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Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Microsoft Teams

Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Teams

Microsoft Teams is one of several popular learning platforms students and vision professionals are learning to use to learn and interact together in a virtual/...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Quick Assist

Hey everybody, this is now my second post in a new "Virtual Learning Starter Kit" series of posts that I hope to continue with over the course of the school...
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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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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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Companies/Organizations Providing Support and Free Subscriptions during School Closure

As each state embarks on providing remote instruction to students, many companies are providing free training through video conferencing and webinars, as well...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed several unique tech-related skills that students with visual impairments need to fully interact with and understand math...
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension

As educators, we often teach basic reading skills, such as identifying letters, words, building vocabulary and spelling. However, when was the last time you...
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Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
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WEbAIM Screen Reader User Survey #8 Results

WebAIM is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Seven

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #8

Accessing the web is a critical component in today's classroom. WebAIM's goal is to help make the web more accessible to individuals with disabilities by...
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JAWS Topics: Navigating Menu Bars

In this post, I am going to build upon the basic navigation skills outlined in my previous JAWS Topics post.  We will be providing some information on how to...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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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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Reading Efficiently with a Screen Reader: Headings

Educational content is strategicially organized and formatted into sections. This helps readers to quickly find specific things and to mentally organize the...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 1

This series on increasing auditory reading speed is based on a master-apprentice model. In this case, successful professionals with visual impairments like me...
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Using Assistive Technology with Hour of Code

Today is a special day, because thousands of students from all around the world are going to be introduced to computer science for the first time with Hour of...
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Five reasons why your students should learn to read at a rate of 600 words per minute

My personal perspective When I was in elementary school, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I hated to read because of RP. I had a great deal of...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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EquatIO

EquatIO is a math extension that makes math digital. Type, handwrite, dictate, or simply copy a printed math equation; EquatIO converts these math equations...
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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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Creating Easy-to-Use Screen Reader Accessible Tests

Attached are a PowerPoint show with step by step instructions and a Word template with instructions as well for creating a test that is very easy to use with a...
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Using the Applications Key... With or Without the Key!

Setting the "context" for this post As a visual user of the computer, I use a mouse to move a visual cursor around the screen to click on different items on...
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Microsoft Forms and Take a Test

As classroom teachers digitize their materials, they need to ensure that these materials are accessible for all students. (To learn more about creating...
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SoftSchools: Free online games, worksheets and quizzes

SoftSchools.com provides free online games, worksheets and quizzes on a variety of topics, all organized by grade level. SoftSchools Topics  Math Math...
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Technology Assessment: Tips, Tools, and Resources

In the first article in this two part series entitled Technology Assessment: Components of a Meaningful Technology Assessment, we looked at reasons to conduct...
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How to Give a Spelling Test Using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo!

Tech savvy classroom teachers in the 21st Century are using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo (add-on) to create, grade and tests, including weekly spelling...
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Accessibility Review of Bedtime Math Website and App

The developers of bedtime math 'want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner.' Bedtime math is a wacky daily math problem that...
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List of Microsoft Accessibility Features: Windows 10 and Office 365

Have you explored all the Microsoft accessibility options for Windows 10 and Office 365? Quick information about each features is available along with a...
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Strategies for Becoming Tech Power-User!

As educators, our primary job when teaching screen reader skills to students is to teach the basic gestures (tablets), keyboard commands and/or braille display...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user...
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Web Language and Terms while using a Screen Reader (Focus on Google Forms)

When using a screen reader, it is quite typical that you will access websites and applications.  On webpages and within apps, you will hear special coding and...
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Accessible Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC (1.19.1 and above) supports NVDA (2017.1 and above), JAWS and Microsoft Narrator screen readers on Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 and Windows 10 in...
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Microsoft Accessibility: A look Back and a Look Ahead

In the past year, Microsoft has restructured their approach to accessibility.  There are 1.2 billion disabled people in the world, in a world which is becoming...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2: Students with Low Vision

Most students - and teachers - use mainstream keyboard shortcut commands to quickly navigate and interact with a computer.  Keyboard shortcut commands, such as...
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Creating Headings for a Screen Reader: Lesson Plan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a number of wonderful Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms)...
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Accessibility Improvements for Windows 10

Want to know more about the accessibility of the newly released Windows 10 Build 15002?   More inclusive experience out of the box Narrator support for...
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Instapaper: read articles off line

Does your student have homework reading assignments that require him/her to access an online article and your student does not have Internet at home?  No...

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