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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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Using the Writing Wizard App with Students Who Are Low Vision and Have CVI

The Writing Wizard app is an early education app that is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store.  Writing Wizard...
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Teaching Styles: Creativity, Written Expression & Collaboration

I was recently asked to be a guest lecturer for a university course at MIT and was amazed at how seamlessly the 3-hour class flowed between lecture and...
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Tips to Make Proofreading Feedback Accessible for Low Vision

Over the years, I have taken several different English classes and have had many teachers and professors ask me for tips to make proofreading feedback...
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May Flowers: Presentation and Potpourri Activities

"Spring is in the Air" and "April showers bring May flowers" are phrases that we associate with spring and new beginnings. May is the month for chirping baby...
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Add and Pass Activity: Google Docs Collaboration

My family has many road trip traditions such as "I spy with my little eyes" or "I hear with my little ears", trying to get the trucker to honk his horn,...
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CosmoBally on Sonoplanet: Intro to Sonification App!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! Astronaut CosmoBally has discovered Sonoplanet, a planet full of sounds to be explored! This fully accessible free app...
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TypeAbility: Typing and Computer Tutor Program

Update April 2020: TypeAbility 4.4.1 supports JAWS 13 through JAWS 2022, and Fusion 2018 through 2022! TypeAbility is a typing and computer program for...
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Talking Type iOS App: An Accessible Keyboarding App

Available with Quota Funds, Talking Typer is a game designed to teach keyboarding skills to students who are blind or low vision. Talking Typer for iOS is a...
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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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Egg Idioms: Tech Activities

An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Do you know what these idioms mean? He's as cool as a cucumber...
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Learning braille? Check out these braille songs!

Updated 03/22 with more Braille songs! Some students, including students who are learning braille after using print, may lack motivation to learn braille....
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Google Docs: Teaching Collaboration Skills with a Screen Reader Activity

"Back-in-the-day" comments added to a document meant the teacher's red pen marks on your paper, used to indicate errors or areas that need to be changed. The...
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Challenge Solutions: Google Docs with VoiceOver on iOS

As of 2021, approximately 150 million users use Google Classroom. How does a student who uses a screen reader use Google Docs on an iPad? Macy, with Challenge...
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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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JAWS and Grammatical Errors: Turn ON/Off Announcements

When a student is editing (or writing!) a document, it is important that the student have the same editing tools available as his/her sighted peers. Both...
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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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Note Taking: Polar Bear Video

Effective note taking helps students to remember information and aids in his/her understanding of that information. Once created, notes act as a record of the...
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Turkey vs. Bald Eagle: Debate Writing (and Note Taking)

Have you ever wondered why the bald eagle was chosen as the national emblem of the United States of America? What makes the bald eagle so special? Bald Eagle...
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Season-Themed Summary Post

Educators are always searching for ways to make lessons fresh and exciting. Embedding seasonal activities provides creative learning opportunities while...
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1st Day of Preschool: ePub Book

Social media blows up at the beginning of each school year as thousands of "first day" of school pictures are uploaded and shared. First day activities often...
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Monster: Note Taking Skills Part 2

In the first Monster: Note Taking Skills post, we learned to make simple lists with a title/heading. Students listened to short descriptions of Lulu the...
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How I Use the Apple Pencil with Low Vision

When I recently upgraded to the iPad Air 4th Generation (also known as the Model A2316), I decided to get the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation, as my friend had...
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Pumpkin Life Cycle Lesson: Presentation (Powerpoint)

Young students are embedding technology skills into daily classroom activities. Use these pumpkin-themed activities to reinforce concepts, reading/writing...
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Monster: Note Taking Skills

Note taking is an important digital skill for students to learn. Young students, including students who are blind or visually impaired, should be given age-...
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Veteran's Day and Red Poppy Activities

Veterans Day is a holiday observed annually to honor military veterans who gave their lives for our country. Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, the "...
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Braille Jingles

Music moves information from short term memory to long term memory. Jingles and chants can be a wonderful memorization tool for students learning braille. Lyla...
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4to24 App: Preparing Your Child for Success!

Transition skills start EARLY! This valuable resource begins at age 4 and is designed specifically for parents of students who are blind or low vision. Created...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 7: Color the Picture Worksheet

This series focuses on how to create tactile educational materials using simple software and a tactile graphics machine, such as a PIAF or Swell machine. The...
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Understanding the "Ribbon" in Microsoft Word: Screen Reader Activities

In order for your student to be a "Tech Power User", he/she must fully understand the different parts of the screen and how to navigate in and around these...
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Day One: An Accessible Journaling App

Back to school is the perfect time to introduce new activities. Journaling is a daily activity that has tremendous educational benefits. We often think about...
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Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 4: Maze Worksheets

Preschool and kindergarten classrooms are full of worksheets with fun images to color, find, circle, count, etc. Students with vision are learning and...
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Creating Tactile Graphic Images Part 3: Tips for Embossing

The first post in this series, Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines Part 1, we learned how to create a simple digital image for a tactile...
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STEAM Career Showcase 2021 for Students with Disabilities

The 9th annual STEAM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, a free virtual event for learners in grades 6–12, is an opportunity to connect with role...
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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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How I Outline Research Papers with OneNote

HOW I OUTLINE RESEARCH PAPERS WITH ONENOTE Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays...
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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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iOS 15 Dictation Update

Added in iOS 14, "On-Device Dictation" enables the user to dictate "on the device" meaning that the processing of voice dictation is no longer on the cloud but...
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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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