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1 Tech for Kids with Low Vision Emily White Educational Support for Students with Low Vision

2 Tech is not the point. Independence and informational access is the point. Tech is a way to get there.

3 Tech Funding and Support Ask your VT! NP equipment: permanent loan, repairs and replacement managed through agreement with school and family Equipment Grants for students without PSD DEECD students only; CEO and Independent have others arrangements

4 Why Technology? INDEPENDENCE Cool factor Way of the future? Way of the now! Employability

5 Touch Typing Faster, clearer, more accessible and transferable than pen and paper Critical secondary/tertiary education and employability skill Lots of programs – free and paid – Tux Typer on DEECD PCs- free – BBC Dancemat website - free – Typeability - paid – TTAPS - paid – Ghost Type (iPad) - paid

6 Visual Access in the Classroom Electronic Magnification Units (EMUs) – Handheld (Ruby, Compact, etc) – Desktop (SmartView Graduate, 360, etc) – iPads Screen Magnification Software – ZoomText- $ but does lots – GlassBrick- free but simple–

7 Braille Technology BrailleNote Apex – Instant braille access! JAWS / WindowEyes / NVDA (screen reading software)

8 Interactive Whiteboard Access Not great with EMUs TeamViewer for laptops and iPads: – Laptops: Free download or run from browser – iPads: Run from browser (like Safari) – Teacher and student need accounts, easy to set up iPads only: – Whiteboard VGA Out App + Apple Lightening-to VGA-Out Connector (buy from Apple store or JB HiFi, etc)

9 Text Access Audio devices for books, documents, recording, note-taking: – Victor Reader Stream/Stratus – PlexTalk Pocket, PTP1 desktop – iPads Text scanning and conversion: – PEARL Camera with OpenBook Software

10 iPad Use for Low Vision Informational Access – Text – Visual Information Advocacy – EyeDecide, VisionSim Other – Touch typing (Ghost Type, BBC Dancemat with Puffin)

11 iPad Physical Accessibility External Keyboard and Stands – Touch typing – Touchscreen issue Ergonomics – Spectronics Gooseneck iPad Stand Expensive ($360) but worth it Or make your own!

12 Accessibility Settings – General Accessibility – Zoom – Invert Colours – Speak Selection – Larger Type – Bold Text – Increase Contrast – Accessibility Shortcut

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21 iPad in the Classroom Apps for Reading, Writing & File Management – Pages - $11 – DropBox - free up to 5GB - need an account – WebDAV- transfer files from Pages to DropBox- $10/year – My Scans / My Scans PRO - up to $.99 – Type On PDF - up to $.99 – Voice Dream - $6.49 – PDF It All - $2(?) – VOD - $25 – Slide Shark - free up to a certain amount of data

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24 iPad in the Classroom Apps for Maths – VOCalc - free or $.99 – VOTimer - free – Compass - free – MyScript Calculator - free – Talking Scientific Calculator - $6

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26 iPad in the Classroom Apps for Viewing and Presenting Information – ShowMe - free up to a certain amount of storage – LVC Pro - $5 – SRC Magnifier - $6 – Doodle Buddy - free – Big Browser - free – Puffin - $6 – TapTapSee - $ unknown

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30 Q&A ? SVRC: (03) Humanware: (03) Quantum RLV: (03)


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