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Blindfold Barnyard: Cardinal Directions Game

Some of you may have played Blindfold Barnyard.  It’s an easy game, where you drag your finger around on the screen until you find an animal, such as a goat, and then drag it to the fence where you’...

Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many of our students are assigned a tablet...
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Sprint and free KNFB Reader app

Sprint Corporation, commonly referred to as Sprint, is a U.S. telecommunications holding company that provides wireless services and is an internet service provider. KNFB Reader is a mobile OCR app...

Quizlet and Low Vision

In the last two weeks, it seems like every time I turn around, I have another test or quiz that demands my attention- sometimes several in one day. While each class I study for is unique, I use the...

Talking Turkey: Using the Butterball for iOS App

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. OK, that’s not quite true...I had it one year, but since it was just me and my mom, I don’t think that counts. I have no idea what I made, but chances are it involved...
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Want more educational apps that are accessible? Blindfold Games

Blindfold Games are auditory-based games specifically created for students and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Many of these games are accessible, auditory versions of popular mainstream...

Now Where Did I Save that Assignment??

I currently teach in two school districts which provide Chromebooks to students and use the Google Platform for online communications and instruction. For progress monitoring of skills, I needed some...

Use Adobe Fill and Sign to Scan and Complete Print Documents

An age old issue that TVIs face is the matter of general education teachers providing students who have low vision with regular sized, print worksheets.  The TVI might work hard to emphasize how...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

The American Printing House for the Blind has been making educational materials more accessible for almost as long as braille has existed. And now we’re transforming access as dramatically as braille...

How to Make Music Accessible with Microsoft Publisher

I frequently create my own accessible copies of music for band, where I play clarinet. I don't use any specific music software, and instead choose to use Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing...

Ballyland Sound Memory Game: Matching and Math Grids

Students and educators are clamoring for educational apps that are accessible - especially apps that teach skills that are unique to students who are visually impaired. Ballyland Sound Memory is an...

How to Create Accessible PowerPoints

Out of all of the presentation software out there, PowerPoint is by far the most used in all of my classes. It's not difficult to see why- it's easy to use, supported across many devices, and...

Five Low Vision Twitter Accounts to Follow

I've been on Twitter for a little less than a year now, and didn't start actively using the platform until March. Since then, I've discovered that there is a whole world of resources on low vision,...

Going Paperless with Dropbox

As itinerant teachers, organization and access is key to being productive.  One thing that I have found helpful is going paperless by uploading paper versions of documents onto the Dropbox app.  That...

1Password: An Accessible and Secure Password Storage Option

Introduction I hate remembering passwords. And making new ones is particularly hard because it’s a stretch to deviate from my standard go-to options (and no, I’m not going to tell you what those...

Halloween Suduko Puzzle: Grids and Tables

Sudoku is a fun puzzle that lets kids use their logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Sudoku puzzles are traditionally numbers; however, any pictures or words can be turned into Sudoku...

Accessing the Periodic Table

In many high school and college science classes, students often encounter the Periodic Table. Typically, it is presented in an inaccessible format, with lots of small numbers and hard to read text....

Reading Fluency Activities: Elementary Students

Reading fluency is the ability to read “like you speak”. There are three aspects to fluent reading: Accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate with appropriate expression. Non-fluent...

Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Digital Creative Writing

Crisp, cool weather means colorful leaves, hay rides, and pumpkins! Classrooms are decorated with spider webs, pumpkins and corn stalks. These fall themes can easily be incorporated into fun writing...

Blindfold Sea Battle: Accessible iOS Battleship Game that Reinforces Grid Concepts

After I built Blindfold 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, several teachers of visually impaired students wanted more games to improve grid navigation skills. One person suggested the game Battleship, which is played...

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