I recently had the opportunity to try out the app EDA Play Elis .
The app was designed by Sugar and Ketchup for children with low vision or blindness. These are the the same developers that have created EDA Play, EDA Play Toby and EDA Play Pauli.
We specifically liked EDA Play Elis because it was one of the first apps created by this developer that offered mixed levels in visual skill and visual motor skills development.
The app offers visual content that is as simple as thevisual presentation of the single Door the user opens between each seen that Elis travels through as she goes through her day.
It gets as visually complex as presenting 6 single colored objects at one time
The other part of this app that we really liked was that the app follows a sequential story in the same way EDA Play Pauli does. It starts at the beginning of Ellie’s day and follows her through several tasks including eat, taking a bath, etc.
The visual motor tasks needed to access the app are as diverse the visual development skills. The students with higher visual motor skills who are learning to visually target specific pictures and items or are working using their index finger benefit from these more challenging visual motor tasks within the app. Students who are learning basic cause and effect skills benefit from the more simple visual motor and visual skill development features of this app. Please see my demo of this app in the Youtube link below:
I created a Kahoot! Quiz for some of my Low Vision Students in Middle School who are learning to use the iPad as a universal accessibility option for them. Here is a demo of my daughter and I practicing using its capabilities:
You can watch the demo here:
and access this quiz for your own students here:
P.S. This Kahoot! Quiz was tested by students with low vision who needed slight magnification in order to access their iPads. This sort of testing has not been tested for students who are blind or have light perception. Although, I am interested to see how we can make this sort of testing accessible to students who are Blind in the future.
The below online assessment tools were created in reference to this Project Based Learning Assignment:
Please review this lesson plan and then feel free to peruse these examples of online assessment tool creators.
Formative Assessment Using Kahoot to use during the Introduction for the above Project Based Lesson Plan linked above:
Summative Assessment: A Rubric for the the Project Based Learning Lesson Plan Linked Above. The Rubric below was created using: Rubistar
I am more then half way done with this Educational Technology Course. Please take a moment to peruse the most recent project I had complete for this class, creating a Project Based Learning Lesson with the Puppet Pals App. You can read find the link to the lesson plan and Project Based Learning Process https://docs.google.com/document/d/13WbmWp_s6_IdDeVAu28Vic5doKs7W5KdUXTV0UKp_bY/edit?usp=sharing and DEMO of this lesson plan and project here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals-hd/id342076546?mt=8
You can find the link to download the Puppet Pals HD App here:
I recently completed a literacy based rhyming lesson plan with a group of first grade students using YouTube and the Popplet Visual Organizer App. You can find a basic write up of the lesson plan here
A visual example of how we created our classroom Popplet for this activity can be found below:
A video a demo of how students can use a Popplet to practice using pairing rhyming words
from this unit is found below:
Popplet YouTube Demo
“While AT includes a set of federally mandated services and equipment for students with disabilities, the term also refers to valuable tools and strategies for including students with a wide range of learning styles in classroom activities. AT can be a triangular pencil grip, a talking calculator, a larger computer monitor, or a voice amplifier for a teacher with vocal cord strain. All these examples reflect the individual nature of assessing when and how a device will make teaching and learning more effective — as well as the benefits of many kinds of assistive technologies to people without disabilities.” (Wahl, 2003)
I am currently in an educational technology class through the University of Phoenix and found out about a few free web based assistive technology extensions that can be added to your browser for free to help our students with a wide variety of abilities. This week I wanted two of my low visions students to experiment using Scrible when paired with low vision magnification software. In this instance, my students were pairing Scrible with ZoomText in order access a research project on the Missouri State Fair for their social studies class.
How Scribble Works For the Typically Sighted Student:
Here is the webiste and video at the Scrible website to see how it works.
The Scribble Extension looks a bit like the photo presented below when the typical user or when a user with typical vision is using it within a website. Users can take highlight parts of texts, make notes for key parts with a notepad feature.
One of the best and most interactive features about Scrible is that it lets students collaborate with teachers and their peers through “Share it” feature where they can share their notes and key parts of their readings via Email, Twitter or Facebook.
Scribble Toolbar with ZoomText Video. Please note the Magnification level on ZoomText can be increased to 12x not just 2.5x. If the video below does not load for you, you can find it on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/0lh5k8JdVkM
Wahl, L. (2003). Assistive Technology: Enhanced Learning for All. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from https://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-enhances-learning-all