Technology @ High Point, vol. 10

Tech for teaching and learning in our new space

Fill Your Toolbox!

Well-implemented technology gives classroom staff loads of tools for teaching students with a broad range of learning styles. The time investment in learning new technology will make teaching easier and assist students in advocating for their life-long learning. This newsletter PD is intended to help you learn new technologies at High Point a little bit at a time, slowly filling up your teaching toolbox throughout this chaotic school year.

This Week's Tech Feature:

Big button keyboard with bold letters

BigBlu Vision Board

The BigBlu Vision Board is a Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to a laptop, iPad, or Chromebook. This keyboard has large 1 inch square buttons with easy-to-see bold, high-contrast letters. The extra number pad found on the right of some keyboards has been left off to reduce clutter and the function keys row at the top are small to discourage accidental hits. There is a removable clear, plastic keyguard that can help with only hitting the intended key.

Who is it for?

  • Students with visual impairments will find the high contrast large letters on the buttons much easier to see than the standard keyboard.
  • Students who are easily distracted may find this keyboard easier to use because it has fewer keys to clutter the visual field.
  • Students with fine motor difficulties may have an easier time targeting these larger buttons especially with the clear, plastic keyguard in place.
  • Students who may try to damage the computer can use this wireless keyboard so they sit further away from the computer making it harder to damage.

Setup Instructions

Once the keyboard is paired with your device, you will only need to slide the power switch on the underside of the keyboard to "on" to start using it.

If your keyboard needs to be paired to a device, press the "Pair" button on the underside of the keyboard. The blue light on the top of the keyboard will start flashing. Then look for the keyboard in the Bluetooth Connections. More detailed directions are in the video below (start at the 1:30 point to bypass a very long explanation of installing batteries).

Getting Started With The AbleNet BigBlu VisionBoard Bluetooth Large Key Keyboard


Use the switch on the bottom of the keyboard to turn it off when not using and preserve battery life. A set of 2 AAA batteries will last approximately 90 days with normal use.

This keyboard and keyguard can be wiped down with disinfecting wipes to clean.

Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom