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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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Virtual Graduation

Virtual Graduation Our school, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, is a residential school like many state schools for the blind and visually...
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Google Meet/Hangouts as a Visually Impaired User

In times like this in society, the visually impaired community needs a way to remain socially distant yet a way to communicate with people in their daily lives...
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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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How to Keep Your Zoom Meetings Safe

With all the school closures, video conference calls have become the new normal for educators working virtually with students and for educators to connect with...
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Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms

Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms This post is related to a previous post Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic. Our school decided to use...
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Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic

Learning Management Systems for the BVI in the Age of Pandemic With the new forced paradigm in this world of distance learning, our school, like almost every...
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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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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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Virtual Schools: Serving Students in Online Education

As a vision teacher/Orientation & Mobility Specialist working for a private non-profit agency, I have had the opportunity to work with several virtual...
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One Button Shortcuts for Common Chromebook Functions

A common struggle for students with limited motor skills (gross and/ or fine) is meeting the expectation of using a laptop in a 1:1 Chromebook school. There...
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How Web Accessibility Impacts My Life with Low Vision

For the last few days, I haven't left my dorm very much. But during that time, I have been able to do the following: Read a virtual library book on George...
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A11Y Project

According to the A11Y Project website, "Accessibility can be a complex and difficult topic. The Accessibility Project understands this and wants to help make...
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From a Distance Part 3: Screen Sharing Options

NOTE: Please check out the other two articles in this series: From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture it Lasts Longer From a Distance Part 2: Distance Video...
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Choosing Wallpapers and Backgrounds with Low Vision

Yesterday at my internship, I was watching someone set up my computer when I noticed that there appeared to be no icons on my computer's home screen. This...
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BrailleSense Polaris: May 2019 Firmware update

Last week, HIMS released a firmware update for the BrailleSense Polaris. One of the major updates allows an individual to copy a file from the internal storage...
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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software

Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software When I became a TVI teaching technology, I was assigned a computer lab/classroom, teaching various basic...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part One

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part Two (focusing on the Brailliant BI 14 model and touching on the Braille...
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How Screen Readers and e-Learning Work Together

With the rise and boom of technology has come the rise and boom of e-learning. E-Learning comes in all different shapes and sizes, whether it’s helping school-...
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A critique of pure educational technology

This week, I attended the Lousiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). The contrast to the APH conference I attended last year was marked; even...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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Join.Me a Screen Sharing iPad App Video

Post Update: Join.Me is now available on Chromebooks with their new Chrome Extension! Learn more about Join.Me on Chromebooks here. This video demonstrates...
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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...
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Windows 10 in S Mode

According to Microsoft's website, "Windows 10 Education in S mode is designed to give schools the familiar, robust, and productive features they count on from...
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JAWS Topics: Helpful Hint for Bluetooth Pairing a Braille Display

The other day I was helping a student of mine get her Refreshabraille 18 braille display paired up to her computer.  She has used it to pair with her iPhone...
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Seven Factors That Make Websites Accessible to the Visually Impaired

I spend a lot of time on the internet browsing dozens of different websites every day. I read blogs, informative websites, government websites, websites for...
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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How...
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Accessibility of Educational Materials

K-12 classrooms are embracing technology and are working to overcome accessibility issues associated with digital and online educational materials. While there...
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Large Mouse Pointer for Low Vision

In a previous article on Windows 10 accessibility settings, I alluded to downloading large mouse pointers for Windows 10.  This article will expand on that...
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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two...
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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who...
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My High School Laptop

My second semester of freshman year in high school (which was in January 2012), I received approval to start using a laptop in the classroom. I had an IEP for...
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Choosing Technology Part 2: iPad

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
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ScanMarker Air for Print Disabilities

During my sophomore year of high school, teachers constantly were forgetting to enlarge my assignments (a little more on that here), leaving me to figure out...
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Choosing Technology Part 1: Laptop

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
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Microsoft Office Sway: A PowerPoint alternative

Ever since it was first released in 2015, I have found myself using Microsoft Office Sway for many projects in college- at least once every semester.  It's...
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eReaders and Low Vision

I remember when Barnes and Noble first announced they would be selling their own eReader, the Nook.  The other eReaders on the market at the time had small...
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Virtual Classes in High School

At both high schools I attended, teachers often took a pencil-and-paper approach to learning. It was common for teachers to have students complete paper...
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TextGrabber: Is the Update Worth Grabbing?

On June 23rd, TextGrabber by ABBYY was updated with some new features as well as bug fixes.  As an app promotion, it was free for a limited time, but is now...

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