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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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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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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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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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JAWS Topics: Basic Navigation

In order to become an independent screen reader user on the computer, you will need to know how to navigate.  Today, I will discuss the most basic skills for...
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All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired...
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WebbIE, the accessible text browser

WebbIE is a freely available text-only web browser for the visually impaired. WebbIE browses web pages, searches the web, allows for filling in forms,...
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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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Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook is a popular social media website first developed by Mark Zuckerberg while he was a student at Havard in 2004. Registered Facebook users create...
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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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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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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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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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New Accessibility Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators and Redstone 4

New features for Fall Creators Update Like JAWS and NVDA, keyboard help is now available in Narrator. Press Caps+1 to turn on or off. This feature tells you...
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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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Where in the world is my cursor?

This article will attempt to provide you with some ideas for using magnets as a tactile representative of computer concepts. First, let me alleviate a concern...
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Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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Lessons for Beginners Using Screen Readers

This article explains how to introduce a student - particularly a young student - to using a screen reader.  Sharon demonstrates several fun activities and the...
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Windows Accessibility Guide: Options for Users with Visual Impairments

Microsoft's website has a comprehensive guide to the built-in accessibility features for users who are visually impaired or blind.  Learn what options are...
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Getting Started with Narrator on Windows 8

Narrator is the built-in screen reader for Windows.  Microsoft's website includes information on how to start Narrator, various Narrator settings, gestures and...