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Temple Explorer: A New Directionality O&M Game!

Tap, tap, tap - your footsteps are echoing as you walk quickly through the ancient temple searching for treasure. Warning! Carefully follow the genie's...
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Desmos Audio Tracing: Introducing Sonified Graphs

Digital math. (sigh) If you are a teacher of the visually impaired, your first experiences trying to teach math concepts with digital resources was probably...
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Tactile to Digital Part 5: Addition and Subtraction

This is the fifth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 4: Positions in a Table

This is the fourth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Tactile to Digital Part 3: Creating a Tactile Overlay On the Go!

What if you are in the middle of a tech lesson and your student would benefit from a tactile overlay of the iPad screen? This post shows two quick and easy...
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Tactile to Digital Part 2: Math Melodies

This is the second post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In the first...
Tactile graphic of Math Robot screen with braille beside the app with text, "Tactile to Digital: Math Robot"

Tactile to Digital Part 1: Math Robot

Math fact drills with a twist: APH's Math Robot app and it's humorous robot jokes! Students will laugh along with the "know-it-all" math robot and may even...
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Spatial Tech Standards 1: Directional Terms

This series is designed to show how a tablet (in this case an iPad, but the same is true with any tablet) can be used to systematically teach critical...
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How to Check for App Accessibility?

There are so many reasons why YOU (and your student!) should know how to check the accessibility of an app with a screen reader. Here are a few of the most...
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Braille Display and iOS 14.4 bug

If you or your student uses a braille display with an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS 14.4!  Currently, there is a bug with iOS 14.4 that is causing users to...
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Tech Standards: Navigating a Table Using JAWS

All students are introduced to simple tables in general education kindergarten classrooms in paper/pencil (or tactile) formats which quickly transition to...
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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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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...
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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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ObjectiveEd: IEP Meetings

Since the company was founded, it has strived to earn the support of the TVIs and O&Ms. By attending regional and nationwide conferences, holding scores of...
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Scribe for Meetings

Zoom meetings have become the "new normal" for businesses and for classes. Scribe for Meetings is a new tool that enables the meeting host to upload PowerPoint...
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Math Melodies App: Young Students

The Math Melodies app is a FREE fully accessible math app created specifically for students who are blind or low vision. The app covers a wide range of math...
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AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

Endangered animals and invasive species and MATH? This recently released iOS app incorporates motivating content used to build graphics literacy. Tasmanian...
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Math Melodies App Part 1: Addition

Teachers of the Visually Impaired are jumping for joy! Why? Math Melodies is a fully accessible math app covering a wide range of math topics ranging from...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Gus the Ghost and Thanksgiving Poem: Reading Comprehension Activities

What happens when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all mixed together? Find out in this whacky poem! These activities can be done on any device; the...
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Creating Accessible Books Using Pages

Emerging readers should have access to fun digital books - just like their peers! The books can be read aloud to the student, the student can listen to the...
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BrailleBuzz App Review

Teachers are buzzing about APH's new beginning braille letter app, BrailleBuzz! This is a sister app to the popular stand-alone BrailleBuzz toy. Both games...
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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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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...
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CodeQuest: A Free APH App!

"Five new planets were discovered at the edge of the known universe by scientists from the intergalactic space agency. You must now use the remote interface of...
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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...
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ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

UPDATE! The ABC's of iOS manual is currently available FREE for everyone during COVID-19!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or...
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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...
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Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
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Cosmic Numbers: Accessible Number Line App Semester 2

The Cosmic Numbers App is a fully accessible iOS app designed to teach a variety of number line skills to students with visual impairments. I'm very excited...
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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...
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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. ...
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Math Apps Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

In the last several weeks, I have received numerous questions about accessible digital math options for K-3rd grade students who rely on a screen reader. With...
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Remote Instruction Tip: Using Screen Recording to Create Fun Voiceover Activities

We are all in need of creative technology instruction ideas right now!  In this video I show how you can teach your student to use Screen Recording on their...
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Remote Instruction Tip: Using Screen Recording on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to Create Engaging Content

Vision providers all across the country are getting creative about providing remote instruction to students with visual impairments. One barrier some providers...
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Ballyland iOS Apps Free During School Closures

From Sonokids: In response to the current global situation, Sonokids has decided to offer all Ballyland game apps for iPad for free from 1 April 2020. Learn...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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Objective Ed: How it works

To help students with visual impairments during this crisis, ObjectiveEd is providing free access to their digital curriculum to schools and teachers to use...
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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...

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