Numbers and Reactions_Techshare 2014

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Numbers and Reactions_Techshare 2014

  1. 1. Numbers and Reactions Thoughts of making Mathematics and Science accessible for the visually challenged
  2. 2. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  3. 3. Who all should study math & science?
  4. 4. Mathematical and Scientific aptitude is sight independent.
  5. 5. Ground Reality The gap between the need and reality
  6. 6. Two Kinds of People 1. Who believe it is not completely possible to teach/learn Math & Science concepts to the blind and low vision. 2. Who believe that the blind do not need these concepts.
  7. 7. Research conducted by Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) as part of the Vision for India (VFI) Project of the Tech Mahindra Foundation.
  8. 8. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  9. 9. 5 Areas of Study CONCEPT BUILDING & SIDE WORK WRITING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE CONTENT INDEPENDENTLY ACCESSING GRAPHS/ DIAGRAMS/ PICTURES READING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE CONTENT INDEPENDENTLY ACCESSING SCIENCE PRACTICALS
  10. 10. 1. Concept Building and Side Work
  11. 11. 1. Concept Building and Side Work Non-Electronic/Technology Options Taylor Frame (Demo) Cubarithm (Demo) Tactile Diagrams Geometric Kit Abacus Perkins Brailler/Braille Slate and Stylus Braille Geometry Kits with spur wheel drawing or with sewell line drawing kits Talking Calculators
  12. 12. 1. Concept Building and Side Work Electronic/Technology Options Excel with screen reader/magnifier Virtual Pencil Arithmetic (Demo) Virtual Pencil Algebra Marvel Math /Math Flash Talking Calculators Audio Labeller with graph paper
  13. 13. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently
  14. 14. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently Braille Options Mechanical Brailler Electronic Brailler Electronic Brailler + Nemetex Audio Options (Non independent options) Sighted writer Audio recorder Oral/Mental Calculations-Writing with Human Help
  15. 15. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently Electronic Options Word and Excel with Screen Readers Screen Reader + Latex + Math Type + Math ML (Demo) Specialized Equation Editors - Infty Editor + Chatty Infty - LEAN Maths
  16. 16. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently
  17. 17. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently Braille Options Hard Copy Soft Copy Braille on refreshable Braille displays Audio Options Human recorder audio
  18. 18. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently Electronic Options Specialized formats-Math ML book -Math DAISY book Math Player or DAISY readers with special math capacity such as the Dolphin Easy Reader or ReadHear. Infty Reader
  19. 19. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures
  20. 20. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures Non-Electronic/Technology Options Spur Wheel and paper (Demo) Sewell Line Drawing Kit (Demo) 3 D Models and other tactile diagrams Other AidsWikki stix, String Along, Geo Board, Magnetic pegs and metal board, Taylor Frame with Rubber Bands
  21. 21. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures Electronic/Technology Options: Graphing Software – - Audio Graphing Calculator(AGC) - Math Trax (Demo) Electronically Created Tactile Diagrams - PIAF (Demo) - Talking Tactile Tablet Audio Labeller (Demo) TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG)
  22. 22. 5. Accessing Science Practicals and Lab Work
  23. 23. 5. Accessing Science Practicals and Lab Work Talking Lab Quest and Logger Pro (Demo) Automatic Stir Station Drop Counter In-house Tactile markers Talking BP machines, Talking Glucometer, Talking Physiotherapy machines Light sensors/probe
  24. 24. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  25. 25. The Way Ahead Math Science Access E Group Availability of Teaching Learning Aids Content Creation and TLA manufacturing Learning services to Students and Training of trainer services to educators • Awareness • Create a Skilled Team • • • •
  26. 26. A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life . – Helen Keller
  27. 27. Thank you! Dr. Sam Taraporevala sam@xrcvc.org Rebecca Maria Carvalho rebecca@xrcvc.org Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) St. Xavier’s College, 5 Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai 400001 +91-22-22623298/22626329 | info@xrcvc.org | www.xrcvc.org

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