By: Carmen Willings
It is common for teachers out of good intention to automatically enlarge all printed materials presented to the student and sometimes they over-enlarged materials. It is ideal for the student to use low vision devices, when possible, to view printed materials as it empowers the student to make their own adaptations. Unfortunately, copying print, maps and charts on a copy machine can frequently create fuzzy and hard to read/discriminate copies and frequently, the information can't fit on one page.
It is ideal to obtain a copy of the worksheets and handouts in a word document as you can easily adjust the font size, but in many cases, these sheets are not available on the computer. When you must enlarge using a copier, be sure the copier provides sharp, clean copies. There is no magical formula as the size is dependent on the original font size. However, this formula may be helpful.
When you need to enlarge maps, charts and diagrams, it is critical to have good contrast. If colored materials turn to shades of gray, it can be difficult if not impossible to distinguish the different areas and sections.
Tips for Making Good Quality Photocopies or Scans
Photocopy enlarging should depend on the abilities, ages, and preferences of students. Large print should be the last choice when enlargement is effective, since it restricts the reader to only enlarged texts and takes time and money to produce.
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How to Make Enlarged Copies
Visit the Printables page to download and print this free step by step pictorial directions for creating enlarged copies on a copier. Post a copy by copiers for quick reference to making quality enlargements.