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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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How to Run Effective Web Searches

How to Run Effective Web Searches Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays and...
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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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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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Compass Program: Informational Meeting and Registration

Questions about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session on February 10. We're now accepting applications for the 2021-22 session of Compass, our nine-month...
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Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision

Taking Online English Classes with Low Vision Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to take two different online English classes and was able...
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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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Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson can be adapted to any age group from about five years and above. You will see this in many of my lessons, why, because this is a tool, use it to...
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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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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 currently available FREE for everyone during COVID-19!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or...
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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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More Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom Part 2: VI Twist

The initial post, Six Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom, was a huge success! More than 2,000 educators/families read this post the first week it was...
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ObjectiveEd Daily Live Webinars

We are now offering two live webinars every day - one focused on Orientation & Mobility skills and Assistive Technology skills, and another focused on...
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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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Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments to Access Curriculum

The Idea We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources...
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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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Accessibility Overview Workbook Series 4: Dictation

In this workbook series we will learn how to access basic accessibility features on a mobile device running iOS (iPad/iPhone). Today’s lesson will cover...
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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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BADIE Contest: Benefits of Audio Description in Education

Press Release: The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are continuing...
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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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Note-taking Applications Part 4: Android

This post is the fourth in a series on using tablet applications to scan or open files and make markups (annotations) on the documents. In Note-taking...
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Editing Text iOS and iPadOS 13

iPadOS and iOS 13 have added these helpful editing gestures - perfect for students with low vision. Note: These gestures are mainstream gestures, not VoiceOver...
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Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 3

In Part 1 of my posts on the topic of notetaking apps for the iPad, Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 1, I discuss two available iOS apps, PDF Expert...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"Letter School" App: learn to write letters and numbers

My students & I love the Letter School app - It is very engaging & kids can do it independently, don't have to rely on adult prompting. Large letters/...
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Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired Student to Type?

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Strategies for Teaching Touch Typing to Students with Visual Impairments...
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ATIA tools for the visually impaired and blind worth exploring

I recently attended the Assistive Technology Industry Association exhibit hall in Orlando, Florida. The products presented were designed to enhance the lives...
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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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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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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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Typio's fun winter-themed update!

Typio by Accessibyte is a fully accessible typing tutor which guides students through the whole keyboard. Students can learn from the 45 included lessons, or...

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