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Protecting Your Students When Reading: Laptops/Chromebooks, Refreshable Braille Displays

Illustration of a girl sitting at a computer desk using a laptop

When students use…

  • a laptop, Chromebook, or refreshable braille displays
  • on a table or desk
  • a typical chair

Using computer laptops, Chromebooks or even refreshable braille displays are not like using Desktop computers. Since these smaller, portable devices are most often used lying flat on a table or desktop, it’s important to address proper positioning to protect your students when reading.


TTS refers to tools that are designed to change digital text to speech and allows that digital text to be read aloud. Providing text to speech allows students to have access to grade level materials and listening to the text allows them to broaden their vocabulary as well as gain new information.

Protecting Your Students When Reading: Using a Desktop Computer, Table or Desk, Chair

Illustration of a girl sitting at a computer desk

When students use…

  • a desktop computer
  • on a table or desk
  • a typical chair

Children’s ergonomics recommendations tend to be similar to that of adults.

Font Size

Last month, the uses of the high-lighting feature were discussed in this blog.

This month let’s look at font size
and its impact on reading.

How to Protect Students when they’re Reading

While we all know that AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print due to a Print Disability, it’s extremely important to also know that students who are accessing AIM-VA’s digital books on electronic devices or hardcopy braille and large print books, need to do so safely.

Welcome to a new school year: HIGHLIGHTING

Last year, the beginning-of-the-month blog focused on different reading programs educators could use with their students to support reading AIM-VA digital files. In 2022-2023, the focus will be on common electronic reading features that students can use to enhance their reading experience. The first one we will discuss is the HIGHTLIGHTING feature available when reading digital text.

Reading Challenges for You! Summer Reading for Teachers

Summer is a great time for teachers to challenge themselves to learn some additional tools and explore options to support how to read that will help them when students return to school.

Featured Books & Reading Tools


Book: A Lion to Guard Us
Author: Clyde R. Bulla
Format: PDF: Accessible

Amanda Freebold doesn't know what to do. Her father left three years ago for the new colony of Jamestown, in America, thousands of miles away.

Featured Books & Reading Tools


Book: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
Author: Shelley Johannes
Format: PDF: Accessible
Barcode: 50011665

Beatrice does her best thinking upside down. Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands ... for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time.

Featured Books & Reading Tools


Book: The Good Dog
Author: Avi
Format: PDF: Accessible
Barcode: 50011866

McKinley, a malamute, is a good dog -- he's reliable and trustworthy. Whether it's watching over the other dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, McKinley never even thinks of letting anyone down -- until he meets Lupin.