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Braille Note Touch Plus Resource Guide

Learning and using a dedicated braille notetaker can be very challenging, especially during times when contact with a TVI or AT Specialist is inconsistent. ...
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Webinar for Parents: ObjectiveEd

Marty Schultz, President of ObjectiveEd and founder of Blindfold Games, is presenting a live webinar: “How ObjectiveEd's learn-through-games system works" His...
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Accessibyte Arcade: FutureBot

FutureBot is a machine who loves asking bizarre questions to calculate your future. The thing is, he isn’t very good at it. But we admire his passion for...
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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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Accessibyte Online Platform and Remote Learning

Accessibyte is an online platform built specifically for blind and visually impaired students. The Accessibyte platform is fully self-voicing and highly visual...
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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...
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Non-Visual Digital Maps: Self-Voicing Feature

Do you have a student who visually struggles to see a map but does not use a screen reader? SAS Graphics Accelerator - a free Google extension for accessible...
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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
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Chromebook and Low Vision: Maximizing Success

Since learning has gone online in most places across the country, I am getting many questions about what the best Chromebook setup is for a student with low...
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Six Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom

At the time of the writing of this post, there are a lot of people at home from work and school. Because of this stability, people are looking for ways to...
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Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms

Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms This post is related to a previous post Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic. Our school decided to use...
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New ChromeVox OS

ChromeVox is the native screen reader for Chromebooks. The recent Chrome OS update has revamped ChromeVox to incorporate significant changes for Chromebook...
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Freedom Scientific Tutorial Videos

Freedom Scientific has recently released a series of JAWS and Google suite video tutorials. These video tutorials are in addition to their previous JAWS...
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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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Simplifying Browser Use

Simplifying Browser Use In my classes, we use three major browsers on PC (Windows): Internet Explorer( IE), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome and of course,...
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Accessibyte Online: More than Just a Typing Tutor

You may have read previous articles that I’ve written on touch typing. One of the first ones I wrote was Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills and...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Summary Page

Are you interested in learning about accessible digital charts and graphs? SAS Graphics Accelerator is a free Chrome extension that enables users to access...
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Screenreader Comparisons

Screenreader Comparisons Since I have recently fielded several inquiries from parents and/or students about which screenreader to obtain/use, this review...
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BrailleSense Polaris: Using Google Classroom

Google Classroom, one of the many google suite products available to users of the Polaris, is an app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store onto any...
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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
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Alexa: Speak Faster

Students and adults are quickly consuming information through auditory input and are excited about the new speech rate feature on Alexa enabled-devices. In the...
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Why We Bought the Ruby 7 HD

At my school, we were recently able to purchase several Ruby 7 HD video magnifiers, manufactured by Freedom Scientific.  In case you are not familiar with the...
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Orbit Reader 20: Using the Orbit with a Chromebook

NOTE: Prior to reading this article, you may wish to review previous articles in this series: Layout and Menu Structure of the Orbit Reader 20 File Structure...
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Microsoft Immersive Reader Review

If you have talked to me about assistive technology in the last few months, there's a high chance that I have mention Microsoft Immersive Reader and how it can...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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New Voice Access for Android

The new Voice Access provides hands-free access for Android, enabling users to navigate, compose and edit text, along with additional interactions, such as "...
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Chromebooks: FAQs for TVIs

What are they?  A very common device in classrooms for going online and completing curricular activities. Most classrooms use 9 or 11 inch Chromebooks....
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MATT Connect Updates

There is an update coming available later today that will be pushed to all MATT Connect devices. This software update will introduce a three-interface set up:...
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Google Classroom and Braille Note Touch Bug?

Several users have mentioned new issues with the Braille Note Touch and Google Classroom. One issue is that the focus jumps back to the top. Are you having any...
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Tips on Teaching Graphing Using the Braille Note Touch

Technology for the blind and visually impaired has come so far! Just in the last couple of years we have seen amazing new devices and features come out. One of...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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Aira For Low Vision Review

Several months ago, I was attending a small assistive technology conference in Washington, DC. After having played with a variety of different technologies, I...
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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Alexa is now a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, storyteller and teacher! Amazon has created a kid-friendly version of the Amazon Dot. This edition is wrapped in...
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A New Twist on Applying Voice Assistants

Voice-activated assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, are being integrated into our homes and lives. These are mainstream devices which respond to...
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Capti Voice Narrator App Review

Earlier today, I realized that I had to read a long online article before going to a lecture. This task sounded very tiring, since I had just finished a two...
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New MATT Connect Tutorial Videos

HumanWare has recently published new tutorial videos for the MATT Connect. The MATT Connect is a magnifier, distance viewer, and an educational tablet with pre...
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The Basics of Book Creator for the Web

The Basics In the past I have completed several blogs about the Book Creator app.  However, about six months ago the developers created a web based version...

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