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How to Check for App Accessibility?

There are so many reasons why YOU (and your student!) should know how to check the accessibility of an app with a screen reader. Here are a few of the most...
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Scribe for Meetings

Zoom meetings have become the "new normal" for businesses and for classes. Scribe for Meetings is a new tool that enables the meeting host to upload PowerPoint...
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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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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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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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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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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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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...
Choosing Technology: iPad.  What to look for and features to consider aimed at students with low vision. www.veroniiiica.org

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...
eReaders and Low Vision: Why I love eReaders and how they help students with print disabilities. www.veroniiica.org

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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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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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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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #2: Q&A

In the first Paths to Technology post on the Accessibility of MAP Assessments series, we learned that the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has created...
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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...
MAP field test: High school student's fingers are on a Braille Focus paired to an iPad displaying a math graphing question.

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...
Quorum is an evidence-based programming language that is accessible with a screen reader.

Accessible Computer Programming Workshop for TVIs!

Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation Announces Grant Award to Quorum Outreach and Research Foundation Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation...
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Project Bloks

This article was originally posted on codingBox - a review and discussion site for all things code- and kid-related.   Project Bloks is an active research...
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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...
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Browsers: Why It Matters What You Use

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome are popular web browser options.  Have you considered which one is best for your needs?  One browser is going to...
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BrailleNote Apex: Secure Exam Mode

This snapshot video demonstrates how to use the BrailleNote Apex in the secure Exam Mode which allows the teacher to restrict the access of the Apex to be used...

iOS App: Is it Accessible?

Your school/class is using a new app; is it accessible for a student who uses a screen reader?  How can you determine if it is accessible?  What do you if it...
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Getting Started on the Mac for Users with Low Vision

There are numerous accessibility options built-in to Apple Computers.  Many of these options can be selected by going to the Apple Menu (Apple symbol in the...