School personnel and adult family members who take MDE-LIO’s assistive technology workshops will now have direct access to a training system for magnification software and screen reader skills.
For more than 20 years, MDE-LIO has taught many assistive technology workshops using materials from Digital Apex (formerly DeWitt and Associates), which offers a range of assistive technology products and services. After exploring other training modules and resources, MDE-LIO decided Digital Apex’s materials were the best match for the needs of those in Michigan who teach technology skills to students who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI).
One of Digital Apex’s services, TrainingWare, and its Nexus platform, offers curricula for teachers to use when they are teaching students who use speech output or magnification to access their computer screen.
Each curriculum offers:
- Lesson plans
- Assessment tools
Until now, MDE-LIO has downloaded and shared Digital Apex’s training materials with workshop participants. Starting this fall, participants will be able to log into the Nexus platform directly. In addition to accessing training materials directly, teachers will also be able to input and track student progress. For example, the system automatically scores and generates a grade percentage for students’ quizzes. Teachers will also be able to enter and review progress notes for each student.
To access the system, school personnel and adult family members must take an assistive technology workshop offered by MDE-LIO on the topic. They must also work with a child or student in Michigan who is BVI.
Throughout the 2021–2022 school year, Digital Apex Owner and CEO Mark Nelson will teach several workshops in collaboration with MDE-LIO. Workshops will cover how to teach students to access Microsoft Excel and internet browsers with the JAWS and NVDA screen readers. Future workshop topics may include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Google software, and the ZoomText magnifier.
Learn more and register for a scheduled workshop: