Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(3)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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Recruiting Academic Students who are iPad Users! Do you have a blind or low vision student in grades 5-9 who is studying math? Does your student use an iPad for academic purposes and have access to one in the 2014- 2015 school year? Would you and your student like to be on the cutting edge of technology? If so, help us evaluate the AnimalWatch Vi Suite app and materials during the 2014-2015 school year. When: August 8 from 2:30 – 4:30 Where: Foundation for Blind Children For more information, please contact Project Director, L. Penny Rosenblum at rosenblu@email.arizona.edu or at 520-621-1223. To learn more about our project visit: http://awvis.arizona.edu/ The AnimalWatch Vi Suite research project at The University of Arizona has developed an iPad app and supporting materials to help students build their math problem solving skills while learning about endangered species such as the snow leopard and sea turtle. In spring 2014 we will recruit 48 students in the U.S. who are blind or low vision to participate in our intervention study in 2014-2015. (Schools will need to approve participation of TVIs and students.) To qualify a student must: Receive direct TVI service a minimum of 1 time per week Be learning math content appropriate to grades 5-9 (fractions, proportions, converting distances, etc.) Be able to see the information on the iPad screen using Zoom if needed. (Pinch zoom does not work in our app.) OR Be able to use VoiceOver to access content on the iPad. The student must be proficient either with gestures, a Bluetooth keyboard and/or a refreshable braille display. Have familiarity with educational apps and have skills to navigate between screens, enter information, etc. To participate, students must be "iPad literate" and have strong familiarity with this tool. Teachers will receive a small stipend & students a gift card. 22

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