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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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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...
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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...
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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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...
Photo of BrailleSense Polaris braillenotetaker with a 32-cell refreshable Braille Display,Perkin's style keyboard.

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...
Photo of Braille Edge 40 and text, "So many braille displays. Which one is right for my student? Braille Edge 40"

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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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...
Photo of a BrailleSense Polaris: a Braille Notetaker with a 32-cell refreshable braille display,

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...
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...
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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...
Teacher holding a manual while instructing a student to use a three figner swipe command on the iPad.

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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Let's Go Digital: Using Braille Displays with Screen Readers

Many students who attend Short-Term Programs at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired rely on the use of Perkins braillers and braille...
Fingers on the screen of the BrailleNote Touch.

BrailleNote Touch Tutorial #10: Configuring Options

Greg Stilson demonstrates the layout and settings found in KeySoft's Options menu, as well as how to customize your Touch to your preference. Greg also...
Student sitting in her classroom using a BrailleNote Apex.

BrailleNote Apex: Secure Exam Mode

This snapshot video demonstrates how to use the BrailleNote Apex in the secure Exam Mode which allows the teacher to restrict the access of the Apex to be used...
Hands touching the BrailleNote Touch screen with the text, "BrailleNote Touch The future is so close you can touch it"

BrailleNote Touch Snapshot Tutorial #2: Viewing and Editing a Google Doc

Greg Stilson demonstrates how to navigate and edit a Google Doc using the BrailleNote Touch.  Greg also shares hints about his experiences using Google Docs...
Student's hands typing on the on-screen keyboard of the BrailleNote Touch

Introduction to BrailleNote Touch: Calibrating, Navigating and Word Processor

I think these 2 videos are fairly self-explanatory.  My student goes through the Key soft menu in the first video.  Anyone that has used a Humanware...