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CodeQuest: A Free APH App!

"Five new planets were discovered at the edge of the known universe by scientists from the intergalactic space agency. You must now use the remote interface of...
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Swift Playgrounds Video

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today, I want to show you how you can code in Swift Playgrounds while using VoiceOver. VoiceOver is Apple’s screen reader that...
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Code Jumper is now available!

Code Jumper is now available for purchase! To purchase your kit today please visit our Code Jumper product page. Want to learn more about Code Jumper?  Join...
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Math Apps Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

In the last several weeks, I have received numerous questions about accessible digital math options for K-3rd grade students who rely on a screen reader. With...
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Coding, Cubetto and O&M

Around this time last year, a colleague of mine in the district’s Assistive Technology Program began exploring the coding equipment that had been purchased for...
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Upcoming Virtual O&M Opportunities

For most of us, traditional, direct service O&M with cane instruction and community travel is not an option during the current COVID-19 Stay-Home order. O...
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Socratic App Accessibility Review

As a college student studying data science, I have to have a basic understanding of different subjects and topics so that I can better understand the data I am...
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Ballyland iOS Apps Free During School Closures

From Sonokids: In response to the current global situation, Sonokids has decided to offer all Ballyland game apps for iPad for free from 1 April 2020. Learn...
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It's My Job Podcast #2: Dr. Cynthia Bennett

In this interview, Sienna guides Dr. Bennett through an upbeat, lively interview about school, technology and her career. Dr. Bennett researches technology,...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #2 Swift Playgrounds

Sienna, a vivacious 4th grader from Guatemala, created a quick video demonstrating the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift Playgrounds is Apple's app that teaches...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #1 CodeQuest

Sienna, a fourth grade student in Guatemala, shares her experiences about coding/robotics class at school and her search for accessible coding applications for...
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Virtual Instruction: O&M

Educators are being asked to prepare lesson plans for virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus threat. Yesterday, entire states have been proactive and have...
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Code Jumper is now available!

APH's press release 2/26/20 We are thrilled to announce that your wait is now over - Code Jumper, the incredible innovation designed to teach children who are...
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Field Test an iOS App (TestFlight and CodeQuest apps)

Updated 2/10/20 with a student-made video of how to provide feedback through the TestFlight app! App developers are just that - they DEVELOP apps; rarely do...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed several unique tech-related skills that students with visual impairments need to fully interact with and understand math...
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9 Ways to Customize Blackboard for Students

My university uses a virtual learning and course management system called Blackboard, which houses all of the assignments and information about my classes,...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 1

There are digital tools available that enable students with visual impairments to access digital math and more resources are being developed! As educators, we...
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Teaching the CodeQuest App to Students who are Visually Impaired

Coding concept games are introduced in mainstream preschool and kindergarten classes. These early logic games center around unplugged activities (no devices)...
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TVI and O&M Professional New Year's Resolutions

The crazy and joyful holiday rush is past and hopefully everyone has time to relax. As I reflect on 2019 (how has another year already flown by?) and ponder...
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Ten Questions to Ask when Changing Your Major

While I have always been interested in studying assistive technology, I have changed my major three times in college. Each time I have changed, I have asked...
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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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CodeQuest: Accessible Coding Concept App

APH is seeking teachers to test an iPad app called “CodeQuest”. The game is designed to teach fundamental coding concepts like sequencing and looping to young...
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Apple expands Everyone Can Code to bring more coding resources to teachers and students

Apple Press Release November 20, 2019 Apple today unveiled completely redesigned Everyone Can Code curriculum to help introduce more elementary and middle...
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Coding Activities Workshop

UPDATE!! This popular hands-on workshop is being offered again on April 2 - 3, 2020!  What do BeeBots, Code Mouse, Botley, Sphero, egg cartoons, and...
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Coding Posts Summary

Coding has gone mainstream! Coding concepts are being integrated into core subjects and are being introduced in preschool. Learn how students with visual...
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Sphero City Activity

The original Sphero City activity by SpheroEDU, encourages students to either design an original Sphero City or to design a city from history. As an O&M, I...
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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...
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Coding the Muffin Pan

In April, we introduced the idea of using Specdrums by Sphero to turn colors into sounds and sounds into learning. The Specdrum is a silicone ring that, when...
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CentOS Accessibility for Low Vision

In one of the data science computer labs on my college campus, the default operating system is CentOS, a well-known Linux distribution. While a lot of my...
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Introducing Accessible Digital Grid and Table

Tables – which are basically grids – are incorporated into the kindergarten curriculum. Students are often introduced to tables with a very simple 3x3 grid...
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Code Jumper: APH and Humanware International Partners

We are very pleased to be the chosen partner by the American Printing House for the Blind to distribute Code Jumper internationally outside of the US....
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 2 (Hurricane Dorian)

This challenge follows the first Robot Obstacle Challenge post, Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenge 1.As educators, we know that our students are most...
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 1

21 century classrooms encourage students to “think”. Instead of regurgitating a series of facts, students are asked to apply the facts learned to analyze why...
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Coding Unplugged: My Robotic Friends Activity

Note: This version of the Traveling Circuits lesson "My Robotic Friends" is brought to you under Creative Commons, with the understanding that any user may...
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Botley Activities #1: Accessible Robot and Coding Concepts

This wide-eyed beeping robot teaches students to code while promoting critical thinking and problem solving. Botley comes with a 77 piece activity set -...
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CodeSnaps Activity Part 2

Can you navigate your robot through an obstacle course without using vision? This group of high school students participating in a friendly coding competition...
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Coding Concepts: Code and Go Robot

Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is a hands-on tactile coding concept game, designed for ages 4 and up. This fun coding activity is a wonderful place to...
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Coding Concepts #3: Snowy Day

This activity has been modified for students with visual impairments with permission from the original author, Deidre Smith (JDaniel4's Mom) See her original...
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Building mental maps: preschool to college

As an O&M, my goal is to teach my preschool students to know where they are in relationship to other things around them and to know the spatial...
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Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 2

In Part 1 of my posts on the topic of notetaking apps for the iPad, Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 1, I discussed two available iOS apps, PDF...

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