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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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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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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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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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Bookshare's #AllInTogether Summer Read-a-thon

Get #AllInTogether for Summer Reading Are you looking for fun and EASY ways to keep your child or students learning this summer? Bookshare’s #AllInTogether ...
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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
BrailleSense Polaris braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin’s style keyboard & small LCD display.

BrailleSense Polaris: April 2020 Firmware Upgrade

This month, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris firmware upgrade. Since my students use Google Drive to access and share files, they were highly...
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HumanWare Buddy App

Are you struggling how to use a HumanWare product? Looking for step-by-step guides and videos? HumanWare just released the free HumanWare Buddy App to assist...
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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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Highlights from the ATIA 2020 Conference about APH Braille Products

I was very impressed with APH’s two new refreshable braille displays that will be released this year. The Chameleon 20 and Mantis Q40 will be available on...
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension

As educators, we often teach basic reading skills, such as identifying letters, words, building vocabulary and spelling. However, when was the last time you...
Active Braille, a concave 40-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard with a bar keys

Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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Introducing the Orbit Teacher Platform

Press release submitted to Paths to Technology by Orbit Research.  SONIPAT, INDIA – October 15, 2019 –  Orbit Research announced the launch of the Orbit...
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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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Using a Braille Display on iOS: An Introduction

AppleVis continues to be a wonderful resource for learning about Apple products and the accessibility of these products. Scott Davert reports about using a...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Seven

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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BrailleSense Polaris: Troubleshooting Tips from Tech Support

This month, I attended a training presented by Jonathon Taylor, Tech Support Specialist from HIMS Inc. about braille devices. The TVIs at the organization...
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BrailleSense Polaris: Using Google Classroom

Google Classroom, one of the many google suite products available to users of the Polaris, is an app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store onto any...
BrailleSense Polaris  notetaker: 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin’s style keyboard with small LCD display & 2 keys.

Exploring the BrailleSense Polaris: Help Menu

Updated post: Documents added 8/3/19 As a TVI, one of my primary roles is to teach students with visual impairment self- advocacy skills. My students need to...
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BrailleSense Polaris: Check Spelling

BrailleSense Polaris is a braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin'sstyle keyboard with a backspace and enter key, and a small LCD...
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BrailleNote User Group

Calling all BrailleNote users! Do you have questions or want to learn more about BrailleNotes? This BrailleNote family user group has recently been formed!...
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BrailleSense Polaris: May 2019 Firmware update

Last week, HIMS released a firmware update for the BrailleSense Polaris. One of the major updates allows an individual to copy a file from the internal storage...
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One-Handed Braille Entry to Windows Computers

I’ve got a neat new tip to share with y’all today, and it’s all because my student was confident enough to speak up and correct me after I made an incorrect...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Three

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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BrailleNote Touch: A Glaring Missing Feature

Setting the scene In my work with the Tennessee School for the Blind, I work with many of our classroom teachers regularly to figure out new and improved...
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Orbit Reader 20: Translating a File Created on the Orbit to Print

  NOTE: Prior to reading this article, you may wish to review previous articles in this series: Layout and Menu Structure of the Orbit Reader 20 File Structure...
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Orbit Reader 20: Editing Basics

In the first article in this series, we introduced the layout of the Orbit Reader and proceeded into the basic menu structure.  In the second article, we...
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The BrailleSense Polaris: Google Apps - Uploading & Downloading Documents

One of the reasons my students use the Braille Sense Polaris is because the braille notetaker uses Google applications to directly access Google Chrome, Docs,...
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Exploring the BrailleSense Polaris: Terminal Clipboard

The BraillseSense Polaris has a terminal clipboard to cut and paste text from a document saved to the internal storage system of the Polaris to another device...
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Brailliant BI14: Refreshable Braille Display/Notetaker

Students are becoming tech savvy at early ages - including students who are emerging braille readers. These young students, with their small fingers and hands...
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Google Classroom and Braille Note Touch Bug?

Several users have mentioned new issues with the Braille Note Touch and Google Classroom. One issue is that the focus jumps back to the top. Are you having any...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
Photograph of the BrailleSense Polaris braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin’s style keyboard.

The BrailleSense Polaris: Using the Word Processor

The BrailleSense Polaris is a 32 cell braille notetaker with many features, including a fully functional Word Processor that provides access to a variety of...
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Using Technology to Access the Song "Here Comes the Sun"

The first evening of summer, the song “Here Comes the Sun” popped into my head, as I reflected over the school year and the progress one of my student’s has...
Two braille Devices, BrailleSense Polaris and Actilino.

An overview of Braille Devices

Introduction Whether you are a blind user searching for the refreshable braille device that best meets your needs, a parent looking for a device for your...
Chrome Accessibility: Using ChromeVox on your Chromebook: Fundamentals

Using ChromeVox on Your Chomebook: Video Tutorials

Many schools are using Chromebooks in the classroom and teachers of the visually impaired are asking for information on how to access Chromebooks with a screen...
BrailleSense Polaris

Intro to BrailleSense Polaris

In July 2017, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris, a modern braille notetaker that runs on the Android operating system and the Polaris Office Suite which...
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Braille Sense U2

This blog will tell you what I think are the best features of the Braille Sense U2. This device can be complicated at first. My model has a 32 cell braille...
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Smart Developments in Braille Technology

For quite a while, assistive technology devices produced for students with visual impairments and blindness have tended to be dedicated devices.  That is, they...
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New on Paths to Technology: Software Updates and Curriculum Pages!

We are excited to announce two new sections on Paths to Technology!  Have questions about new features in iOS 10, TalkBack, NVDA, JAWS, Windows 10 and other...

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