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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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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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Inaccessible vs. Accessible PDFs: Making All PDFs Accessible!

During this crazy time of school closures and virtual instruction, educators are scrambling to find digital resources. Often general education teachers are...
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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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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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Holiday Gifts for Students with Visual Impairments

Scrolling through social media and my overflowing email inbox, it seems that finding the perfect gift is on the top of everyone's to-do list. There are many...
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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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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Ten "Odd" Things I Do With Double Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have had double vision that causes me to see two of everything. The way I see double has fluctuated over time- sometimes I see...
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Using High Contrast Themes in Windows 10

This past month at my internship, I found that I was experiencing a stronger aversion to light than I normally do, so I decided to try using high contrast...
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Podcast? What is that?

Podcasts are a good source of information, entertainment, and education. Perkins recently released a Podcast called eLearning to go. I mentioned it to a...
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Voice Dream Scanner and Voice Dream Reader Demo

Voice Dream Reader is a popular and fully accessible reading tool for students with vision impairments, dyslexia or other print disabilities. Voice Dream...
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Voice Dream Scanner: OCR App

Voice Dream Scanner is an OCR scanner - it is used to scan an inaccessible PDF or text image and converts the text to an accessible document that can be read...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 4

Let the student drive It is important to let your student be the person interacting with the device during practice sessions. The ability to control when...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 3

Use content that fascinates The most important criterion for choosing content that your student will use to practice reading speed is the degree to which the...
Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology. www.veroniiiica.com

Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 1

This series on increasing auditory reading speed is based on a master-apprentice model. In this case, successful professionals with visual impairments like me...
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Five reasons why your students should learn to read at a rate of 600 words per minute

My personal perspective When I was in elementary school, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I hated to read because of RP. I had a great deal of...
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How to Embrace Assistive Technology with Limited Funding

In the middle of the night on November 14th, 2016, I started a website called Veronica With Four Eyes and published my first ten posts about free and low cost...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
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Bookshare Books read using Microsoft Word with JAWS

This post was originally two SC listserv emails shared/written by Nancy Irwin, who gave permission to Paths to Technology to re-post. Benetech, the company who...
Capti Voice Narrator App Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Capti Voice Narrator App Review

Earlier today, I realized that I had to read a long online article before going to a lecture. This task sounded very tiring, since I had just finished a two...
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Five Myths about Assistive Technology

As an assistive technology student, I have encountered a lot of interesting assumptions and false information about what assistive technology is (read more...
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RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
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Notability and Low Vision Review

When I started requesting digital materials in high school (read more about why digital materials here), I wanted a way to be able to access assignments on my...
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Use Adobe Fill and Sign to Scan and Complete Print Documents

An age old issue that TVIs face is the matter of general education teachers providing students who have low vision with regular sized, print worksheets.  The...
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Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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eReaders and Low Vision

I remember when Barnes and Noble first announced they would be selling their own eReader, the Nook.  The other eReaders on the market at the time had small...
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Digital Transitions #1: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help!

Paths to Technology is a Community of Practice, bringing together creative educators, tech savvy students, families and developers.  Together, we can discuss...
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Prizmo Go App Review: A free OCR app

Use your iPhone or iPad to quickly grab print text and convert it to digital text.  The digital text can then be read aloud by the app's built-in text to...
Google Chromecast Review for college students and people with low vision.

Google Chromecast Review

Occasionally, I have trouble focusing my eyes to read text on my phone or tablet. In these cases, zooming in is futile, and I find it easier to focus through...
Accessible Instructional Materials: AIM

All about AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials

When I was in high school, I was unable to read the textbooks that my teachers used in class. Since my middle school didn't use textbooks, I was surprised to...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line...
KNFB Reader: an accessible OCR app.

KNFB Instructional Videos

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  Designed specifically for users who are visually impaired or blind, KNFB Reader is accessible and easy to...
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Apps That Help Students with Low Vision in the Classroom

I started using my personal technology in the classroom full-time in 2013 when I started attending a high school that had wifi access available for students. I...
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Navigating the Web with Windows Screen Readers

Do you find surfing the web with a screen reader to be challenging?  Are you tired of navigating the web by repetitively using the tab key and arrow keys?  Jim...
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JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota Soon!

UPDATE: JAWS and MAGic Student Editions are now available on Federal Quota funds! APH recently announced that JAWS and MAGic Student Editions will be available...
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Kaleigh's Favorite Apps

Between all my devices, I use many apps (applications). However, some awesome apps of mine are all things Google & Google Drive, JAWS & NVDA, and Adobe...

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