Learning JAWS for Windows: SRT part 3

Check out this exciting curriculum for students to learn JAWS through a free interactive website with games!

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Next stop on our exploration of the Screen Reader Training website is the JAWS for Windows course. 

Navigating to the JAWS for Windows course

On the homepage of the SRT, you are presented with a list of all available courses. Locate the “JAWS” course in the list and either left click or press enter. Every course begins with a welcome page, where you can find out tips for turning on the screen reader, materials you will need to complete the course, the course objectives, and a lesson library. You can follow any of the lesson links to access the content you wish to explore. We suggest starting with Lesson 1 and continuing sequentially through the course. But if you ever need a refresher on a specific component, feel free to jump to that lesson from the library located on the welcome page. In addition, every page of the JAWS course will have a similar menu of links on the left of the page, so that you can immediately access the homepage, keyboard commands, or braille support.

Demonstration: Accessing the JAWS Course on the SRT video

Interacting with course content

Follow each lesson as it guides you through learning about the different keyboard commands you will use to navigate your device with JAWS. Sprinkled throughout the course you will find fun and silly riddles and puzzles to practice your skills. The following video demonstrates a practice page located in Lesson 3 of the JAWS for Windows course. Students have an opportunity to practice interacting with links. Users are required to navigate by pressing tab, u, v, and listing links. The lesson concludes with a silly scavenger hunt through a story about a dragon who just wants to eat some tacos. Have fun with it!

Demonstration: Navigating a JAWS lesson video

More learning in the game portal

Once a student has completed the entire course, there is still more fun to be had in the game portal. There are escape rooms, a library, and a spaceship and guide animal design studio. This video demonstrates the guide animal design activity. It’s a chance to blend your student’s creativity with the robust skillset they’ve just developed. Check it out!

Demonstration: JAWS and SRT Game Portal video

We hope you find ways to incorporate the JAWS for Windows course into your instruction, and always feel free to fill out the contact feedback form on the SRT website to provide valuable comments and questions. 

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