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Teaching Resources

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Absorbing all the features of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion can be a daunting task. When you add to that the nuances of G Suite, Microsoft Office, and other apps in your toolbox, a few hints would come in handy for both you and your students.

Below are links to several resources that provide teaching strategies and tips for using and customizing our products. Please use these materials to support your students while integrating these programs into your classroom curriculum.

To learn more, download or stream An Introduction to Technology for Teachers of Blind or Low Vision Students.

Training Modules

Our training series for teachers and assistive technology instructors serves as a guide to use when teaching JAWS. Through its targeted lessons, quizzes, and a multitude of free resources, you will gain new skills to help you train your students and clients.

Each month a new training module is published. These modules and lessons build upon each other to expand your knowledge of JAWS. Use the links below to jump to a specific lesson or start at the beginning by opening the table of contents.

Training Modules and Lessons
Module 1, Introduction to Teaching JAWS
Learn how to:
  • Navigate the Freedom Scientific Online Training Center
  • Access JAWS training in DAISY format
  • Access the Freedom Scientific online webinars and recorded archives
  • Watch training videos on the Freedom Scientific YouTube Training Channel
  • Locate accessible typing tutors and teach students basic document navigation
Module 2, Creating a Shortcut Key, Starting JAWS, and Creating or Renaming Folders
Learn how to:
  • Create shortcut keys
  • Different ways to start JAWS
  • Take advantage of the Startup Wizard
  • Create and rename folders
Module 3, Using FSReader and the JAWS Basic Training
Learn how to:
  • Explore the JAWS Basic Training Table of Contents
  • Read and navigate DAISY books
  • Access the FSReader Help topic
  • Use the Navigation Toolbar
  • Play, pause, and skip through narrated audio
  • Use the Bookmarks and the Search features
  • Install DAISY training materials using FSReader’s Table of Contents
  • Install DAISY training materials downloaded from the web

Downloadable Resources

Many of our archived webinars include reference material to help you create and expand your teaching curriculum. You can download all of our useful teachers’ resources by subject using the following links. These are bundled as ZIP files for your convenience.

Typing Resources

Mastering the basics of typing is crucial to anyone using JAWS. Several companies offer applications that can help teach typing skills, such as: