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

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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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...
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Zoey the Dog: iBook

This month, my third grade student created a digital book about her dog Zoey. This book served several purposes. Addressing IEP goals to engage in writing,...
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iOS 12.1 Misspelled Words

Misspelled words is an iOS feature that alerts users to - you guessed it - misspelled words! A word that is misspelled will visually have a dotted red line...
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...
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iPads and Preparing for Productivity

Woohoo! I just got an iPad! This is awesome! Err... wait a second, is this it?  What do I do now? The above is likely to be something all of us have thought at...
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Brian: Learning to Answer Questions using a braille display

Students who are blind with additional disabilities may struggle to read, write and answer questions independently.  However, mainstream technology such as an...
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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...
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What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display...
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Using Braille Input on your iDevice

Introduction As a teacher and a iDevice user who is blind, I get really excited about apps and other tools that I utilize on a daily basis, especially when I...
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Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the...
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Book Creator App to iBooks

The Book Creator app is one of my favorite apps to use for students of all developmental levels with Visual Impairments. For students with visual impairments...
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Blindfold Spin and Solve: iOS Game

Blindfold Spin and Solve is a fully accessible braille version of the Wheel of Fortune game. The object of the game is to identify the phrase by guessing...
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Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
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Using the Visual Brailler app as a Digital Perkins Braillewriter

The Visual Brailler iPad app from APH is a handy app marketed as a "simple braille editor."  It is meant primarily to provide visual users with a way to...
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Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...
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iOS Devices and Focus Braille Displays

iOS Devices and Focus Braille Displays Over the course of the last five years, I have had the opportunity to work with several students of different ages...
4 students in a classroom setting editing documents using computers with screen readers and magnification software.

Digital Transitions #3: Editing Tech Skills & Activities

It is close to the end of the school year, which means test taking time.   Many students who are visually impaired or blind were given online, adaptive...
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Braille Club

Braille. Say this to a student who is blind, you may get a groan; say this to a sighted student, and you get a more enthusiastic response.  One of the most...
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Using VoiceOver with Book Creator: A Blind Student's Experience

As a part of one of my secondary student's summer school assignment, one of she created the first half of an iBook about her community mobility based field...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
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Creating Headings for a Screen Reader: Lesson Plan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a number of wonderful Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms)...
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Using Dictation in the Classroom: Mac OS and IOS

Dictation is a voice-to-text feature giving students the ability to talk to his/her device rather than type.  Dictation is available anytime there is text...
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More Braille Display Chords for the Young Student: Layla

There are 6 chords that Layla consistently uses now that she is in first grade: R chord, P chord, O chord, G chord, H chord, and D chord. (See previous blog...
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using Ibooks to document O/M lessons

A quick how-to on using ibook author to create orientation and mobility books with a student. You must have a Macbook to buy ibooks author from the app...
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New on Paths to Technology: Software Updates and Curriculum Pages!

We are excited to announce two new sections on Paths to Technology!  Have questions about new features in iOS 10, TalkBack, NVDA, JAWS, Windows 10 and other...
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Cody went to Sheetz: iBook

Cody, a high school student with traumatic brain injury (TBI), uses an iBook to retell his Sheetz Gas Station O&M lesson.  One of Cody's IEP goals is to be...
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Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff: iOS app

Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff is a fantastic app created for emerging braille students.  Pairing the iPad with a refreshable braille display enables...
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Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display Video

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Getting Started on the iPad in Preschool

Kids who are blind need access to technology at the same time as their sighted peers. Young sighted children are getting their hands on their parents’ iPhones...
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Refreshable Braille Display Commands for the Emerging Braille Reader: R Chord & P Chord

After introducing a 4 year old student to the “Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff” app, she was hooked. I was able to use the app as motivation for her to...

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