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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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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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'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...
Glad I am not a turkey poem.

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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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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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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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....
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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...
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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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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...
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BrailleNote Touch Snapshot Tutorial #8: Creating, Editing and Deleting Contacts with KeyList

Greg Stilson demonstrates how the BrailleNote Touch keeps your contacts synchronized.  Learn how to add, edit or delete contacts which will then be updated...
Hands on the BrailleNote Touch screen typing in UEB math equations.

BrailleNote Touch: UEB Math

This short video demonstrates how to write math problems using UEB. Nemeth Code is not available at this time on the Touch, but my students have learned the...
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...
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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...
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BrailleNote Touch Snapshot Tutorial #1: Main Menu and intro to the Playstore

Humanware is creating snapshot tutorials for the new BrailleNote Touch.  The BrailleNote Touch is the first Google certified Braille Tablet. This introductory...
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...