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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"Dictionary" Skills and Tech

Are you teaching dictionary skills to your students? In third grade, the Common Core dictates that students learn to use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,...
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 2

This is the second post in a series about Braille Boom Cards. The first post, Braille Boom Cards, included three Braille Boom Decks – World Braille Day Boom...
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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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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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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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Orbit Teacher App: Remote Learning

The Orbit Reader Teacher app is a free app available for Android devices and Windows computers. Here is what Igor Feinberg wrote about how the Orbit Reader...
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TBSVI Short-Term Programs Class Videos

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a leader in our field. For many years, the TSBVI Short-Term Programs (STP) has excelled in teaching...
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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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Virtual Instruction: Accessibyte Apps

Accessibyte Online is a series of accessible educational games designed specifically for students who are visually impaired or blind. Accessibyte is compatible...
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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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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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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
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JAWS Topics: FINDing your way around a Word document

Hey y'all, it's been a while since I last posted but I am excited to get back at it today! I wanted to share a tip or strategy for navigating long Word...
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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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So Many Braille Displays: Which One is Right for My Student? Part Six

In the previous posts (see above) we’ve looked at a variety of braille displays.  In this installment, we are going to take a look at the fifth generation of...
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One-Handed Braille Entry to Windows Computers

I’ve got a neat new tip to share with y’all today, and it’s all because my student was confident enough to speak up and correct me after I made an incorrect...
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Google Docs Redux

Google docs In a previous post, I wrote about open source alternatives to Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Office Alternatives.  However, with the...
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TypeAbility: More than Just an Accessible Touch Typing Tutor

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed Starting...
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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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Microsoft Office Alternatives

A student who is graduating received a laptop for a Christmas present and he asked me about obtaining Microsoft Office or an equivalent for the laptop, the...
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Soundbible

Soundbible.com In the eternal quest to provide accessible, interesting educational content to students and, of course, educational content need not necessarily...
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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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JAWS Topics Series Announcement & First Post: Typing Feedback

JAWS Topics Series Announcement Hi there y'all! Allen here from Nashville.  I wanted to put it out there that I have decided that there's no better time than...
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Improved View in MS Word!

Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in the world, a productivity juggernaut of a program within the Microsoft Office suite.  Inevitably, we are all...
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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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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...

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