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Season-Themed Summary Post

Educators are always searching for ways to make lessons fresh and exciting. Embedding seasonal activities provides creative learning opportunities while...
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Turkey Activities: Front and Side View Tactile Graphics

Gobble, Gobble! What turkey-related activities are you planning this November? Turkey Coloring Graphics As always, introduce a realistic (3 dimensional)...
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Building World Concepts 2: Cruise Ship

In the first Building World Concepts post, first grade Logan examines a tactile graphic of a bus and then then follows his grandma and Noni's travels through...
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1st Day of Preschool: ePub Book

Social media blows up at the beginning of each school year as thousands of "first day" of school pictures are uploaded and shared. First day activities often...
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Updated Braille Blocks for CodeSnaps App

Students are back in school and coding activities are in full swing. Why are kids so excited about coding? Part of the appeal is the challenge and reward of...
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Building World Concepts with Tactile Graphics

Remember sitting down with the family to watch slides after the grandparents went on vacation? Fast forward to 21st century grandparents - who FaceTime from...
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 4

TVI Jeanette Norman has created and shared free cane and braille-related Boom Decks for students with low vision. Her latest Boom Card Deck shares three...
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Map Explore: Using Customized Questions

It just keeps getting better and better! As an O&M, I am so excited to be able to create customized questions to go along with my customized map! These...
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Shenandoah National Park Vacation: Experience Book

Just how important are emerging reader books, especially books about the student? Creating books about things the student is interested in or things the...
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Labeling Images: Parts of a Bat Lesson

Remember that biology class when you had to label the various parts of the frog? Or when you learned the circulatory system and had to label all the veins in...
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California Map Lesson 1

Adapting assignments is a huge piece of the TVI puzzle! Jessica, TVI extraordinaire, shares how she created a base map of her state and used this map to...
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How I Use the Apple Pencil with Low Vision

When I recently upgraded to the iPad Air 4th Generation (also known as the Model A2316), I decided to get the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation, as my friend had...
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Pumpkin Life Cycle Lesson: Presentation (Powerpoint)

Young students are embedding technology skills into daily classroom activities. Use these pumpkin-themed activities to reinforce concepts, reading/writing...
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Halloween Suduko Part 2: Tactile Graphics

In the original (and very popular!) post, Halloween Suduko Puzzle: Grids and Tables, we learned how to create an accessible Suduko table for the iPad and how...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 8: Multiple Pumpkin Worksheets

Now that we know how to quickly create a variety of preschool and early elementary worksheets, let's quickly create themed worksheets to teach a variety of...
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Spider Activities

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning colors, school has started and classrooms are diving into fall themed activities! Here are some creepy crawling...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 8: Same and Different Worksheets

In the recent tactile graphics series, preschool and early elementary worksheets have been used to teach common concepts. These worksheets can be easily...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 7: Color the Picture Worksheet

This series focuses on how to create tactile educational materials using simple software and a tactile graphics machine, such as a PIAF or Swell machine. The...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 6: Characters and Counting

In the previous post, Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 5: Shapes, we continued the discussion on creating simple preschool and early elementary worksheets...
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CVI Presentation for Classroom Teachers

Perfect for back-to-school gen ed training, this CVI PowerPoint presentation introduces staff to Cortical Visual Impairments (CVI) and teaching students with...
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Back to School with Bookshare!

Back to school has started and Bookshare is helping teachers prepare their classrooms for students with special needs. Bookshare's free guide, Launch Into...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 4: Maze Worksheets

Preschool and kindergarten classrooms are full of worksheets with fun images to color, find, circle, count, etc. Students with vision are learning and...
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Back to School Activity: Accessible Find My Friend

As an O&M, I frequently start the school year with a quick talk to my kindergarten/early elementary student's class. Typically, I share about O&M and...
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Creating Digital Images Part 2: 3 Braille Tips

The first post in this series, Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines Part 1, we learned how to trace and/or mark up an image of worksheet or...
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Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
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Multiplication Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity

The very first set of NaviLens tags designed to help create Super Flashcards is now available free from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to the generosity of the...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
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Ice Cube Tray Math Activities: Greater Than and Graphing

Graphs are used to present information in a simple way and are used to easily compare information. “Graphing is an important math tool. It is a simple way to...
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Spatial Tech Standards 2: Rows

In the first Spatial Tech Standards post, we learned various hands-on activities and apps that can be used to teach spatial terms. This post will focus on the...
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Sonification Summary Page

Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. In a nutshell, sounds have meaning. For decades, sonification has been...
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Creating a Non-Visual Digital Map: Video Tutorial

Are you working with a student/client and want to create a customized non-visual digital map? Do you want to add just the information relevant for a specific O...
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Making Geology Accessible: Free Tactile Image Files

Do you have a student studying rocks, volcanoes, atmosphere, soils, glaciers, water or ecosystems? Geoscience or Earth science is the study of all fields of...
Second grade boy wearing a mask learning over a computer listening to audio graphs. Text, "Demos: Audio Graphs"

Desmos Audio Tracing: Introducing Sonified Graphs

Digital math. (sigh) If you are a teacher of the visually impaired, your first experiences trying to teach math concepts with digital resources was probably...
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Tactile to Digital Part 5: Addition and Subtraction

This is the fifth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 4: Positions in a Table

This is the fourth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 2: Math Melodies

This is the second post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In the first...
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Spatial Tech Standards 1: Directional Terms

This series is designed to show how a tablet (in this case an iPad, but the same is true with any tablet) can be used to systematically teach critical...
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"Dictionary" Skills and Tech

Are you teaching dictionary skills to your students? In third grade, the Common Core dictates that students learn to use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,...
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Tech Standards: Adding Image Descriptions to iOS Photos

Mainstream National Technology standards require students to add photos and images to documents and slide presentations, which is typically introduced in First...
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Tech Standards: Accessing Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver

Young students are being introduced to technology way before kindergarten. Students who are blind and low vision often access teacher-created books and...

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