This IES funded project officially ended February 28, 2016. However, we are maintaining this web site as we work with the American Printing House for the Blind to disseminate our project materials.
On July 1, 2016 our IES funded project AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy, began. This project is an extension of our work during AnimalWatch Vi Suite.
About our Project: Through this three-year U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences grant, we developed an iDevice app and accompanying books of braille and accessible graphics to support learning for youths in grades 5 - 9. We developed a 4 minute video about our project for the 4th Annual Ed Games Expo in Washington, DC on December 14, 2016. The video provides an overview of our project and showcases the app and materials.
The app uses word problems relating to environmental science and endangered species to connect math learning with real science information.
The AnimalWatch Vi Suite Team developed hands-on learning materials for algebra readiness that help students with visual impairments improve their skills in computation and fractions, algebra, statistics, and basic geometry. The project not only improved students' math skills, but for many also sparked interest in the STEM fields. We hope some students will select one of these fields as a career path.
This project is based on the work of Dr. Carole Beal, the developer of AnimalWatch.
For more information about the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.