New Date: 8 October 2021
This event is offered in 2 parts. Separate registration is available for the recorded event or purchase Full Registration to access both sessions.
Recorded and available for viewing: Online workshop reviewing accessible scientific calculators and screen reader compatible Maths editors.
Together we will workshop strategies that cater to the calculator and editing challenges facing secondary Maths students with VI and their teachers. Large print, screen reader and braille options will be discussed.
Resources for optimising accessibility shall be explored for student and teacher use, including the screen reader accessible Math editing software: Equation editor, EquatIO & MathType.
Scientific calculator options and practices will be addressed: Talking & Large Print calculators, handheld calculators (including the Orion TI 30XS talking calculator), emulator software, Desmos app options and Braille note taker calculators. Graphing calculator software will be used for demonstrating print and audio graphs, and producing stencils for tactile graphs on the fly. Note: Graphics calculators are not approved for exam use in NSW.
If possible, have a laptop ready and/or iPad/iPhone for the session, to experience the software and apps being demonstrated. Prior to the workshop I will send out a list of programs that I recommend be downloaded for the workshop.
My intention is that you will discover an appropriate accommodation for all of your secondary Maths students in this workshop.
Session 2 (in-person event): PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
Together we will workshop strategies that cater to the challenges facing primary and secondary Maths students with Vision Impairment and their teachers. We will investigate options for inclusion of students who use large print, screen readers and braille; primary aged in the morning session and secondary aged in the afternoon.
Teaching strategies & resources for optimising accessibility shall be explored, including tactile graphics and calculators. A list of topic requests will be sought from participants, which could include:
- General Maths tips for Maths teachers & VI specialists.
- Equipment for the Maths classroom
- ICEVI ‘Maths made easy’ instructor videos
- screen reader accessible Math editors;
- the Blennz Maths supplement to inform the stages at which braille concepts and symbols will need introduction.
- The Abacus & Scientific calculator options and practice
- Tactile graphics resources
- Braille overwriting processes, student correcting their answers, and teacher feedback modes discussion.
If possible, please bring a laptop, and/or iPad to the session, to experience the software and apps being demonstrated. Prior to the workshop, a list of programs recommended for downloading will be sent out to all attendees.
Please feel free to bring technology to share. A participant brought their braille calliper ruler to a previous workshop.