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How to Create Accessible Non-Visual Digital Maps of Countries

This document contains best practices for creating general reference maps of countries using Google My Maps so people with visual impairments or blindness can...
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What if I can't see the Screen: Accessing a Computer

What if I can’t see the Screen?  Considerations and Options for Accessing a Computer with Low Vision  Introduction: There is nothing more frustrating for a...
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Creating PowerPoint with JAWS: Commands

As educators, we are very familiar with creating and using PowerPoint Presentations. There are numerous posts on Paths to Technology about simple content for...
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How BLV Users Can Create Digital Accessible Maps

There is quite a buzz about the SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free Chrome Extension that enables blind and low vision users to access digital charts, graphs and...
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Mantis Q40 Video Tutorials

The Mantis Q40 is a unique 40-cell braille display that has a QWERTY keyboard for input and a refreshable braille display for output. There is a 6-key entry...
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Students: How to PRESENT a Presentation

After creating the slide show, the next logical step for students is to present the content of their slide show in front of the class. When delivering slide...
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Perkins Career Launch Virtual Business Tech Bootcamps

High school graduates need strong technology skills to be successful in professional settings. Do you know a high school graduate who would benefit from a...
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May Flowers: Presentation and Potpourri Activities

"Spring is in the Air" and "April showers bring May flowers" are phrases that we associate with spring and new beginnings. May is the month for chirping baby...
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Peep and the Big Wide World: Diagram Center's Accessibility Project

Peep and the Big Wide World is popular animated children's television series that revolves around the lives of Peep, Chirp and Quack. These whimsical...
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Add and Pass Activity: Google Docs Collaboration

My family has many road trip traditions such as "I spy with my little eyes" or "I hear with my little ears", trying to get the trucker to honk his horn,...
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Mother's Day Activity: Presentation Tech Activity with Self-Advocacy Skills

Looking for a Mother’s Day activity to do with students? Create a heart-warming Mother's Day keepsake for the 21st century mom! Support tech skills and...
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PhET Accessible Simulations: Physics and More!

PhET is a suite of research-based interactive computer simulations for teaching and learning physics, chemistry, math and other sciences. "PhET" was originally...
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TypeAbility: Typing and Computer Tutor Program

Update April 2020: TypeAbility 4.4.1 supports JAWS 13 through JAWS 2022, and Fusion 2018 through 2022! TypeAbility is a typing and computer program for...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part I: Sharon's Shortcuts

Do you use a PC?  Chances are you know and use some keyboard shortcuts, such as the keyboard commands to copy (Control + C) and paste (Control + V).  You...
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Egg Idioms: Tech Activities

An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Do you know what these idioms mean? He's as cool as a cucumber...
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Google Docs Table Activity: Warm/Cold-Blooded Animals

Preschoolers learn to group items into categories, starting with activities that group by color, shape or size. The content of what is being categorized...
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Bookshare Reader Suite

Benetech, the parent company of Bookshare, unveils a new suite of free reading software for school, work and leisure that breaks down barriers for people with...
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Maps of Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The news is full of the Russia-Ukraine crisis; history is in the making and many classrooms are discussing the current events. What should students know? First...

Dell Computer and JAWS Bug

Freedom Scientific Technical Support shares about this bug and a work-around solution. Short Description On Dell computers, Windows becomes sluggish, Virtual...
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Navigating Google Sheets with JAWS Lesson: Arctic Animals

Navigating Google Sheets with Jaws Lesson Allotted time: 45 minutes Group size: small group Standards Expanded Core Curriculum, Assistive Technology...
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Tech Skills: JAWS Commands Checklist

In recent discussions with college transition programs for students who are visually impaired, across the board, the main issue is the need for stronger and...
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Accessible, Interactive Math with Desmos

During recent discussions about what accessible math tools students are using, Desmos is always one of the first tools mentioned. Desmos, a graphing calculator...
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Accessible Periodic Table Options

"Anyone know of good accessible periodic tables, other than the APH one or the audio tactile from Touch Graphics? I have used both, but wondering if there's...
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Imagination Videobooks

All students should be able to fully experience the magic of illustrated books!  Imagination Videobooks creates and publishes animated videobooks and...
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Braille Math Editor: Student Video Tutorial

I like to say that now is a great time to be a blind person interested in STEM, as both accessing and presenting math and other STEM content is becoming...
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Wordle: 5 letter guessing game

Wordle is a free online puzzle game where players try to guess a valid five-letter word in six tries or less. Wordle can be played on a computer or mobile...
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Snow Globe Shake-Up: Tech Skills (cut and paste)

Snow globe shake up! Just like the snow globe in the story, the Snow Globe Family, your story has been through a snowstorm - and the story plot has been blown...
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JAWS and Grammatical Errors: Turn ON/Off Announcements

When a student is editing (or writing!) a document, it is important that the student have the same editing tools available as his/her sighted peers. Both...
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Browsing the Web: Video Tutorials

As an educator with vision, I have often struggled to learn the basics of various devices and accessibility features. Before I can introduce a student to...
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Lesson Plans for JAWS and for iOS

Hello. My name is Rebecca, but everyone calls me Becca. As a blind user of assistive technology for many years, I’ve loved technology since I was little. I...
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Windows Magnifier and Low Vision

Recently, one of my friends texted me asking for tips on using Windows Magnifier with low vision, and asked how to customize settings for Window Magnifier....
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Dark Reader Extension

Struggling with the brightness or glare when using Google Docs or other websites? During the pandemic school closures, students are spending more time using...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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JAWS Update: Sound Splitter

How can students/adults use listen to Zoom audio while listening to JAWS? This new JAWS feature, Sound Splitter, enables users to route all JAWS or Fushion...
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 4

TVI Jeanette Norman has created and shared free cane and braille-related Boom Decks for students with low vision. Her latest Boom Card Deck shares three...
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Emerging Reader Books: Instruments and Drums

Drum roll . . . can you recognize the different types of drums and instruments in these simple emerging reader books? Created for students with low vision,...
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Pumpkin Life Cycle Lesson: Presentation (Powerpoint)

Young students are embedding technology skills into daily classroom activities. Use these pumpkin-themed activities to reinforce concepts, reading/writing...
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Monster: Note Taking Skills

Note taking is an important digital skill for students to learn. Young students, including students who are blind or visually impaired, should be given age-...
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Envision #8: My Sweet Sixteen Tips to Note Taking Success!

To write everything, or not to write everything? Now that’s a question that has lost every note taker throughout history! Well, let me give you a hand! From...

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