[Athen] JAWS free training for AT trainers and teachers

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Tue Feb 5 13:40:25 PST 2019

If you haven't looked at the JAWS free webinar archives in a while, you might not have realized that another of their formerly paid trainings was now released for free:

I'm glad they decided to make it free, because it's excellent but not worth paying for, especially for sighted trainers. The software they used (TC conference) did not save the shared screens so you cannot see what the trainer is doing. It's better to simply download all the MP3 files and listen in your car, since you miss nothing by not being able to see the screen.

If you are a competent JAWS user already, the training adds nothing new. It's intended for people who must support and/or teach JAWS who are much less familiar with it.

Also released for free are their trainings on Office 2016/365, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. I posted about those before; they are all great for your students who need to brush up on those skills using JAWS.

Freedom Scientific is revamping their entire training; they now use Zoom which will record video of shared screens and their training webinars will be offered and archived for free access. Tomorrow's webinar is an intro to JAWS; on the 21st they'll introduce Fusion and on March 7, ZoomText. These trainings will likely be of more interest to trainers than end users, since it takes a fair degree of skill for a screen reader or magnification user to get Zoom going.

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