Technology, inclusion, and innovation: Students design an app for literacy development

“It is estimated that only 10 per cent of blind children and adults know how to read braille. It is an illiteracy rate long ignored by technology developers who have created thousands of educational apps for the sighted”.

The above statistic is sad news however, I (Yiola) came across this most inspiring news:  students in an local middle school designed a computer app that can teach people who are visually impaired how to read braille.

How exciting for students to make such an impact in the literacy learning of others. How exciting for students to be learning about inclusion, literacy, and technology. How exciting to be engaged in the design and inquiry process in such a real way.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/sci-tech/ontario-students-braille-app-shortlisted-for-lego-innovation-prize-1.2329612

Wishing our local middle school students all the best in this endeavour.

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