Lesson Library

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In the 21st century classroom, general education teachers have numerous digital lessons, curriculums and educational applications at their fingertips. When COVID-19 pandemic caused school building closures, educators began to rely even heavier on online and digital educational resources. TVIs and COMS have been - and continue to be - challenged by the lack of accessible mainstream digital materials. Many TVIs and COMS are creating remote instruction, hybrid and face-to-face lessons for both Core Curriculum subjects and for Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). In addition, many of lessons are designed to teach specific skills unique to students who are visually impaired. What if there is a place where educators and family members can browse through and find lessons that can be used with students who are visually impaired?

The Lesson Library is one central place to find lessons and ideas to help educators and family members teach students with visual impairments. Paths to Technology has a multitude of lessons covering a variety of subjects and topics appropriate for students with visual impairments ranging from preschool thru college. In an effort to make it easier for educators to browse through the available lessons, the Lesson Library is organized into categories. The current categories include: 

  • Tech (iOS specific, Keyboarding, General Tech Skills)
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • STEM
  • Concept Development
  • O&M
  • CVI
  • Advocacy
  • Misc.

More categories may be added as the Lesson Library grows!

Note: Individual lessons may fit into more than one category. Posts in the Lesson Library may overlap with resources in the Book Library or Map Library. Content is being added daily, so be sure to check back frequently.

Lessons can be original ideas or modifications of a general education lesson. (Please be aware of copyrighted mainstream materials.) Lessons can be in any format, including written lessons, video, auditory, presentations (PowerPoints), and tactile formats. Lessons can be on any topic and for any preschool - college age group.

The Lesson Library contains lessons created by TVIs, COMS, educators, family members and students. As you create and teach lessons for your students, please consider sharing the lessons here on Paths to Technology. As a community, we can pool our creativity and resources by sharing lesson plans with each other, saving everyone time and providing quality and fun lessons for our students! Please share your lessons to technology@perkins.com or contact us through the Ask a Question form in the Learn More drop down menu on the left side of the screen. Thank YOU for sharing your lessons!

 

Tech

iOS Specific

Preschooler with fingers reading the braille on a Braille Display. Getting Started on the iPad in Preschool

Preschooler's hands typing on a Braille Display with an iPad and Bluetooth keyboard beside her. Refreshable Braille Display Commands for an Emerging Braille Read: R Chord and P Chord

Young girl with pig-tails intently pressing a chord command on her braille display. More Braille Display Chords for the Young Student: Layla (O, H, and D chords)

Glad I am not a turkey poem. Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plans (read & pause, screen reader speed, copy and paste, navigating & editing)

 Using tactile representations to explain iPad concepts to a first grade blind student. Simple Tactile Representations of iPad Features (home Screen & rotor)

I Hear Ewe logo and text, "Teaching VoiceOver Gestures with I Hear Ewe App" Teaching VoiceOver Gestures with I Hear Ewe App: Activity 

 


Keyboarding

Picture of a cartoon boy with blonde hair and blue flippers, scuba diving Deep Dive into the Keyboard

Index finger on a Bluetooth keyboard with iPad open to keyboarding app. Text: "Introducing the Keyboard: CVI" Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

Photo of hands with index fingers touching thumbs. Text, "Keyboard Yoga" Keyboard Yoga (hand exercises to learn spatial relationships prior to keyboarding)

 

 


General Tech Skills

Screenshot of the Word document, 4 Endangered US Mammals with arrows pointing to highlighted "Grizzly Bear" & "Heading 2" styles Creating Headings for a Screen Reader: Lesson Plan

 SixDotMath presents Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 1: Joining a class, Overview, Dealing with Pop-Ups, & Dashboard Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 1 (Video tutorial series)

The Spinrockers, Devin and Mary dressed in western wear sitting on a bench holding their canes singing The JAWS song, TSBVI logo The JAWS Song by Spinrockers (learn JAWS commands thru this song!)

PowerPoint slide from the Alphabet Book: Airplane image and sound clip. PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Tactile representation of a cursor placed between the first and second letter of the braille word "super" Tips for Young Students Learning to use a Screen Reader (screen reader concepts)

Cartoon robot with text: "I can read out loud for you!" Tech Recipe: Listen to your Writing (listening skills activity for students with low vision) 

Reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh through the starry night and text, "'Twas the Night Before: Comprehension" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension (tech skills and language arts)

A yellow background with a black and white computer in the middle. There is a blank white Microsoft Word Document open on the co Using and Editing a Microsoft Word Document (video tutorial)

Screenshot of Wacky Web Tales, the Beach web form with static text and text fields. Wacky Text Field Lessons: Understanding Quick Nav Commands (and Tab command!)

Photo of crafting small refrigerator magnets with scissors and magnetic tape. Where in the World is My Cursor? (concept activity)


Language Arts

Short list of attention grabber example phrases. Attention Grabbers Lesson Plans (spelling, keyboarding, tech commands, writing activities)

Photo of individual sight words flashcards on a ring with  text, "CVI Lessons: Sight Words" Beginning Readers - Sight Words: Lesson, Activities, Tips (CVI)

photo of Specdrum Braille activity: muffin tin, tennis balls, braille flashcard, directions square, Specdrum mat, ring and app Coding the Muffin Pan (braille dot activity)

4 students in a classroom setting editing documents using computers with screen readers and magnification software. Digital Transitions #3: Editing Tech Skills & Activities

Cartoon images: Ghost, Turkey, and Santa with text, "Reading Comprehension Activities" Gus the Ghost and Thanksgiving Poem: Reading Comprehension Activities

Screenshot of video: Graphic, "The Kindergarten Sight Word Dance Song" and Sight Word Lesson. Kindergarten and First Grade Sight Words Lesson

A large patch of pumpkins each with different painted on expression. Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Creative Writing

image of the free Education.com reading fluency worksheet and text, "Reading Fluency". Reading Fluency Activities: Elementary Students

Picture of the book "That's Not My Bear" book standing up with a brown teddy bear leaning on it. Reading Remotely (includes video story)

Screenshot of Baby Zoo Animals video book displaying elephant page with teacher signing in small window. Remote Instruction: Emerging Reader Who is Deaf-Blind (signed video books, digital books)

Reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh through the starry night and text, "'Twas the Night Before: Comprehension" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension (tech skills and language arts)

3 story red barn drawing with text, "Vermont Farm Lesson: Elementary Student" Vermont Farm Lesson: Elementary Student (includes two books, farm vocabularly words and non-visual digital map)

Screenshot of Where Do Commas belong? worksheet with fun sentences with missing commas like, "Let's eat Grandma!"  Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity (tech skills: navigation, editing, tables, and more!)

 


Math

Photo of alligator action figure with braille/print "33" card in his mouth and text, "Alligator Crunch!" Alligator Crunch: Missing Number (100's chart activity)

Sadie intently looking at Counting Numbers app on her iPad. Basic Addition: Lesson and Tips (CVI)

Photo of Sadie intently looking at math app on an iPad with number line. Text, "CVI Math lesson: subtraction" Basic Subtraction - CVI Lesson and Tips

Blindfold TicTacToe logo Blindfold 3D Tic Tac Toe (teaches grids, spatial concepts and mental mapping)

Blindfold Tic Tac Toe Logo Blindfold Tic Tac Toe: Digital Math Grid Game

Image of a bar chart and a pie chart with the text, "Charts and Graphs Skills" Charts and Graphs Skills Review (print, tactile and digital chart and graphs activities)

photo of student's hands on a computer display an Accelerated chart and text, "Choosing a Habitable Planet" Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity (accessible charts and graphs, science)

A Coordinte Grid template with the Origin (0) in the bottom left corner and both the x and y-axis going from 0 - 6. Digital Transitions #2: Math Grid Activities

Screenshot of an accessible lear bar chart in the Pages app. Digital Transitions #4: Bar Charts (Fall Leaf Activity) (contains tactile and digital bar chart activities; pair with Simple Bar Chart post below)

Bar chart showing number of leaves by species Activity: Create and Share a Simple Bar Chart (SAS Graphics Accelerator: this post is paired with the Fall Leaf Activity post above)

photo of iOS Positions in Table game with Wikki Stix outline of table and text, Accessible Digital Tables" Introducing Accessible Digital Grid and Table

Screenshot of iPhone phone app displaying a numpad and text, "Numpad Layout" Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

Little girl leaning over and counting wrapped candies on the floor and text, "Math Apps Summary Post for K-3rd Grade" Math Apps Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade (includes teaching digital math tech skills)

Image of a computer showing numerous math equations and text, "Math by Ear: Intro" Math by Ear: Introduction

Image of a computer screen with numerous math equations and text, "Math by Ear: Negative Numbers" Math by Ear: Add and Subtract Negative Numbers (video lesson)

Screenshot of Move to Measure app showing ruler, protractor, settings and help. Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities (blocks, rules, protractors, apps)

Colorful sound waves with text, "Sonification: Sounds with Meaning" Sonification: Sounds with Meaning Activity (auditory charts and graphs)

Screenshot of CodeQuest app, with a path through 3x5 maze and text, "Teaching CodeQuest" Teaching CodeQuest App to Students Who Are Visually Impaired (coding concept game which also teaches grids and O&M concepts)

First grade student with two hands counting out squares and moving a ladybug object to the desired number line 10-frame square. Teaching Number Line Math Skills: Part 1 (basic number line concepts & tactile activities)

Logan's hands on a tactile number line with a braille math worksheet beside him. Teaching Number Line Math Skills: Part 2 (addition and subtraction using a number line)

Screenshot of Cosmic Numbers level 1: Astronaut Tommy is on #1 of the Number Line with text, "Cosmic Numbers App" Teaching Number Line Math Skills: Part 3 (accessible number line app)

Photo of Logan's hands on a long number line and text, "Number Lines: Part 4 Teaching Number Line Math Skills:  Part 4 (applying number line skills)

 


Social Studies/History

Colorful US map with states and capital labeled and text, "Accessible State Capitals lesson" State Capitals Lesson: Non-Visual Digital Maps

photo of Pittsboro courthouse and text, "John's O&M Lesson #4" John's O&M Lesson 4: Analyzing Map Data (draw conclusions about city growth)

Image of 6 NC lighthouses and text, "Lighthouse lesson" North Carolina Lighthouse Lesson: Elementary School

US flag with 13 starts and text, "13 Colonies Lesson"13 Colonies Lesson (includes non-visual digital map)

Photo of End of Trail Statue: starved and exhausted horse and Indian rider with heads down Trail of Tears Lesson (Trail of Tears information and non-visual digital map)

 


STEM

Two high school students smiling and wearing sunglasses with a large puzzle piece with a wavy line in front of them Accessible Astronomy: A Tactile Electromagnetic Spectrum

photo of student's hands on a computer display an Accelerated chart and text, "Choosing a Habitable Planet" Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity (accessible charts and graphs, science)

Photo of Sphero ball and text, "Coding Club Activity" Coding Club Activity: SAS CodeSnaps and Sphero Robot (CodeSnaps Part 1)

Code Blocks sequence for Course 1, with CodeSnaps app on iPad, Sphero ball and text, "CodeSnaps #2" CodeSnaps Activity Part 2

Photo of 3 cups stacked in pyramid formation, tactile coding card, arrows depicting code, & tactile code guide. Unplugged Coding Coding Unplugged: My Robotic Friends Activity

Screenshot of Move to Measure app showing ruler, protractor, settings and help. Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities (Blocks, rules, protractors, apps)

Photo of Small City CodeSnaps course with text, "Psyched for STEAM" Pysched for STEAM: Coding Activities

images of Sphero, Code & Go Mouse, Botley, and three arrow cards with the text, "Coding Concepts" Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Screenshot of CodeQuest app, with a path through 3x5 maze and text, "Teaching CodeQuest" Teaching CodeQuest App to Students Who Are Visually Impaired (coding concept game which also teaches grids and O&M concepts)

Camper using a large eye-dropper tool to create a slide under a hood. Tech time-Out #3 Accessing Labs: Engineering Camp 2016

Makey Makey logo Makey Makey: STEM Activities and Lesson Plans

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Concept Development

Blindfold Bowling logo and text, "spatial Concepts" Blindfold Bowling: iOS Spatial Concepts Apps (spatial concept activities)

Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.Concept Development: Drawing (Sensational Blackboard)

Image of 3 year old Victor with procane by large red cement Target ball and Victor college freshman sitting on campus.  Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

 

 


O&M

Materials needed for this O&M Lesson: sidewalk chalk, measuring tape, and 36" long cane. BlindSquare Readiness Lesson: Chalk, Walk and Talk (clock and yards lesson)

Photo of Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities, standing at the front door of Sheetz Gas Station. Cody Went to Sheetz: iBook (self-familiarization O&M technique, mapping, book)

Student using an iPhone in front of a QR code.  BlindSquare on the iPhone is reading the QR code. Community QR Code Scavenger Hunt

Photo of School playground equipment lightly covered in snow. An Early Lesson Using BlindSquare Points of Interest

Picture of a slightly open classroom door with a key in the handle Escape Rooms: How Do I Get Out Of Here? Part 2 (O&M)

Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.Concept Development: Drawing (Sensational Blackboard)

Smiling 4 year old with precane bumped up to Red Cement Ball at Target. Text, "Own your Real Estate!" Concept Development: Own Your Own Real Estate

Image of 3 year old Victor with procane by large red cement Target ball and Victor college freshman sitting on campus.  Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

Image of Earth from space and text, "Google Earth O&M lesson" Google Earth O&M Lesson

Image of Pittsboro's Historic courthouse with text, " John's O&M Lesson #1" John's O&M Lesson 1: Non-Visual Digital Maps for Elementary Student (map software commands, general orientation to downtown area streets and landmarks)

Photo of Pittsboro Historic Courthouse and text, "John's O&M Lesson #2" John's O&M Lesson 2: Learn About Streets (city street layout and numbering/naming systems)

Photo of Pittsboro courthouse and text, "John's O&M Lesson #3" John's O&M Lesson 3: Whole-to-Part Mental Map (Big picture mental map using boundary roads)

photo of Pittsboro courthouse and text, "John's O&M Lesson #4" John's O&M Lesson 4: Analyzing Map Data (draw conclusions about city growth)

Photo of Pittsboro courthouse and text, "John's O&M (and Social Studies!) Lesson #5" John's O&M Lesson 5: 3 Types of Communities (Urban, suburban and rural)

Image of Pittsboro's historic courthouse and text, "John's O&M lesson #6: Road Numbering Systems" John's O&M Lesson 6: Road Numbering Systems (interstates & highways)

Screenshot of iPhone phone app displaying a numpad and text, "Numpad Layout" Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

kindergarten student exploring a tactile store map with an O&M Map Concept: To Turn or Not To Turn

Satellite view of Pittsboro Historic Courthouse circle with text, "Map Lessons: Getting Started" Pittsboro Map Lesson: Getting Started

Toy car on top of a print map. Road Rally: O&M Navigation Activity

Snowman picture with QR code mounted below. Snowman QR Codes: O&M Lesson

Screenshot of CodeQuest app, with a path through 3x5 maze and text, "Teaching CodeQuest" Teaching CodeQuest App to Students Who Are Visually Impaired (coding concept game which also teaches grids and O&M concepts)

Bailey, a white plush whale and Dory, a blue plastic fish. Teaching Echolocation Skills: O&M Activities

4 year old dressed as a cow walking with cane and 5 year old dressed as a witch, with text, "Trick-or-treat Orientation Activity Trick-or-Treat Orientation Activity

Screenshot of BlindSquare app's home page with categories of destinations. Using Blindsquare Simulation Mode to Create Tactile/Visual Maps (directions, distance and maps activities)

https://www.perkinselearning.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Tracing%20cover.jpg Using Tracing Apps: Part 2 (tracing apps and physical scanning activities for O&M purposes)

Image of 3 story red barn and text, "Farm Maps: High School" Vermont Farm: Drawing Conclusions from an O&M Map (non-visual digital map)

Kindergarten student walking on a sidewalk using a white cane and text, "White Cane Day!" White Cane Day! (white cane poem)

Cartoon drawing of two homes, street, sidewalk and parked bicycle. Whittier Falls Housing Development Map and "Circle" Concepts (includes non-visual digital map to teach shapes of various roads)

 

 


CVI

Sadie intently looking at Counting Numbers app on her iPad. Basic Addition: Lesson and Tips (CVI)

Photo of Sadie intently looking at math app on an iPad with number line. Text, "CVI Math lesson: subtraction" Basic Subtraction - CVI Lesson and Tips

Photo of individual sight words flashcards on a ring with  text, "CVI Lessons: Sight Words" Beginning Readers - Sight Words: Lesson, Activities, Tips (CVI)

Screenshot of CVI-Friendly Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video with outlined A, B, C and palm tree. CVI-Friendly Videos: Resources for Students with CVI

Index finger on a Bluetooth keyboard with iPad open to keyboarding app. Text: "Introducing the Keyboard: CVI" Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

Photo of Sadie with hands on the hour and minutes clock hands and text, "Teaching Time: CVI" Teaching Time: CVI

 


Students with Multiple Disabilities

Using laminated symbols, students learn to select the app the want to play.  Choice Making Activities with Switch Apps

Pizza Hut, Domino's, KFC, McDonald's, Burger King and Subway logos Cody Learning Life Skills Through Technology

Student using technology for digital literacy activities: social media, Internet search, reading, calendar, etc. Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

 


Advocacy

Battle of the Tools Abacus vs. Paper cover page Battle of the Tools (self-advocacy)

Picture of Alexis holding a framed certificate from the training along with very large finger print samples, etc. Exploring Forensic Science: Self-Advocacy Activity

Students viewing a professor lecturing with PPT Engineering slide in the background. Tech Time-Out #1 Accessing PowerPoint Presentations: Engineering Camp 2016 (self-advocacy for accessibility)

 


Misc.

Picture of an open classroom door with a key in the handle and text, "Escape Rooms: How do I get out of here? Part 1" Escape Rooms: How Do I Get Out of Here? Part 1

Clay fingerprints viewed through a hand-held magnifier Fingerprinting Forensic Science and Magnifiers: Magnification Activity

Hide and Peep logo: Cartoon yellow chick peeping behind an overturned pot. Hide and Peep App: Visual Scanning App

Image of cartoon man with headphones and hand raised playing a game on the computer and text, "Games Played on Zoom" Six Cool Games That Can Be Played on Zoom

Cartoon man with raised hand looking at computer at text, "Games Played on Zoom: VI Twist" More Cool Games That Can Be Played On Zoom Part 2: VI Twist