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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using VNC Connect to Mirror Classroom Teacher's CPU to Low Vision Student's iPad

In a typical classroom, the majority of the teacher’s lessons are projected in front of the entire class. This is great! Unless, you are student who has low...
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Accessible Coding: What's Out There?

Coding is a lifestyle. In today's digital society there are literally thousands of resources to learn the craft. Whether it be the code that controls the stuff...
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How to Make an iPad Accessible for Low Vision

Here are settings to enable for the iPad/iPhone to help make the devices easier to use. All are found in the accessibility menu under general settings unless...
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AFB and Google: Training the Trainer

Often when discussing my job with friends, I talk about emails, not specific emails mind you, just the active daily duty of emailing. At my rehabilitation...
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Just How Accessible is NWEA’s MAP Test for Screen Readers

It’s Springtime and that can only mean one thing, spring flowers, right?  Not in the school systems.  Springtime in the school systems means standardized...
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Getting Started with 3D Printing (A New Hope): Part 1

My name is Neal Mckenzie and I work as an assistive technology specialist for the office of education in the mostly beautiful Sonoma County. I am an Assistive...
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Feelin' DNA: 3D project

Classrooms are using on-line educational resources and textbooks.  How does this impact students who are visually impaired who can not visually access pictures...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line...
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Swift Playgrounds - The VoiceOver Challenge

Then ... The look of horror on my wife's face said it all.  "How much did that cost?!" she exclaimed, as I unboxed my the iMac 24inch computer, to which I...
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Accessibility: Why so many fail despite good intentions

Hampus Sethfors, an Accessibility and User Experience Expert, has performed hundreds of accessibility audits.  He found that no one intentionally builds...
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Apple Classroom First Impressions

In digital classrooms with 1:1 iPads, the Apple Classroom enables teachers to monitor and manipulate multiple iPads in his/her classroom remotely.  This...