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
- 8 Assistive Technology Devices for Seniors Living at Home
- For People Who Can’t Use Their Hands, Windows’ New Eye-Tracking Feature Is a Game Changer
- Eye Tracking In Windows 10 Is Available Now As Beta Function
- Video: The eyes have it: Windows 10 Eye Control extends PC accessibility
- Turn on Chromebook accessibility features
- Video: How to Customize Ease of Access Settings in Windows 10
- Apple Has teamed Up With Cochlear To Bring iPhone Users The First Made For iPhone Cochlear Implant
- The incredible ways people with disabilities customize their tech to thrive
- Video: Accessibility — Designed for everyone
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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