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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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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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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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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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SAS Graphics Accelerator Video Tutorial #2: Options

Hey it’s Esteban, and thanks for watching my video tutorial. This second video describes how to use customize the Accelerator using the “options” menu. Enjoy...
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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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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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The Windows Right-Click Context Menu

The Windows Right-Click Context Menu There is a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that are available for the visually impaired to utilize on a Windows operating...
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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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Narrator Update: Podcast Demo

In this 30 minute podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the new and improved Narrator (MP3) features currently available in the beta version of Narrator....
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Windows 10 in S Mode

According to Microsoft's website, "Windows 10 Education in S mode is designed to give schools the familiar, robust, and productive features they count on from...
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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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Dr. Robinson teaches how to Design a Great Background for PowerPoint presentation

Many different options for beautiful backgrounds that stand out so the world stands up and cheers. Editor's Note: This video tutorial demonstrates how to...
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Excel and label everything in your graph with talking software

Top grades for lessons require labeling of your Excel graph. This lessons shows you how to do it quickly using a screen reader.  
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Excel - Geometry & insert shapes and label graph

Combine with 3D objects or a draftsman tool kit where needed then let your student fly with math lessons using Excel - with screen reader commands.
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Histogram Excel using keyboard commands

Perform any task creating a graph for math using Excel. Combine with a draftsman tool for young students so they understand the concepts then watch them fly...
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Quadratic Trend-line with scatter plot graph including equation in Excel with Jaws talking software

Complete the most complicated math graphs using excel then move the graph right into your word document to complete math work quickly and with beauty and grace...
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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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Accessible Coding

When I was in high school, i remember being under the impression that only the “really super smart kids” would be able to learn computer code in their “...
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Windows 10 Build 17692: Accessibility and more!

Microsoft is constantly working on improving their software. Recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692 has a number of exciting new features...
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Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
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Universal Standard for Braille Displays

In this age of technology, braille displays are frequently connected to devices (computers, tablets and smart phones). Braille display manufacturers and...
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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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Pinterest Accessibility

Pinterest is an online service that allows you to share images through social networking. Pinterest enables users to post images of ideas to a "board"; these...
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PowerPoint and Screen Readers

Even young students are learning to create simple multi-media presentations using PowerPoint. (Read more about  teaching students PowerPoint here and another...
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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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Inference Activities Part 2: Pictures and Alt Text Image Descriptions

The first Inference post in this series provided fun, hands-on activities including Crime Scenes, Garbage Mysteries and Shoe Pairs. (View Inference Activities...
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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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How to Write Alt Text and Image Descriptions for the visually impaired

If someone went on your website or profile with their eyes closed, would they still be able to find their way around? As more and more people develop vision...
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Is Social Media Accessible?

Social media is important to students - including students with visual impairments. Social media is a convenient way to access information, provide information...
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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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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How...

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