Photocopying & Making Enlarged Copies
By: Carmen Willings
revised September 4, 2018
It is common for teachers out of good intention to automatically enlarge all printed materials presented to the student with a visual impairment and in the process, they may over-enlarged materials. Keep in mind that the goal is to provide the least amount of magnification for the student to access information. For accessing reading materials, it is ideal for the student to use low vision devices to view printed materials. This empowers the student to make their own adaptations and allows the student to access ALL printed materials, and not just those that have been enlarged. Math worksheets and maps that need labeling can present more challenges for students and these worksheets frequently need to be enlarged to provide the student with enough space to write and allow the student to see the details.
It can be a challenge to make quality copies and enlargements on the copier. Copying print, maps and charts on a copy machine can frequently create fuzzy and hard to read/discriminate copies. Additionally, the information can't always fit on one page. The following tips can help you produce quality copies that are legible and also make enlarged copies that fit on one page.
Tips for Making Quality Copies
When you need to copy 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
Tips for Making Enlarged Copies
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. I have found the following steps to be helpful when creating enlarged copies. Your copier may be different, so modify accordingly.
How to Make Enlarged Copies Picture Tutorial
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.
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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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