Search Paths to Technology

Stop watch and text, "Auditory Speed Reading"

Auditory Speed Reading: From a TSVI's Perspective

Auditory Speed Reading (ASR) is a game-changing method for teaching students who are visually impaired. All are encouraged to take the time to watch this video...
Braille Tutor iOS app logo.

Braille Tutor: App Review (Updated)

I am always on the look-out for fun ways to teach/practice braille skills. For print students, there are literally hundreds of educational apps that encourage...
Screenshot of Blindfold Greeting card app's main screen with directions: 1. select sound effect, etc.

App Review: Blindfold Greeting Card

Editor's Note: Does your friend have an upcoming birthday? If so, we typically browse through birthday cards to find the perfect print card for each friend....
Graphic with text, "Creating Video tutorials with the Free Shadow Puppet App"

Creating Video Tutorials with the Free Shadow Puppet App

I recently received a question from a reader about free apps that can be used to create video tutorials on the iPad. My favorite app to do this is the free...
Image of a megaphone with speech bubble: Live Text! and Text, New Mac Feature

Live Text Feature: Picking Text out of an Image

Live Text has been added to macOS Monterey and iOS 15! This means that if you take a photo or screen shot, you can now select the text and have it read aloud....
Preschooler in dance clothes running with her cane to dance class. Text: "I have my cane when I go to dance."

My Cane: A Preschooler's Book

This preschooler loves her cane and she uses her cane every where she goes! Addyson's cane - which she calls "Grapes" - goes to school, on the playground, to...
Screenshot of Canvas Home Page with 5 high school classes and text, "Canvas tutorial with a Mac and VoiceOver"

Challenge Solutions: Canvas on a Mac with VoiceOver

Macy, a recent high school graduate, shares how she uses Canvas with Mac running VoiceOver to access her AP Biology class. Canvas is a web-based learning...
Photo of smiling Kaleigh with short dark curly hair in Zoom interview and text, "Kaleigh: Tools for College Success!"

Kaleigh's Tools to Access Education in College Interview

Using a CCTV and reading 4 or 5 words per minute at the end of second grade to reading 79 words per minute using JAWS; learn how technology was a game changer...
Screenshot of Macy's Keynote Presentation in Outline view and text, "Creating Keynote Presentation: Outline View"

Tech Standards: Creating Keynote Presentations Part 2

Macy, with Challenge Solutions, shares her tips and tricks on how she creates Keynote presentations on her iPad with VoiceOver. Challenge Solutions is a group...
Cartoon character of a boy rolling his eyes and pulling out his hair. Text, "Technology: Problem-solving"

Learning VoiceOver: Problem-Solving Activity

Before you can teach your student to use an iPad running VoiceOver, YOU - the teacher - need to learn the basics. For many TVIs, just thinking about using a...
Photo of 4 year old Angel tapping an iPad screen with TVI Becky beside him; text, " VoiceOver Teaching Strategies: Preschool".

VoiceOver Teaching Strategies for Preschool TVIs

iPads are now an accepted tool in your TVI toolbox. You – the TVI – personally use tech daily for work and in your personal life. Your smart phone is your...
Screenshot of Settings > phone with banner or full screen setting options.

iOS 14 and Phone Calls

Issue Are you having trouble answering your phone with the iOS 14 update? Several people have asked about an 'issue' related to not being able to answer a...
Seesaw logo and text, "Remote Instruction"

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...
Mantis Q40 braille display: a Braille Display with QWERTY keyboard

First Week with the Mantis Q40: What I Have Learned so Far

First Impressions  Like many other folks in the AT for VI world I was very excited when APH started shipping their new braille device, the Mantis Q40.  My...
Text, "Coding in Swift Playgrounds while using VoiceOver on iPad. Tech with Tyler"

Swift Playgrounds Video

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today, I want to show you how you can code in Swift Playgrounds while using VoiceOver. VoiceOver is Apple’s screen reader that...
Drawing of a business man standing in front of a bus stop with text, "Work-related travel".

Using a Digital Map for Work Travel

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest high-tech research and development centers in the US and is a model for research, innovation, and economic...
Image of a computer monitor displaying Uabacus app and text, "Teaching a Blind Braille Learner Remotely"

Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
Cartoon of young lady sitting on a couch with a Mac and text, "What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th grader with low vision"

What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
Duolingo's logo and text, "Learn a new language!"

How to Learn Another Language with Duolingo: A Student's App Review

Sienna is back with another video blog! In this video, she reviews and demonstrates the accessibility of the Duolingo app on her iPad while using VoiceOver. ...
Socratic app Accessibility Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Socratic App Accessibility Review

As a college student studying data science, I have to have a basic understanding of different subjects and topics so that I can better understand the data I am...
Sienna sitting crosslegged in a comfy chair with her long black hair pulled over 1 shoulder holding an iPad, "Coding with Sienna

Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #2 Swift Playgrounds

Sienna, a vivacious 4th grader from Guatemala, created a quick video demonstrating the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift Playgrounds is Apple's app that teaches...
Photo: smiling 4th grader with long braided pigtails sitting in her room with an iPad and text, " Coding #1 with Sienna"

Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #1 CodeQuest

Sienna, a fourth grade student in Guatemala, shares her experiences about coding/robotics class at school and her search for accessible coding applications for...
Two elementary students working with a robot and computer in the background with text, "Coding Posts Summary"

Coding Posts Summary

Coding has gone mainstream! Coding concepts are being integrated into core subjects and are being introduced in preschool. Learn how students with visual...
Active Braille, a concave 40-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard with a bar keys

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...
Glad I am not a turkey poem.

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...
Accessible Leaf bar chart in Pages app.

Digital Transitions #4: Bar Charts (Fall Leaf Activity)

All students initially learn best through hands-on activities. Go into any early elementary classroom and observe students during math class using counting...
Graphic of title text: Help! My VoiceOver is On but it Won't Speak!

Help! My VoiceOver is On but it Won't Speak!

One of the most amazing things about screen reading solutions like Apple's VoiceOver is how effective they are at speaking out loud the contents of a device's...
Brainfuse online tutoring review. www.veroniiiica.com

Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
three cartoon hands with 1 finger pointing; text, "VoiceOver Gestures: 1-finger"

Teaching VoiceOver Gestures: 1-Finger Tricks and Tips

When iPads first rolled out, there was quite a buzz in the educational community about how iPads can be used in the classroom. Teachers of the Visually...
Silhouette of head with puzzle pieces outside and inside the head and text, "Building Mental Maps".

Building mental maps: preschool to college

As an O&M, my goal is to teach my preschool students to know where they are in relationship to other things around them and to know the spatial...
Image with text, "How do people with vision impairments take selfies? www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Take Selfies?

When one of my friends who has no usable vision came to visit Washington DC, we decided to figure how blind people take selfies, or rather how someone with low...
How I arrange my iPad homescreen. www.veroniiiica.com

How I arrange my iPad Homescreen

The other day, my friend and I were talking about our favorite apps on our iPads, which led to another discussion about how I arrange my iPad homescreen so...
Screenshots from Tyler's video: finger on bottom left corner of tactile grid and corresponding square on app's grid.

Understanding Swift Playgrounds

Hi! I’m Tyler Sheft. I enjoy working with Swift Playgrounds. I love coding and all the sounds the characters make. They sometimes crack me up. This video is...
Photo of Aeden pushing button to turn on his Braille Display and text, "Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 5"

Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 5

Lesson 12: I can link the iPad to the RFB display independently. Materials Needed iPad RFB or Braille Display Objective The student will be able to...
Photo of Smiling man sitting at the help desk with text, "Sam's Story: Tech Support"

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...
Photo of Braille Edge 40 and text, "So many braille displays. Which one is right for my student? Braille Edge 40"

So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Three

Editor's Note: The Braille Edge is no longer available. NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on...
Photo of Sphero ball and text, "Coding Club Activity"

Coding Club Activity: SAS CodeSnaps and Sphero Robot

Cheers erupted when the girls' team and then the boys' team successfully coded their Sphero robots on a route around an obstacle. The Coding Club at the...
4 photos of hands holding devices with text, "I have VI technology, now what? Finding solutions for learning how to use tech."

I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
Screenshot of Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss cover and text, "Hop on Pop Review"

Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...

Pages