May 28th, 2015
As the 2014-2015 school year ended, more than 50 students with visual impairments throughout the U.S. had used the AnimalWatch Vi Suite app and its accompanying materials. Dr. Rosenblum has been interviewing teachers and students who have enthusiastically shared their experiences this school year. Almost every student reported that they prefer using the app and accompanying materials over completing the word problems in print or braille without the app. What do they specifically like about the app? First and foremost are the hints that help them know how to solve the problems. Next, the studen...Read More
April 21st, 2015
Dr. Carole Beal, Professor of Education at the University of Florida and former co-PI on the AnimalWatch project that developed this app, recently published this article in "The Conversation." You can read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/from-braille-to-ipad-a-new-app-enables-the-blind-to-learn-online-39739.Read More
December 10th, 2014
We spent all of 2014 recruiting teachers and students for our national intervention study, and we have had great success! We have more than 50 students representing close to 20 states. Their teachers have had the opportunity to complete online training to learn about the AnimalWatch Vi Suite project, how the app works, and what their responsibiities are during the study. Since October students have had their hands on the app, and teachers are seeing positive results. A TVI of a low vision student shared with us, "[The student] struggles completing math problems with pencil/paper. I saw how fas...Read More
May 6th, 2014
Twenty-nine students in Arizona schools used our app and accompanying materials between January and April, making our Spring 2014 feasibility study a great success! Find out what they had to say about this phase of our project by opening this PDF copy of the report.Read More
February 28th, 2014
These Arizona students are using the AnimalWatch Vi Suite app along with its accompanying materials. They're giving us feedback about what works and what changes would be helpful to them. Site visits enable researchers to observe students in "real time."
The option of writing with a finger or stylus to work out computation is one of the appeals of the app for students with low vision.
Tactile graphics prepared by AWViS partner Tactile Vision are well received by this braille reader. This student said he would like the graphics in his textbooks to be made like this!
This student loves th...Read More