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Kindergarten student following a cruise ship path through the Adriatic Sea with text, "Cruise Ship Tactile Graphics!"

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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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...
22 month old Luke standing using a 1-finger tap to start an iPad app.

Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke

The pandemic changed traditional educational services for toddlers with visual impairments, but one dedicated mom and innovative preschool TVI created their...
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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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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...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Reading Independent Titles with Kindle Unlimited

Recently, one of my former teachers self-published a novel on Amazon, and my friend asked me if I would be able to read it in an accessible format. Luckily, I...
Screenshot of Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss cover and text, "Hop on Pop Review"

Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha According to the Wolfram Alpha website, “Wolfram Alpha is a unique online engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 4

Let the student drive It is important to let your student be the person interacting with the device during practice sessions. The ability to control when...
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Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
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Zoey the Dog: iBook

This month, my third grade student created a digital book about her dog Zoey. This book served several purposes. Addressing IEP goals to engage in writing,...
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How to Embrace Assistive Technology with Limited Funding

In the middle of the night on November 14th, 2016, I started a website called Veronica With Four Eyes and published my first ten posts about free and low cost...
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Digital Books for Beginning Readers

Beginning print and braille readers benefit from reading books with predictable text or repetitive text. A book with predictable text contains repetitive...
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Welcome to Wyatt's House: O&M lesson

The challenge put forth to me was to create a mobility lesson while using a high tech app. Imagine my student, a 2 year old child who is totally blind trailing...
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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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Fisher Price Storybook Rhymes Accessibility Review

Fisher Price has created three free read and sing along nursery rhyme apps - perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are ready to interact with an...
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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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TumbleBooks for Low Vision Review

Many libraries have started providing eBooks for cardholders- read more about digital library resources here. While many eBook titles available are targeted at...
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...
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The Basics of Book Creator for the Web

The Basics In the past I have completed several blogs about the Book Creator app.  However, about six months ago the developers created a web based version...
A man's hands: one hand holding a vitamin jar & other hand holding a Talking Wand - a pen-like tool.

Talking Wand

The world is filled with written word. I discovered this awesome tool to help my students bring words to voice with the touch of a wand. The wand is used to...
Screenshot of Feelif Graph: Sine graph with wavy lines above and below the horizontal axis.

Feelif Creator: Review

Feelif Creator is an adapted tablet (currently a Samsung Galazy Tablet) with special accessible apps that combine haptics (vibrations), sounds, an embossed...
Image of the book cover "The Biggest Snowman Ever", QR code, and text, "Snowman Stories QR Codes".

Snowman Stories: QR Codes

Read aloud stories (video books) and QR codes is a popular way to turn students on to the joy of books. These stories are also a great opportunities to support...
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Accessible Digital Picture Books for Preschoolers

Just like their peers, young students with visual impairments and blindness are being introduced to technology at a very early age. Exposure to books -...
"Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend" with Goodreads logo and a cartoon worm wearing glasses holding an open book.

Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend

I don't know about where you are, but here it's colder than a politician’s heart! Seriously, though the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, it's...
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RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
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QR Codes and Children's Video Books

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading award winning children's books. These riveting video books are free! Teacher guides/...
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Seeing AI - How About that Handwriting Feature?

Introduction I remember when OCR (optical character recognition) was a relatively new thing.  Of course, then you needed a scanner and special software that...
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Book Creator App to iBooks

The Book Creator app is one of my favorite apps to use for students of all developmental levels with Visual Impairments. For students with visual impairments...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
Screenshot of the Mac's Siri Set up page with set up options.

Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
Toddler sitting at a kitchen table with his finger on a glowing iPad screen.

Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...

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