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Day One: An Accessible Journaling App

Back to school is the perfect time to introduce new activities. Journaling is a daily activity that has tremendous educational benefits. We often think about...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
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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: 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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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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Math Melodies App: Young Students

The Math Melodies app is a FREE fully accessible math app created specifically for students who are blind or low vision. The app covers a wide range of math...
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Math Melodies App Part 1: Addition

Teachers of the Visually Impaired are jumping for joy! Why? Math Melodies is a fully accessible math app covering a wide range of math topics ranging from...
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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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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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CodeQuest: A Free APH App!

"Five new planets were discovered at the edge of the known universe by scientists from the intergalactic space agency. You must now use the remote interface of...
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ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

UPDATE! The ABC's of iOS manual is currently available FREE for everyone!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or kindergarten student who...
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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
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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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How to Learn Another Language with Duolingo: A Student's App Review

Sienna is back with another video blog! In this video, she reviews and demonstrates the accessibility of the Duolingo app on her iPad while using VoiceOver. ...
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Remote Instruction Tip: Using Screen Recording on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to Create Engaging Content

Vision providers all across the country are getting creative about providing remote instruction to students with visual impairments. One barrier some providers...
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Ballyland iOS Apps Free During School Closures

From Sonokids: In response to the current global situation, Sonokids has decided to offer all Ballyland game apps for iPad for free from 1 April 2020. Learn...
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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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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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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #2 Swift Playgrounds

Sienna, a vivacious 4th grader from Guatemala, created a quick video demonstrating the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift Playgrounds is Apple's app that teaches...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #1 CodeQuest

Sienna, a fourth grade student in Guatemala, shares her experiences about coding/robotics class at school and her search for accessible coding applications for...
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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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ObjectiveEd Offers Free Distance Learning for Students with Visual Impairments

ObjectiveEd Offers Free Distance Learning for Students with Visual Impairments While many educational websites are providing free access for schools, teachers...
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Tech Standards for Students with VIB: What's Happening

Students with visual impairments and blindness are successfully using technology in the classroom and it is exciting to see how technology has a positive...
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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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Teaching the CodeQuest App to Students who are Visually Impaired

Coding concept games are introduced in mainstream preschool and kindergarten classes. These early logic games center around unplugged activities (no devices)...
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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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Ballyland CosmoBally App

Sonokids delivers another wonderful app for young students! CosmoBally, an adorable Ballylander astronaut shares fun planet facts in this simple interactive...
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Teaching Number Line Math Skills Part 3: Accessible App

Now that your student has had practice with tactile number lines, it is time to have fun with this exciting and fully accessible number line app, Cosmic...
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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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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...
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Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
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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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Benefits of Using a Braille Display with Emerging Readers

Refreshable Braille Displays (RBD) are peripheral devices that display braille characters, usually be raising and lowering dots through holes in a flat surface...
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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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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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