Introducing:

eye.t’s Spring Cohort!

Join a nation-wide community for 6 hours of live virtual training, teaching screen reader usage!

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Comes included with:

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The ENTIRE Screen Reader Curriculum

One-Year of access to our Screen Reader Curriculum including Part 1: Working with Text, Part 2: Basic Internet Navigation, and out newest course, Diving into Braille Displays.

A Certificate of Completion for 6 "Contact Hours"

Once you submit your own navigation sequence, you’ll receive a certificate of completion for 6 contact hours of professional development.

6 Bi-Weekly Hourly Sessions with Recordings of Each

Depending on which section you choose (you can do both), you’ll be meeting on bi-weekly Thursdays for hourly sessions, focusing on:

  • Session 1: Getting Started
  • Session 2: Introduction to Quick Keys
  • Session 3: Let’s Add Some Braille!
  • Session 4: All About Lists
  • Session 5: Preparing a Sequence
  • Session 6: Your Navigation Sequence

There will be recordings of each session so you can always go back and watch them! 

Keep reading on for a more in depth synopsis of each session! 

Breakdown of Bi-Weekly Session Topics

Session 1: Getting Started

In our first session, we will learn how screen readers actually read webpages. We will learn the vocabulary you’ll need to teach your students and we will learn our first Method of Navigation, Navigating by Clickable Object.

Session 2: Introduction to Quick Keys

In week 2, we will continue by learning how our second method, Quick Keys can be used to skim familiar and unfamiliar webpages. Then, we will apply this knowledge to our first two Navigation Sequences!

Session 3: Let’s Add Some Braille!

In our third session, we will talk about if, and when to add a refreshable braille display to your learner’s program, and we will use our knowledge of quick keys to examine how a display can be a useful tool when navigating the internet.

Session 4: All About Lists

In Session 4, we will introduce our third method of navigation, Elements Lists! Have you ever wondered how to navigate Google Classroom, or Schoology or Canvas using a screen reader? Well, Elements Lists will be the method for you. We’ll use these common Navigation Sequences to explore and investigate why Elements Lists is a useful tool in our navigation toolbox.

Session 5: Preparing a Sequence

In our last instructional session, we will talk about the 5 elements of an effective navigation sequence, how to prepare one and what to do when your lesson doesn’t quite go as planned.

Session 6: Your Navigation Sequence

In our final session, we’ll learn from your classmates as they present their Navigation Sequences. Be prepared to share, ask questions and make revisions to ensure you leave the program  with multiple lessons planned!

Sections and Dates:

Section A

Thursdays at 5 PM EST

  • March 14
  • March 28
  • April 11
  • April 25
  • May 9
  • May 23

Section B

Thursdays 3:30 PM EST

  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 30

What Does it Cost?

See our pricing table below to see the cost breakdown!

Got questions? We have the answers!

Which screen reader will you be teaching?

We will be teaching using JAWS, NVDA and Chromevox. The concepts we will be teaching cover all three screen readers and we will be supplying key commands for each.

You're saying I can learn all of this in only 6 hours?

Yes and no. This program is a Hybrid Program. Along with the 6 hours of live instruction, you will also receive an included copy of our Screen Reader Curriculum. This curriculum will be used alongside the live program to provide opportunities for learning even after the program concludes. After each session, we will be providing an assignment. Although optional, these assignments will be designed to be completed as a part of your teaching practice and will motivate you to learn and practice the concepts we are covering outside of each session. Will you be completely proficient with a screen reader at the end of the program? Probably not, but you’ll be well on your way, with a curriculum to guide you.

What is the Screen Reader Curriculum?

The Screen Reader Curriculum is a set of online, video-based courses designed to guide both you AND your learner through the process of learning to use a screen reader like JAWS, NVDA or Chromevox. With three distinct topics (Working with Text, Internet Navigation, and Braille Displays), The Screen Reader Curriculum  extends learning far beyond the internet and a one-year subscription is included with your Spring-Cohort Tuition.

What is a Navigation Sequence?

Think of a navigation sequence like a route. A set of steps that you take through a website in order to complete a specific task. Think of a task that you do online… maybe buying an item on Amazon. Your navigation sequence might look something like this:

    1. Go to the address bar and type “amazon.com”.
    2. Find the search field.
    3. Type the item you are searching for.
    4. On the search results page, navigate through the items. 
    5. Select an item that seems interesting.

But for a screen reader user, that same sequence might look like this.

    1. Go to the address bar (Ctrl + L)
    2. Use Quick Keys to find the search field (E)
    3. Type the item you are searching for.
    4. On the search results page, use Quick Keys to find the “Main Region” (R) 
    5. Use Clickable Objects to navigate through each item.
    6. Select an item that seems interesting.

We use this very simple process to organize routes through websites. Although it might seem complicated, you’ll notice that many websites have the SAME navigation sequences, the same landmarks and therefore the same key commands to access them. During the Cohort, you’ll not only learn our Methods of Navigation, you’ll learn how to apply them to specific navigation sequences that you’ll find in the REAL WORLD.

What makes this Spring Cohort from other PD opportunities in the vision field?

This program is for practicing professionals. That means that we will be giving you the tools between each session to actually TRY and TEACH the skills learned in each session to your learners. Then, we’ll come back and reflect. What worked? And more importantly, What didn’t? Instead of aiming to instruct and answer questions, we aim to instruct, and then use that instruction to empower a community of practice.

Still Have Questions? – Ask Us!

Schedule a consultation to see if the Spring Cohort is right for you!

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