AnimalWatch Vi Suite

Pre-Algebra Readiness for Students with Visual Impairments

Animal Watch VI Suite


New: Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Project Director, was interviewed in a podcast for the Assistive Technology Update produced by Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Episode 208 features Dr. Rosenblum's interview. Hear Dr. Rosenblum's interview.

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.

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 helps students with visual impairments improve their skills in computation and fractions, algebra, statistics, and basic geometry. The project not only improves students' math skills, but for many also sparks 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

Watch a video of a student with low vision
viewing one of the introductory animal pages in the app and using the glossary.
Dr. Rosenblum demonstrates some of the features of the app
available to students as they solve word problems in the app. This video is part of our teacher training.

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