[Athen] Question about using a magnifyer in the classroom

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Tue Feb 26 12:07:26 PST 2019

We are using the VisioDesk. I needed something that would not easily break as we lock these down to the desk in the classroom and some of the magnifiers with telescoping cameras look too fragile.

I know it isn’t as flexible as some of the higher-end systems but we are a large college, and I am concerned that other devices will disappear.

Also this is the first student who is truly unwilling to try magnification in the classroom.
I will continue to look at your suggestions; thanks everyone.


From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Maria Ortado
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I do not think this student is being difficult. They would have to adjust the focus and framing every time they have to switch back and forth between the board and their desk.
What about using your current technology for the board and a lighted, table-mounted, magnifier for the written/textbook stuff. Something like this:

Maria Ortado

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On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 1:20 PM Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) <hunziker at email.arizona.edu<mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu>> wrote:
Hi all,

There are times where we’ve used live streaming services/lecture capture/recording in a class (Zoom or Panopto in our case) and had the student use an iPad or computer to view the instructional content on the board. We’ve also had the student use the iPad camera zoom feature and that worked as well – it really depends on the student’s visual ability.


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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Robert Beach
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Question about using a magnifyer in the classroom

What system are you currently using? If the person wants to magnify both the board and handwriting at the same time, that sounds like a dual camera system. Some systems make it very easy to move the camera between the two positions. If you have something like the Transformer, maybe connecting a web cam to magnify the board and use the Transformer to magnify the handwriting. Then he would only have to switch between screens on the laptop, if you’re using a laptop.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
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Kansas City, KS 66112
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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Deborah Armstrong
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Subject: [Athen] Question about using a magnifyer in the classroom

We are a community college. I have one low-vision student who can barely see the board in the first row, so we want to supply him with a video magnifier for the classroom.

Ours have a rotating camera to magnify either the board or the textbook. Many of my students love these magnifiers.

But the current student says it’s too difficult to magnify both his handwriting and the whiteboard at the same time. Not having enough vision myself for it to be useful, I’m unsure if this kid is making excuses or it’s a real problem. My other students tend to just snap pictures of the board and deal with those photos later, but this student says what’s on the board is interactive and he needs to switch between writing, reading the board and reading the textbook in remedial math.

This student is resisting using any sort of low-vision aid, but he’s getting to the point where one is necessary.

What suggestions do you have for coping with this kind of situation? How have students coped with the problem of magnifying both the board and their handwriting, for example?


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