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Mantis Q40 Video Tutorials

The Mantis Q40 is a unique 40-cell braille display that has a QWERTY keyboard for input and a refreshable braille display for output. There is a 6-key entry...
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AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence: Tech Lessons 2

These blog links support the AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence Chart for K-5 students using an iPad with VoiceOver. The AT Technology Skills Scope and...
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Snow Globe Shake-Up: Tech Skills (cut and paste)

Snow globe shake up! Just like the snow globe in the story, the Snow Globe Family, your story has been through a snowstorm - and the story plot has been blown...
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AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence: Tech Lessons 1

Tech Lessons: Basic Operations (Diane Brauner January 2022) These blog links support the AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence Chart for K-5 students using...
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Google Docs Accessibility Upgrade!

Classrooms often use inline suggestions when participating in group assignments that require sharing a Google Document. In addition, teachers frequently make...
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Teacher's Pet Online: APH Online Quiz Tool

Teacher's Pet Online is a free, accessible tool to create and share practice materials, quizzes and tests. The tool works with your platform's screen reader...
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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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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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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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ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

UPDATE! The ABC's of iOS manual is available FREE for everyone!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or kindergarten student who is visually...
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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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ObjectiveEd and Microsoft Help Students Practice Braille During Pandemic

Thanks to a grant from Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program, ObjectiveEd has developed Braille AI Tutor – an innovative system to enable students to...
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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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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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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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Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity

All students need to learn to use commas and have opportunities to practice using commas. Quite often braille students who are pulled out for language arts,...
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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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VoiceOver 101: How to use VoiceOver for Typing

There are times when visually impaired students benefit from audio input and output when typing documents, as it provides feedback that can alert them to what...
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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...
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Benefits of Using a Braille Display with Emerging Readers

Refreshable Braille Displays (RBD) are peripheral devices that display braille characters, usually be raising and lowering dots through holes in a flat surface...
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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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Noelle the Cat ePub

This month I created six more digital accessible books for my kindergarten student using the Book Creator App. Attached is an ePub file of my version of the...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

Editor's Note: The Smart Beetle is no longer available. NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on...
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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...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

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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Reading Adventure Time and Writing Adventure Time Apps

Reading Adventure Time and Writing Adventure Time are FINALLY in the Apple app store. Hooray!  These two apps are teacher driven, student friendly and they...
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Creating and/or Using Simple Digital Books

I still remember that first picture book that I read - ok, memorized - as a preschooler. I read that book over and over again, to myself, to mom and dad, my...
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Rhyming Activities for Early Readers

Rhyming words are simply two words that end with the same sound. Emerging readers often learn to read, write and spell using Word Families - a group of words...
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Orbit Reader 20: Using the Orbit with an iOS Device

NOTE: Prior to reading this article, you may wish to review previous articles in this series: Layout and Menu Structure of the Orbit Reader 20 File Structure...
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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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Braille Me: new refreshable braille display

The Braille Me is a new smart braille display by Innovision Tech. This refreshable braille display is a 6-dot, 20-cell display with a Perkins style keyboard...
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Using Technology to Access the Song "Here Comes the Sun"

The first evening of summer, the song “Here Comes the Sun” popped into my head, as I reflected over the school year and the progress one of my student’s has...
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SoftSchools: Free online games, worksheets and quizzes

SoftSchools.com provides free online games, worksheets and quizzes on a variety of topics, all organized by grade level. SoftSchools Topics  Math Math...
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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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QR Codes: Making Books and Worksheets Accessible!

QR Codes are exciting new teaching tools that can be used to make educational materials accessible! Teaching Superkids has created bundles of QR Codes with...
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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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Using the iPad for Universal Accessibility

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Assistive Technology Specialist, I regularly evaluate my students on their use of iOS devices with their...
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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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