I started learning jaws back when I could still use magnification. I remember the president at my NFB afiliad saying, " Learn jaws. Not magic. It will be better for you in the long run." So I did. I followed his advice. As luck would have it, I started loosing sight from my left eye a couple of months after I started. It wasn't much, but still it was significant. A year or so later, I lost most of my left eye'sight and my right is on the way. So, it was a great desition to learn jaws. Magnification has it uses. I still use it some times (very poorly, but I get to see what I want). But most of my computing is done via jaws. Learning jaws was the best desition I ever made regarding my future. Teach your students to use a screen reader. If they want magnification, let them learn it by there own, or at least make them learn it after they know how to operate a omputer without sight. Because you may never know.