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Creating PowerPoint with JAWS: Commands

As educators, we are very familiar with creating and using PowerPoint Presentations. There are numerous posts on Paths to Technology about simple content for...
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How BLV Users Can Create Digital Accessible Maps

There is quite a buzz about the SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free Chrome Extension that enables blind and low vision users to access digital charts, graphs and...
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Mantis Q40 Video Tutorials

The Mantis Q40 is a unique 40-cell braille display that has a QWERTY keyboard for input and a refreshable braille display for output. There is a 6-key entry...
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Auditory Speed Reading: From a TSVI's Perspective

Auditory Speed Reading (ASR) is a game-changing method for teaching students who are visually impaired. All are encouraged to take the time to watch this video...
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Students: How to PRESENT a Presentation

After creating the slide show, the next logical step for students is to present the content of their slide show in front of the class. When delivering slide...
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Mother's Day Activity: Presentation Tech Activity with Self-Advocacy Skills

Looking for a Mother’s Day activity to do with students? Create a heart-warming Mother's Day keepsake for the 21st century mom! Support tech skills and...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part I: Sharon's Shortcuts

Do you use a PC?  Chances are you know and use some keyboard shortcuts, such as the keyboard commands to copy (Control + C) and paste (Control + V).  You...
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Egg Idioms: Tech Activities

An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Do you know what these idioms mean? He's as cool as a cucumber...
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Google Docs Table Activity: Warm/Cold-Blooded Animals

Preschoolers learn to group items into categories, starting with activities that group by color, shape or size. The content of what is being categorized...
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Accessible, Interactive Math with Desmos

During recent discussions about what accessible math tools students are using, Desmos is always one of the first tools mentioned. Desmos, a graphing calculator...
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Wordle Part 2: Classroom Activities

Wordle, the word puzzle game, has taken off and educators are jumping on the Wordle train! (For more information about Wordle, see Wordle: 5 letter guessing...
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Snow Globe Shake-Up: Tech Skills (cut and paste)

Snow globe shake up! Just like the snow globe in the story, the Snow Globe Family, your story has been through a snowstorm - and the story plot has been blown...
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Browsing the Web: Video Tutorials

As an educator with vision, I have often struggled to learn the basics of various devices and accessibility features. Before I can introduce a student to...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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Elf Activities: Image Descriptions

Our mischievous elves are back! What is your little imp up to? The classic "Elf on a Shelf" is a prankster little elf who helps children behave as he observes...
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Pumpkin Life Cycle Lesson: Presentation (Powerpoint)

Young students are embedding technology skills into daily classroom activities. Use these pumpkin-themed activities to reinforce concepts, reading/writing...
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Monster: Note Taking Skills

Note taking is an important digital skill for students to learn. Young students, including students who are blind or visually impaired, should be given age-...
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Envision #9: Even Storm Troopers Need Accessible Books!

I hope the Star Wars fans out there appreciate this creative new intro and Stormy Scout may be coming back for more! Envision #9 Even Storm Troopers Need...
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Envision #8: My Sweet Sixteen Tips to Note Taking Success!

To write everything, or not to write everything? Now that’s a question that has lost every note taker throughout history! Well, let me give you a hand! From...
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Spider Activities

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning colors, school has started and classrooms are diving into fall themed activities! Here are some creepy crawling...
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Envision #6: Simplify Syllabi!

We’re 3 weeks into the semester, so by now you have realized that you have hundreds of pages to read, including your syllabi. How can one make time for self-...
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What I wished I Had Learned about AT Before Starting College: Video

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a short talk at A Future Date, a free virtual conference event that showcased talks on topics related to...
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Envision #4: Making PowerPoints Easy to Navigate!

Envision #4 Blind People Need PowerPoints Too! Making PowerPoints Easy to Navigate! PowerPoints are crucial in college and university, yet everyone waits to...
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Envision #3: Keep It Simple! How to Simplify College Notes

Taking effective notes is a corner stone to being a successful student! Unfortunately, this corner stone can be easily misunderstood when notes becomes...
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Digitally Accessible Math Worksheets

Many math worksheets are not accessible to people who use screen readers. The worksheets found below are accessible to people who use screen readers too. ...
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Understanding the "Ribbon" in Microsoft Word: Screen Reader Activities

In order for your student to be a "Tech Power User", he/she must fully understand the different parts of the screen and how to navigate in and around these...
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Envision #2: Let Me Check My Schedule!

Staying organized can be a hassle for anyone, especially when it comes to creating an agenda!  Enough with post-it notes scattered on a fridge, brailled papers...
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Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated August 4th with 40+ Metro Maps in the Paths to Technology Map Library! A huge thank you to the SAS 2021 Summer Interns who have created 40+ metro...
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Google Docs Accessibility Upgrade!

Classrooms often use inline suggestions when participating in group assignments that require sharing a Google Document. In addition, teachers frequently make...
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Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
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Teacher's Pet Online: APH Online Quiz Tool

Teacher's Pet Online is a free, accessible tool to create and share practice materials, quizzes and tests. The tool works with your platform's screen reader...
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Kids Listen Podcast: Practicing Tech Skills

Want to spice up your tech lessons and incorporate educational skills at the same time? This creative Assitive Technology Specialist used the engaging Kids...
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Desmos Audio Tracing: Introducing Sonified Graphs

Digital math. (sigh) If you are a teacher of the visually impaired, your first experiences trying to teach math concepts with digital resources was probably...
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Tech Standards: Navigating a Table Using JAWS

All students are introduced to simple tables in general education kindergarten classrooms in paper/pencil (or tactile) formats which quickly transition to...
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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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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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 6

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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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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