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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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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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Virtual Learning Tips for Visually Impaired Learners

After several weeks of distance learning, I have made note of the things that can be done to enhance the learning experience for our students with visual...
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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Zoom 101: Basic Steps for Using Zoom

In recent times, there has been a huge increase in the use of video conferencing software.  So many educators and other professionals have been required to...
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Tech Lesson Week #1: Presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote)

This is a perfect time for students with visual impairments to learn and master new tech skills; having strong tech skills will have a significant, lasting...
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Virtual Instruction: Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Zoom is a leader in accessible video and audio conferencing. With school closures, educators are turning to Zoom as a means to provide virtual instruction....
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Creating Videos with Visual Impairments

Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade,...
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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
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Digital Transitions #4: Bar Charts (Fall Leaf Activity)

All students initially learn best through hands-on activities. Go into any early elementary classroom and observe students during math class using counting...
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Google Meet and Screen Share

Many school systems are going to G Suite for Education, which allow educators and students to collaborate using technology and share opportunities for learning...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...
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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...

Live Edits in Google Docs

Google Docs "live edits" - the ability to make real-time changes in a document by collaborators - is now accessible to users who rely on a screen reader (...
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Read Books from Bookshare in Apple Books

Bookshare, a huge resource for students who are visually impaired, is an accessible FREE online library for students with print disabilities. Recently,...
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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...
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Reading Efficiently with a Screen Reader: Headings

Educational content is strategicially organized and formatted into sections. This helps readers to quickly find specific things and to mentally organize the...
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Google Search Tips

Google Search is defined as a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, handling...
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Accessible Periodic Table: Website

Periodic Table is defined as, "A table of the chemical elements arranged in order of atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties;...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
Welcome to Making Progress Monitoring Easier through Google Forms by Yvonne Franz

Progress Monitoring with Google Forms

Using Google forms for progress monitoring has made my life much simpler. Being able to have the form on an iPad or phone allows for quick access and easier...
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Technology Lesson Plans: Excel and PowerPoint

Classrooms are fully embracing technology in early elementary grades. Sighted kindergarten and first grade students might be drawing simple graphs and charts...
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Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Many schools have now become 'Google Classrooms', meaning students and teachers have 1:1 devices and those devices are running Google products.  "Google...
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Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
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Creating Digital Accessible Materials Workshop

Your VI students are using technology successfully, but are you and your general education teachers creating accessible materials? Learn how to create...
Uncover the little-known, "hidden" keyboard shortcut commands!

Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2: Students with Low Vision

Most students - and teachers - use mainstream keyboard shortcut commands to quickly navigate and interact with a computer.  Keyboard shortcut commands, such as...
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Shared Notes on the iPad

Another discovery that I made working with one of my students is the use of Shared Notes.  Within the Notes app on the ipad, live notes can be shared and...
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Hi-Tech LEGOs

The classic LEGO bricks have now gone Hi-Tech in the classroom!  Built on Common Core and state English Language Arts Standards, LEGO Education StoryStarter is...