Three University of North Carolina computer science students created a beginning spelling game app that is totally accessible! Spellgate, a free app, is now in the app store. Zoom and VO work well with the game. They also added an option in settings so that when you use the Refreshable Braille Device (RBD), you can turn off the picture labeling if desired so that the RBD does not spell out the picture label. (Spelling out the picture label provides the answer!) You can also mute VO and the student will have to rely on reading the RBD letters.

The students will continue to work on the game next semester, so please provide your input! They plan to do some fine tuning and hope to add letter recognition (matching letters) and a way for teachers to add their own words., pub-3447701155434117, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

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For the low vision user who is connected to the teacher’s computer with their iPad–with something like airdisplay or any other device that will extend the teacher’s screen, the student can now take a screen shot of say a math problem and freeze it on their iPad so they can complete the problem.

The student will hold in the iPad’s power button and press the Home button, to take a screen shot. That imagine is a picture and is stored on the iPad with the other pictures. The teacher (or student) can then open that picture  from their camera: type on the top right hand corner and open in any “art” type app, such as SAS Gloss (free app) and then write directly on the imagine. So, if the teacher is doing a math problem, the student can snap a screen shot, open that picture in SAS Gloss and draw/type the answer, notes, etc. These images can be saved, emailed, etc. Fantastic way to have more options

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