pages: iOS 11

The Pages app had a major overhaul in iOS 11. If you are like me, it is hard to find time to explore all the new features on your own! As an educator with a...
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AccessNote Will No Longer Be Supported

AFB announcement 2/14/18: When AccessNote was released in 2013 we were proud to be the first fully accessible note-taking app available. We are excited to find...
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iPads and Preparing for Productivity

Woohoo! I just got an iPad! This is awesome! Err... wait a second, is this it?  What do I do now? The above is likely to be something all of us have thought at...
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QR Codes: Making Books and Worksheets Accessible!

QR Codes are exciting new teaching tools that can be used to make educational materials accessible! Teaching Superkids has created bundles of QR Codes with...
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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...
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Talking Typer App: Custom Lessons

Typing skills for visually impaired students are essential for a variety of reasons.  The top reasons include:  a.) an alternative for handwriting, b.) skills...
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Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the...
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Book Creator App to iBooks

The Book Creator app is one of my favorite apps to use for students of all developmental levels with Visual Impairments. For students with visual impairments...
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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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Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...
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Digital Transitions #3: Editing Tech Skills & Activities

It is close to the end of the school year, which means test taking time.   Many students who are visually impaired or blind were given online, adaptive...
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Using VoiceOver with Book Creator: A Blind Student's Experience

As a part of one of my secondary student's summer school assignment, one of she created the first half of an iBook about her community mobility based field...
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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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Using Dictation in the Classroom: Mac OS and IOS

Dictation is a voice-to-text feature giving students the ability to talk to his/her device rather than type.  Dictation is available anytime there is text...

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