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Kids Listen Podcast: Practicing Tech Skills

Want to spice up your tech lessons and incorporate educational skills at the same time? This creative Assitive Technology Specialist used the engaging Kids...
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Practicing Gestures: Synchronized Swimming Activity

Rote practice is boring! Synchronized swimming is a fun way to practice your VoiceOver gestures, learn what the gestures do, and to build muscle memory. This...
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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...
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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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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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Tech Standards: Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver Activity Part 1

National Technology Standards state that students are introduced to creating simple presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides) in first grade and...
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Tech Standards: Adding Image Descriptions to iOS Photos

Mainstream National Technology standards require students to add photos and images to documents and slide presentations, which is typically introduced in First...
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Tech Standards: Accessing Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver

Young students are being introduced to technology way before kindergarten. Students who are blind and low vision often access teacher-created books and...
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Squigz: Toy to Promote Improvement of Developmental Skills and Independence

Squigz by Fat BrainToys are a fun multi-sensory toy that can help support many developmental skills. As a TVI, part of the job is to be creative in our...
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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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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...
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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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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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ObjectiveEd: Identifying Sounds

Auditory Awareness is defined as a person's ability to perceive and make sense of what is going on around them through sound. Students who are visually...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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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...
Photo of toddler pressing silicone buttons with index fingers using Dimpl Duo toy.

Dimple Duo: Toy to Develop Finger Strength

Dimple Duo by Fat Brain Toys is a fun sensory play educational toy, that can be used increase finger strength and finger isolation. The toy has six silicone...
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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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Santa's Sleigh Ride: Geography & Map Activities

Santa is preparing for his Christmas Eve run to deliver presents to children around the world. Find out how far it is between the North Pole and your house by...
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Christmas Alphabet Book

Alphabet books are among a child's first exposures to read aloud books and are important first steps to reading. Students with visual impairments should also...
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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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Format for Remote Instruction Lessons

The demand for quality accessible lessons is at an all time high during remote instruction and hybrid classrooms. Paths to Technology is building a Lesson...
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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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North Carolina Lighthouse Lesson: Elementary School

Imagine that you are a captain of a ship sailing along the North Carolina coast. It is night and the ocean is rough. You know that land is nearby, but it is...
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13 Colonies Lesson

The 13 British Colonies joined together to form the original United States. A colony, is a group of people who leave their native country to form in a new land...
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Rainbow Cat Book: Emerging Reader

Emerging readers should be flooded with interesting books and these books should be available in various formats! Preschoolers love to do the same activity...
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Vermont Farm Lesson: Elementary Student

During the Perkins Non-Visual Digital Map workshop, orientation and mobility specialists learned how to create, use and apply non-visual digital map skills....
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TVI "Push-In" During Zoom Class

Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) quietly and unobtrusively teach within the gen ed classroom. Subtle verbal or physical prompts are often needed to...
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Trail of Tears Lesson

Background It is 1830. The population of  U.S. citizens in Georgia is growing rapidly and pushing into the western portions of the state. However, the...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...

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