30 Apps for Educators

Another great article about Apps for Educators. Some of these are repeats of ones I know and love. Others are new to me.

I am not sure of the accessibility of these – that is a main reason why we need to talk to the classroom teachers and remind them, when requiring the use of an app or product, include the flexibility to use others for the demonstration of the knowledge. You never know when that new tool is truly universal.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/22/30-apps-educators-634/

Making Digital Content Universally Accessible

Here is a great article about making digital content universally accessible. As school districts invest in digital materials, they sometimes lack in understanding of the need for accessible even for these items.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/12/digital-content-accessible-563/2/?

On that note, we also have to understand digital is not always the way to go! A social studies textbook that is digital is great, except for maps and graphs. My braille reading student still needs to get hands on graphs and maps for true understanding of this type of representation. Did the school district ask how this student would get access to these materials?

Pilot the National Currency Reader!

Pilot:  Beginning September 2, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, (NLS) the BEP will initiate a four-month pilot where NLS patrons can pre-order a currency reader.  The pilot program allows the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers.   To receive a currency reader, eligible individuals who are currently patrons of NLS need only call 1-888-NLS-READ; the account will be noted and a currency reader will be delivered to the address on file.
 

National Rollout: Currency readers will be widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, starting January 2, 2015.  Individuals who are not NLS patrons must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications will be available on this website and processed for non-patrons of NLS beginning January 2, 2015.

http://www.bep.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html

-Sorry for the poor layouts of the recent blogs. WordPress is going through some changes and it has made posts difficult to lay out and difficult to schedule posts. I have my fingers crossed it will improve during the month.

Braille Made Easy with Vibrating Electronic Glove

All I can say is ‘WOW’. I would love to know more about how the vibrations relate to the placement of the dots for someone to learn the code. I do chuckle a little since they are calling braille a language when it is truly a code. I am guessing they did not consult someone about this.

Love our new technological world – it is opening up so many possibilities.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/braille-made-easy-vibrating-electronic-glove-153832175.html;_ylt=AwrBJR7Cra1TFVUAaGnQtDMD

Do You Know The Importance of 168?

If you read this blog: http://www.givemore.com/blog/exciting-balance/

You will see that 168 is the number of hours available to you in a week. The statement that meant the most to me in his blog was this

And, if you’re lucky enough to love your work (or learn how to love making a contribution and love the people around you at work), it’s paradise (really).

I love my work and always have. Being a teacher of the visually impaired and orientation and mobility specialist has been like not working a day in my life. If you are a TVI or O&M specialist, chances are you love your job, too. These two career paths rarely find someone ditching it for another career path. We stay forever!!