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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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Google Docs Accessibility Upgrade!

Classrooms often use inline suggestions when participating in group assignments that require sharing a Google Document. In addition, teachers frequently make...
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Teacher's Pet Online: APH Online Quiz Tool

Teacher's Pet Online is a free, accessible tool to create and share practice materials, quizzes and tests. The tool works with your platform's screen reader...
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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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Kids Listen Podcast: Practicing Tech Skills

Want to spice up your tech lessons and incorporate educational skills at the same time? This creative Assitive Technology Specialist used the engaging Kids...
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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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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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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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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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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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Christmas Alphabet Book

Alphabet books are among a child's first exposures to read aloud books and are important first steps to reading. Students with visual impairments should also...
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Gus the Ghost and Thanksgiving Poem: Reading Comprehension Activities

What happens when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all mixed together? Find out in this whacky poem! These activities can be done on any device; the...
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Creating Accessible Books Using Pages

Emerging readers should have access to fun digital books - just like their peers! The books can be read aloud to the student, the student can listen to the...
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BrailleBuzz App Review

Teachers are buzzing about APH's new beginning braille letter app, BrailleBuzz! This is a sister app to the popular stand-alone BrailleBuzz toy. Both games...
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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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Rainbow Cat Book: Emerging Reader

Emerging readers should be flooded with interesting books and these books should be available in various formats! Preschoolers love to do the same activity...
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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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Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
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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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Amazon Children's Books and Audio Stories are Free

During COVID-19 school closures, Amazon has made their books and audio stories for children and students of all ages FREE - no subscription! Books can be...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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Crosby, Service Dog in Training: iBook

Read all about Crosby, a seven month old Golden Retriever in training with the Wildcat Service Dog Program in Lexington, Kentucky. After a year of training in...
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Objective Ed: How it works

To help students with visual impairments during this crisis, ObjectiveEd is providing free access to their digital curriculum to schools and teachers to use...
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Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity

All students need to learn to use commas and have opportunities to practice using commas. Quite often braille students who are pulled out for language arts,...
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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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Epic! App Review

As educators, finding good children’s books is essential to developing literacy in students.  The Epic! app allows educators to provide students access to...
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Alphabetic Word Sign Book for Early Readers

My student has been learning to read high frequency words in braille and alphabetic word signs. She’s had the greatest success reading teacher created...
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Christmas Themed Book for Early Readers: Noelle's Christmas Tree

In first grade, my student has been learning to visually read lists of sight words. In braille, she practices reading some of the same high frequency words, as...
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ObjectiveEd Apps: Part 1

If you have attend a conference in the last year or so, you have probably met Marty Schultz, founder of the Blindfold apps and co-founder of ObjectiveEd. Marty...
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Digital Thanksgiving Book for Early Readers

This month, my student and I created a book about what she is a thankful for using the Book Creator app on an iPad. My student dictated the sentences for the...
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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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Noelle's Pumpkin: Fall Themed Digital Book for Early Readers

This month, I created a pumpkin themed book for my first grade dual media learner using the Book Creator App. Since she loves cats, I wrote a simple story...
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Going Nuts about a New School Year

Ask your student his/her "resolutions" for the new school year! This fun activity can be done with an individual student as an O&M or VI lesson or with the...
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Digital Book for First Grade Dual Media Learner

This school year, I am attempting to expedite the process of making digital books for my student. I want her to be able to access them independently on her...
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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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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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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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What Can Swim?

This year, I created over thirty digital accessible books for one of my students using the Book Creator App. Attached is the final book I created using...
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Voice Dream Scanner and Voice Dream Reader Demo

Voice Dream Reader is a popular and fully accessible reading tool for students with vision impairments, dyslexia or other print disabilities. Voice Dream...
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: iBook

Here is a free, fully accessible iBook dedicated to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. This iBook explains the purpose behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the...

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