Zoom, Zoom

Getting the big picture isn't that hard.

 Whether you're using a mobile device or sitting in front of your laptop or desktop computer, there are times when it can be difficult to read whatever is on the screen. Luckily, there are ways to fix this problem.

Eric Griffith of PCMag explains how to use the Magnifier Tool that comes with every operating system. Griffith provides detailed steps for turning on the magnifying tools for Windows and Apple. He also discusses how to do the same thing with Android and iOS devices.

Supporting Web Links
Discussion Questions/Activities 
  1. Demonstrate the use of the Magnifier Tool to the class and ask them about other assistive technologies they may be familiar with. Consider sharing one of the videos from the Supporting Web Links section to introduce students to some of the other tools available for those that need them.
  2. Divide the class into small groups and ask each group to research an example of assistive technology. Does the technology work with all operating systems? If not, is there a similar tool for other operating systems? What is the technology designed to do? Does it require special equipment? Does it come installed with the operating system or must it be purchased separately? Each group should create a presentation to showcase the tool they researched.
  3. As an individual project, ask students to explore an app designed to provide ease of access for users of mobile devices. What is the app's purpose? How does it work? Will it work with Android and iOS devices? Students should answer these and any other pertinent questions and explain the app in a brief report.


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