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Sonic Math Fundamentals Part 3: Identifying

Who doesn't love a good mystery? Super Sleuth players are detectives trying to solve a mystery. Answer three questions to receive clues and unravel the puzzle...
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Summer Reading with Bookshare: Smart Speakers and Human-Narrated Audiobooks

Summer is full of hot lazy days perfect for sitting with your toes in the sand and fingers on a book! Bookshare is an absolute must for summer reading - TVIs,...
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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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CosmoBally on Sonoplanet: Intro to Sonification App!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! Astronaut CosmoBally has discovered Sonoplanet, a planet full of sounds to be explored! This fully accessible free app...
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Talking Type iOS App: An Accessible Keyboarding App

Available with Quota Funds, Talking Typer is a game designed to teach keyboarding skills to students who are blind or low vision. Talking Typer for iOS is a...
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Speak Screen

Editor's Note: Speak Screen is an excellent accessibility feature for users with low vision, tired eyes, when in dim light, or simply when you want to have...
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Navigating Google Slides with ChromeVox

Students of all ages are accessing presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote) for educational purposes. Even before school closures, young students...
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ChromeVox: From Basics to Mastery in 6 weeks!

Chromebooks are popular tablets used by numerous school districts. ChromeVox is the built-in screen reader for Chromebooks. Have you tried ChromeVox recently?...
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Microsoft Immersive Reader Update

What is Immersive Reader? Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven technique to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age...
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Creating Tactile Graphic Machine Images with Word: Cycle Chart

"Work smart not harder!" That has to be my motto after working from home during the pandemic. One classic tool that many TVIs are taking advantage of - now...
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Spatial Tech Standards 2: Rows

In the first Spatial Tech Standards post, we learned various hands-on activities and apps that can be used to teach spatial terms. This post will focus on the...
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Sonification Summary Page

Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. In a nutshell, sounds have meaning. For decades, sonification has been...
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Map Explore: New O&M Game!

We, ObjectiveEd, are excited to announce a brand new game to help students practice their Orientation and Mental Mapping skills! Map Explore is an innovative...
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BrailleSense 6 Overview: Video Tutorial

This faster and more robust BrailleSense has 32 braille cell with cursor routers and Android 10 operating system. This is an excellent video tutorial by Jenny...
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"Dictionary" Skills and Tech

Are you teaching dictionary skills to your students? In third grade, the Common Core dictates that students learn to use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,...
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ObjectiveEd: Sara and Kai Use Braille AI Tutor

This fun digital game encourages students to practice their braille skills and reading accuracy. Using the ObjectiveEd web-dashboard, the TVI creates her own...
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Tech Standards: Why Teach Digital Concepts Early?

Teachers of students with visual impairments or blindness are responsible for teaching so many things. How do you prioritize what to teach when? It used to be...
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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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Ballyland Stay Still Squeaky App: Following Directions and Independence

Students giggle as Squeaky rolls in the sand, slides through the mud, plays in paint and more! How dirty can Squeaky get? Stay Still Squeaky is a cute auditory...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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