Friday, March 2, 2018

4 Chromebook Accessibility Shortcuts

Here are some quick shortcuts that can be helpful when working on a chromebook:

  1. Increase size of text on the screen- Press Ctrl + to increase and Ctrl - to decrease
  2. Increase size of all items on the screen- Press Ctrl Shift + to increase and Ctrl Shift - to decrease
  3. High contrast mode- Shift+Search+H (chromebook only) 
  4. Highlight the mouse cursor when it’s moving- Settings → Accessibility → mouse and touchpad

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Socratic Math & Homework Help App

The Socratic Math & Homework Help App allows you to take a PHOTO of your homework question (in any subject) or math equation and get INSTANT explanations, videos, and step-by-step help. 100% free, NO in-app purchases.   It's available on android and iOS device.  Check out the math example below.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bookshare works with iBooks on iOS devices

Bookshare works with iBooks on iOS devices...
Now that Bookshare offers books in EPUB format, Apple users can read EPUB books on their computers and mobile devices using iBooks.  It has a few accessibility options for readability (including the ones built into your device under settings) and it's free to use!. 

Video Tutorial

Download EPUB

  • On the iPad, launch the Safari internet browser and navigate to Bookshare, and log in to your account.
  • Search for a book using the search box at the top of the page.
  • After finding the book in the search results, select EPUB from the download format drop-down menu, then select the Download button.
  • You’ll then be taken to your My History page. Select the Available or Downloaded link next to the status of the book to save it to your device.
  • Select the Open in iBooks button to save the EPUB file to iBooks.
Open iBooks
  • Go to Settings on your iOS device.
  • Select General, then Accessibility.
  • Under Accessibility settings, select Speech.
  • Under Speech settings, enable Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and Highlight Content. 
  • Open your book in iBooks. For best results, please disable Scrolling View in iBooks settings.
  • Swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to start listening from the top of the page.
  • To listen to a particular paragraph, tap and hold on the text to highlight it, then select the Speak button to start the audio. To stop the Text to Speech, select the Pause button.
Once you’ve opened the book in iBooks, you can use Apple’s built in Text to Speech feature to listen to the book. Before you can use this feature, you’ll need to enable Text to Speech and word-highlighting:
Once Text to Speech is enabled:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Where? Oh Where, Can I Find Free Online Switch Accessible Activities???

If you use switches in your classroom, you may find it challenging to find free switch accessible websites and activities .  Thanks to Andrea (an Assistive Technology Specialist) and her husband Gene, this just got easier.  Gene made it for her because she couldn't find anything online that she could set up with large image-based links.  This was important to her because she wanted her students to be able to choose their own activities.  Between the two of them, Andrea and Gene developed a wonderful website and have graciously agreed to share with us!

The website is essentially a scannable (2-step switch scan via any switch interface, using "space" and "enter") launcher with links to free, online-switch accessible activities that you can play from any browser!  There are single switch activities, two-step, mouse practice, etc.   It has auditory prompts as
Check out the site below!
It's still a new , so keep checking back for updates and/or changes.