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Shenandoah National Park Vacation: Experience Book

Just how important are emerging reader books, especially books about the student? Creating books about things the student is interested in or things the...
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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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TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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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...
22 month old Luke standing using a 1-finger tap to start an iPad app.

Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke

The pandemic changed traditional educational services for toddlers with visual impairments, but one dedicated mom and innovative preschool TVI created their...
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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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Virtual Learning Tips for Visually Impaired Learners

After several weeks of distance learning, I have made note of the things that can be done to enhance the learning experience for our students with visual...
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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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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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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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Inaccessible vs. Accessible PDFs: Making All PDFs Accessible!

During this crazy time of school closures and virtual instruction, educators are scrambling to find digital resources. Often general education teachers are...
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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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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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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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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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Novel Effect App Review

As educators, it is important to make literary experiences as interactive and valuable for the students that we work with. With that in mind, the Novel Effect ...
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Creating Experience Stories and Academic Videos

Now that technology is the driving force for education, it is natural that we as TVIs/O&Ms use it to teach our students. One example is using Adobe Spark...
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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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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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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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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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Accessible Digital Kindergarten Books

In the past two months, I have made 15-leveled books from the Reading Street program digitally accessible for my dual media student. Each book was made...
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Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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More Digital Books for Early Readers

Before winter break, I made 8 digital books for my students. Two of the books were Christmas gifts. I adapted and created 6 leveled reading books from the...
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Using Technology to Support a Dual Media Learner

I have been enjoying teaching a kindergartener braille this school year. As a TVI, I closely collaborate with the special education teacher and classroom...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...