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By Mr Brookes, Mathematics Teacher

Blog published 30th January 2019 | Category: Supporting VI Students

At NCW we are always looking for innovative ways to be leaders in visually impaired learning.

Here are a series of short tutorial videos showcasing different tools and techniques which can be used to assist VI students with Mathematics.

I have made them to share with colleagues, students and parents – I hope you find them useful!

Talking Scientific Calculator

We know that scientific calculators are used in classrooms all over the world and are an integral part of the Maths and Science curriculum. However, the popularity and usefulness of scientific calculators has posed a challenge for students who are visually impaired, since advanced models used in classrooms are not accessible.

A modern tool we can use to overcome this is the Talking Scientific Calculator app, which is available on Apple devices and costs approximately £5.00.

In this video, I show you how to set up the app with Voiceover, and use it to complete simple sums and equations.

Drawing circles on German Film

Next, I show you how to draw simple circles and hexagons using a standard compass on German Film (or plastic embossing film). This is a great way to get students practicing their fine motor skills too.

German Film is a must-have for VI students as when it is drawn on with a ballpoint pen, the surface rises making an instant tactile diagram.

Using a Graph Board

Graph Boards are multi-functional and can be used in a variety of ways in Mathematics.

In the below videos, I show you how to use Graph Boards to create graphs and plot co-ordinates, and formulate reflection and rotation of objects.

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