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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coding Concepts #2: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

This is a second activity in the Coding Concepts using familiar stories series. See the first post, Coding Concepts: Going on a Bear Hunt which includes a fun...
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Ballyland Code 3: Pick Up

For basic game play and information, view the first two posts on the previous Ballyland Code apps: Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor The...
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Coding Concepts: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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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Hidden Resources: Collaborative AT Projects with Universities

Universities are actively seeking worthy projects and community collaborators. After learning basic computer science skills, these university students thrive...
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How Important is Tech to Students with Visual Impairments?

Academic students carry a variety of courses each semester and the student's TVI supports each and every subject. The daily focus is on understanding and...
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SpecDrums by Sphero: Turn Colors Into Sounds and Sounds Into Learning

Students with visual impairments rely on their other senses like touch and hearing to create meaning of their environment. As educators, we are responsible for...
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Egg Carton Unplugged Coding Activity

This activity is from Teach Your Kids Code website and is reposted and modified for accessibility on Paths to Technology with permission. On the blog today we...
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Coding Club Activity: SAS CodeSnaps and Sphero Robot

Cheers erupted when the girls' team and then the boys' team successfully coded their Sphero robots on a route around an obstacle. The Coding Club at the...
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Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor

Just released! Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor is the second, fully accessible coding concept game for young children. The first game, Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello...
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Apple's New Accessible Coding Resources for Swift Playgrounds

Apple's Press Release January 24, 2019: Today, we are excited to announce new accessible coding resources. You may recall we’d announced last May we were...
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Getting Started with Swift Playgrounds: Coding App

Apple's Swift Playgrounds is an interactive app that teaches how to write Swift code - Swift is the language that developers use to build iOS apps. Swift...
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Learning to Fish: Problem-Solving and Other Basic Skills for Future Blind Coders

I am a retired Rehabilitation Counselor who is blind. I am neither a coder nor   a technology specialist, but someone who would like to shine a light on the...
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HopScotch Coding App Review

A couple of months ago, I discovered the Hopscotch app on an elementary school iPad. At first, I wasn't sure what the app was supposed to do, but it seemed to...
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SoloLearn Programming App Review

I've been working towards learning more about programming and coding languages outside of the classroom, because I want to stand out more when applying for...
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Using Assistive Technology with Hour of Code

Today is a special day, because thousands of students from all around the world are going to be introduced to computer science for the first time with Hour of...
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Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello (iOS app)

Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello is a fully accessible iOS app that teaches beginning coding logic skills geared for young children! Coding logic is a skill set...
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Accessible Coding

When I was in high school, i remember being under the impression that only the “really super smart kids” would be able to learn computer code in their “...
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Hour of Code

Students are living in a digital world - computers are a part of every day life. Just as students need print and/or braille literacy, students also need to...
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Read Read: braille game

The Read Read is an electronic emerging braille device composed of movable tiles with both braille and raised print letters. As a student runs his/her finger...
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Makey Makey: STEM activities and lesson plans

Exciting STEM activities are embedded into elementary classrooms. Classroom kits, such as robotic kits, Arduinos and Makey Makey are introducing young students...
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Digital Transitions #2: Math Grid Activities

"Our classrooms are becoming paperless."  This statement is flying around classrooms but what does it mean for students with visual impairments and blindness?...
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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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