ERIC Number: EJ1015167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
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Seeing Is Believing!
Learning & Leading with Technology, v40 n5 p12-17 Feb 2013
Most would agree that iOS technology is downright cool. But it is more than cool for a person with a visual impairment--it is accessibility built right in. At first glance, an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, does not appear to be an appropriate tool for the blind. It has only a few physical buttons, and it seems to make sense only for someone with full sight. However, features such as Zoom and VoiceOver and compatibility with braille displays have made iDevices accessible right out of the box to people who are blind or visually impaired. This technology has quickly made its way into classrooms as a highly motivating, sleek, and portable learning tool. As a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI), Marla Runyan believes iOS technology has potential for students beyond the learning of core academics. An iOS device can provide timely access to curriculum, enable productivity in a portable manner, facilitate social networking and daily living skills, support orientation and mobility skills, and even bridge the gap between braille and print.
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Blindness, Visual Impairments, Teaching Methods, Internet, Satellites (Aerospace), Accessibility (for Disabled)
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