I (or the teacher) initialize a code at the very beginning of the lesson and then tell the code to the student. The student inputs the code on their computer and I can bring their computer up on my screen, no matter the distance. Some students use Skype, others just use the phone so we can chat while giving the lesson. This lesson is one of my students completing an assignment using excel for her math class. Watch video on Youtube: Dr. Robinson teaches using Virtual Instruction


Lessons to help you teach and learn

Twelve main Excel Office 2003 Lessons  
Twelve main Excel Office 2010 Lessons


Type documents in Word and quickly translate them into Duxbury, a braille to print, print to braille translation program. Learn how to double space and insert codes and so much more. Watch video on Youtube: Duxbury braille translation-Computer tricks, Spanish & English Translation

Lesson to go with the video

Duxbury braille translation-computer tricks, Spanish and English Translation

Have you ever been walking with someone or in a classroom and they pointed out a picture or something to look at, but you could not tell what it was, as they described it? Well, you may not have poor vision but poor color distinction or possibly color blind.

Here is a simply test you can do right at home with your computer. Go to the Colorblind Home Page and test yourself. There is nothing that can be done for color blindness, but being aware of it will help in figuring out better strategies in learning. Different colors give different contrast whether color blind or not. Better contrast will lead to better learning.

Lessons to help with contrast

Low Vision Skills-Windows 7 Office 2010  
A. Low Vision-XP-Office 2003



As you start to lose vision, or you are already low vision, it is difficult to pay the bills because of the tiny font. The MyReader is a special type of CCTV-closed circuit television, that enables so many abilities. This is just one. Watch on Youtube

Lesson to help low vision

 Low Vision Skills-Windows 7 Office 2010  

 Low Vision-XP-Office 2003

Magnify your screen, add Narration as needed-audio/visual lesson


A picture is worth a thousand words. How many times have you as a teacher sat in a meeting and showed the team all the paperwork you have collected on the student, or as a parent looked at the paperwork and had no real ability to put all that paperwork into meaning.

A video of the child's progress is very powerful. You can lay out the paperwork, THEN say, here is a video of where Susie was when the school year started. Here is where she was in October and here is she now in December a few days before our conference. Immediately, people on the team can see the progress and what all that data means.

I have used this tool for years. Where people will toss aside all the paperwork because they do not really understand, they thrive on the videos. So I place the paperwork in their files so I can continue to collect it, guiding me in their goals; it is the videos that the parents want to see for clear understanding of their child's progress.

Another great benefit in videotaping is the children watch or listen to themselves also. They can hear their braille reading and then work to improve in the areas they are the weakest. They can hear the flow of their typing on any technology. As a teacher, you can see this also, and then write goals to assist them along on their journey.

Before you begin, make sure you get signed permission from parents and school, then watch the magic happen.

Learn how to select words, sentences and paragraphs, spell check easily as you go, move quickly around the page.. Watch video on YouTube to get you going.

Lessons to help teach:

Five Lessons on how to change Font sizes, styles and color, including how to control JAWS

Office 2003 & 2010-Change or resize the font and size of letters and words

Word- Move and select text quickly

Office 2003 & 2010-Changing Font and format styles

Office 2010—aligning and moving around text

Word-changing font color in a text document

3 months into learning how to type on a laptop- Watch on YouTube. This is her main tool for outputting work and sending the work to her teacher through email. She knows how to use almost every aspect of WORD to do all types of work.

Lessons to help teach these skills

Eight lessons on Bookshare.org and JAWS

Everything you need to use GMAIL in basic HTML or standard view

SKYPE—for Regular Vision, Low Vision, and Blind

JAWS and Internet—how to get Going and Moving

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with keystrokes for Sighted

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2003 and XP

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with JAWS

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with Window EYES




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