Safari Reading View

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

Reading web content can be very distracting.  In Safari, you can eliminate ads and design elements that distract students.  By using Reading View, students can read just the content of an article, blog post, etc.. 1. Before Reading View 2. After Reading View 3. Adjust Reading View 1. Before Reading View For example, this snapshot Read More …

Reading Supports in OSX

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

There are three main types of assistive technologies built into MacBook Airs running OSX that can help students with reading.  Since most reading is done in the web browser, Safari offers a Reading View that helps eliminate distractions for students.  There are also Text-to-Speech options available where the computer’s voice will read text found on Read More …

Assistive Technologies on MacBook Airs

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

I am opening a new series on my blog with a dedication to assistive technologies.  I’m no stranger to helping some of our students with disabilities find their means of connecting to classroom content and instruction (read more here about my work with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind; here on how we use accessibility Read More …

Two accessibility stories about how your first “one” needs to be the student, not the tech

Earlier this week, I attended an assistive technology workshop where I was barraged with tools that, as it turned out, we already had available thanks to my district’s device of choice, Apple’s MacBook Air.  You know the type of training: “Here’s the categories; here are the options; here are their limitations [because they are free]; Read More …

Prepare your environment for a Keynote recording

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Creating Flipped Lessons in Keynote

Did you know you can force any PowerPoint to convert to Keynote? That way, you don’t have to rebuild any of your presentations to start flipping your lessons. When opening Keynote, use the File > Open command to find the PowerPoint. It will convert automatically and report any bugs in the conversion process. Recording should Read More …

Accessibility is the new ability on MacBook Airs: Working with students who have visual impairments

Since the roll-out of MacBook Airs to students across my school, I have tried to carve out some time each week to check in on our students from the state’s school for the blind, who take coursework on our campus. The state’s school for the blind is a residency campus that teaches students across the Read More …