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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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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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ABC's of iOS: VoiceOver for Kids 3 - 8 Course

Perkins is offering a 6 module (12 weeks) course on how to introduce young children to an iPad running VoiceOver. The online modules are video tutorials...
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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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Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

What do calculators, extended keyboards, bank machines, adding machines, checkout at registers, door locks, and phone have in common? Numpads! (Also known as...
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Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson can be adapted to any age group from about five years and above. You will see this in many of my lessons, why, because this is a tool, use it to...
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Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Teams

Microsoft Teams is one of several popular learning platforms students and vision professionals are learning to use to learn and interact together in a virtual/...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Quick Assist

Hey everybody, this is now my second post in a new "Virtual Learning Starter Kit" series of posts that I hope to continue with over the course of the school...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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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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Chromebook and Low Vision: Maximizing Success

Since learning has gone online in most places across the country, I am getting many questions about what the best Chromebook setup is for a student with low...
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Review: Snap and Read

It seems that many teachers and educational administrators’ daily lives now consist of a substantial amount of time researching and testing technological...
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Railway Hero: Accessible Digital Math Game

Join the CyberSquad on a mission to repair the Super Railway after pieces of its track were stolen by the Villain Hacker. This game follows the CyberChase PBS...
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Virtual Instruction: Accessibyte Apps

Accessibyte Online is a series of accessible educational games designed specifically for students who are visually impaired or blind. Accessibyte is compatible...
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Tech Standards for Students with VIB: What's Happening

Students with visual impairments and blindness are successfully using technology in the classroom and it is exciting to see how technology has a positive...
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Kodu-Programming as a Creative Medium

Kodu- Programming as a Creative Medium Kodu game development software allows kids to create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language...
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JAWS Topics: Phonetic Announcement

JAWS contains an auditory feedback feature called "phonetic announcement" that is both useful to some users and annoying to others.  Today, I will provide a...
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The Learning with Computers textbook series

The Learning with Computers textbook series Once the basics of BVI computer use are mastered, a curriculum is necessary for computer courses. It is...
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A Quick and Easy Guide to basic, crucial keyboard shortcuts for using Windows computers

A Quick and Easy Guide to basic, crucial keyboard shortcuts for using Windows computers (Note: the + symbol is used to show key presses in sequence, “...
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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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New Internet Keyboard Commands for iPad OS

Individual apps often offer their own keyboard shortcut commands. To find the available shortcuts, while in the app press and hold the Command key - a popup...
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JAWS Topics: FINDing your way around a Word document

Hey y'all, it's been a while since I last posted but I am excited to get back at it today! I wanted to share a tip or strategy for navigating long Word...
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Accessibility Bugs in iOS 13

iOS 13 will be publicly released on September 19, 2019. Beta testers have been evaluating and reporting accessibility bugs and Apple developers are working...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
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Keyboarding for Young Children

Earlier this summer, I participated in a summer camp and one of the duties I was assigned was to introduce pre-K and early elementary BVI students to computer...
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JAWS Topics: Navigating Menu Bars

In this post, I am going to build upon the basic navigation skills outlined in my previous JAWS Topics post.  We will be providing some information on how to...
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JAWS Topics: Basic Navigation

In order to become an independent screen reader user on the computer, you will need to know how to navigate.  Today, I will discuss the most basic skills for...
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JAWS Topics Series Announcement & First Post: Typing Feedback

JAWS Topics Series Announcement Hi there y'all! Allen here from Nashville.  I wanted to put it out there that I have decided that there's no better time than...
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Improved View in MS Word!

Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in the world, a productivity juggernaut of a program within the Microsoft Office suite.  Inevitably, we are all...
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All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired...
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Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired Student to Type?

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Strategies for Teaching Touch Typing to Students with Visual Impairments...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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Typio's fun winter-themed update!

Typio by Accessibyte is a fully accessible typing tutor which guides students through the whole keyboard. Students can learn from the 45 included lessons, or...
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Two Tips for iOS Voiceover Users

Hey there folks, today I wanted to share two tips with you that address annoyances that I ran into when I was working on braille displays and keyboards with my...
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WebbIE, the accessible text browser

WebbIE is a freely available text-only web browser for the visually impaired. WebbIE browses web pages, searches the web, allows for filling in forms,...
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Essential Keyboard Commands for JAWS

There are hundreds of JAWS keyboard commands. You probably can't learn them all and even if you did you would quickly forget them. What subset is essential for...
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Chromebooks: FAQs for TVIs

What are they?  A very common device in classrooms for going online and completing curricular activities. Most classrooms use 9 or 11 inch Chromebooks....
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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Web Design

I am not sure how many tech practitioners out there in blog land have taught web design to the blind and visually impaired but for those who have considered it...
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Using the Applications Key... With or Without the Key!

Setting the "context" for this post As a visual user of the computer, I use a mouse to move a visual cursor around the screen to click on different items on...

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