“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.
Wishing our local middle school students all the best in this endeavour.
Students at a public school in Brampton Ontario are developing an app to help one of their classmates with autism learn math. One of the young developers, Priya Joshi explained that her classmate’s struggle with math was “our inspiration” so “we asked him some questions and that’s how everything started.” The FIRST Lego League, an international science and technology competition for young people, recognized the students’ design achievement with the rookie team award. Next month the students travel to Waterloo Ontario for the provincial level of the competition. Watch these inspiring students discuss the project at: http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/toronto/sir-isaac-brock-students-make-autism-math-app-1.2934090