Remote Short Course Offerings from the Carroll Center Technology Department

Can’t attend a training course face to face? Need instruction in a specific application on your phone or computer? Remote Technology Instruction is the perfect solution for you.

Carroll Center Remote Technology Instruction brings training directly to blind and visually impaired individuals in the convenience of any location; whether it be in the home, workplace or school setting. We use Zoom to offer hands-on practical instruction in a wide range of areas. All remote trainees will need a computer with Windows 10 or 11 and a built-in microphone, internet access, recent versions of JAWS (no older than JAWS 2023) or NVDA and Microsoft 2016 or Office 365 for those topics. Users should have at least beginner-level JAWS skills. If you do not already have a Zoom account, instructors will assist you in creating an account and installing the program on your computer.

Remote training courses range from several hours to several days. The courses will be held 9:00 AM-3:00 PM with a 1 hour lunch break. As reference material , we use the third edition of “The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More,” authored by Carroll Center instructor David Kingsbury.

A sampling of short courses appears below.

Introduction to the Google Workspace Environment

Course length: 2 Days

Dates: Wednesday, June 12, 2024-Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Google Workspace (formerly known as the Google Suite) has increasingly become the preferred platform for many businesses and educational institutions. Familiarity with its most commonly used applications can give you a leg up at work and in school. This two-day course will provide you the tools to get started, and will cover:

  •  Accessibility settings for using Google apps;
  •  File management and file sharing with Google Drive for Desktop and Drive online;
  •  Document preparation and formatting with Google Docs;
  •  Spreadsheet creation and editing with Google Sheets, and
  •  Creating and editing appointments with the Google Calendar, including syncing with the native iPhone Calendar app.

Software requirements and pre-requisites include:

  •  Windows 10 or 11, Microsoft Office 2019, 2021 or 365, and JAWS 2023 or 2024.
  •  You must have a Gmail account and know your password.
  •  Basic knowledge of Windows file management, JAWS, web browsing, Word and Excel, and
  •  Experience using Zoom and a stable wi-fi connection.

Google Forms with JAWS

Course length: 1 Day

Dates: Thursday, July 18, 2024

Do you need to create a registration form for an upcoming workshop or conference at work? Would you like to create a survey or questionnaire and analyze responses? Are you interested in preparing quizzes for your students? Google Forms is a free and accessible application for creating such forms. And the form you create will be fully accessible. It is also easy to download response data to a spreadsheet so you can analyze results.

This training program, to be conducted remotely via Zoom to small groups, will teach you how to use Google Forms with JAWS. You will learn how to create and edit forms and quizzes, as well as how to download responses.

Prerequisites – You must have:

  •  A Gmail account and know your password so you can sign in.
  •  Intermediate knowledge of JAWS and keystrokes for web browsing.
  •  Basic knowledge of Excel.
  •  Experience using Zoom and a stable wi-fi connection.

Format and Proofread Your Word Document Like a Pro

Course length: 1 Day

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024

JAWS has many powerful tools to help you to be more efficient and consistent in formatting and proofing your documents. Mastering these tools will allow you to produce more professional-looking documents than many of your sighted peers. This one-day course will cover the following topics:

  •  Overview of the Word ribbon menus;
  •  Font formatting, including font style, size, attributes and color;
  •  Paragraph formatting including alignment, indentation, paragraph and line spacing, bullets and numbering;
  •  Margins;
  •  Headings and styles for navigation and consistent formatting;
  •  Headers and footers, including inserting page numbers;
  •  Proofing tools, including spell check, Text Analyzer, and Speech and Sounds schemes.

Software requirements and pre-requisites include:

  •  Windows 10 or 11, Microsoft Office 2019, 2021 or 365, and JAWS 2023 or 2024.
  •  Basic knowledge of JAWS and text editing.
  •  Experience using Zoom and a stable wi-fi connection.

Creating Visually Appealing PowerPoint Presentations

Course length: 1 Day

Date: TBD

  •  PowerPoint is ubiquitous in the workplace and classroom. Although a highly visual medium, it is wrong to assume that you cannot effectively use PowerPoint if you have a visual impairment. This one-day course will cover:
  •  Reading existing PowerPoint presentations,
  •  Creating visually-appealing and accessible presentations,
  •  Using JAWS 2024 PictureSmart for getting more detailed descriptions of pictures, charts, and slide formatting.
  •  Strategies for making presentations to live audiences.

Software requirements and pre-requisites include:

  •  Windows 10 or 11, Microsoft Office 2019, 2021 or 365, and JAWS 2023 or 2024.
  •  Basic knowledge of JAWS and text editing.
  •  Experience using Zoom and a stable wi-fi connection.

To find out more about scheduling and payment options, please contact Bailey Harris at and fill out our technology application. Space is limited, so please register early. If there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants, multiple sessions may be held.