Working with Students and Teachers at Thika School for the Blind

On June 20, 2014, Alan Foley, Katie Nichiporuk and Joanna Masingila worked with six Form 1 (9th grade) and Form 3 (11th grade) students and eight teachers at Thika School for the Blind in Thika, Kenya. Some of us had visited Thika last July to introduce iOS technology and also in January 2014 to work with students and teachers and donate 8 iPads and keyboards. This time we had 3 more iPads and keyboards to donate.

During the morning training session on basic skills in using VoiceOver (the built-in screen reader on iOS devices), we had one Kenyatta University student (Dan Onyango) who had used an iOS device and keyboard for six months assist and support students.

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Dan Onyango assists Lily Cherotich in using gestures with VoiceOver
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Nelson Otieno explores VoiceOver commands
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Carol Ngondi, a teacher, and James Musau, a student, listen to instructions
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Rhoda Wanjiru and Lily Cherotich explore VoiceOver features
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Alan Foley supports Rhoda Wanjiru with swiping
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Ian Ogendo uses the Zoom (magnification) feature
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Dan Onyango assists Susan Karari, a teacher
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Joseph Otieno uses the zoom feature to read and write text
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Two teachers, Mburu Ngaruiya and Dorothy Ogongo, explore the iPad assistive technology features
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Rebecca Keli, from the National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre, supports Job Kimani, a teacher
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Katie Nichiporuk discusses gestures with Lily Cherotich
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Katie Nichiporuk discusses VoiceOver gestures with Lily Cherotich while Rhoda Wanjiru practices
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Alan Foley talks Nelson Otieno through some settings
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Katie Nichiporuk discusses some points with the whole group
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Katie Nichiporuk answers questions from Lily Cherotich and Rhoda Wanjiru
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Alan Foley guides Susan Karari, a teacher, in using VoiceOver commands
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Dan Onyango assists Lily Cherotich in using some gestures with VoiceOver
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Rhoda Wanjiru practices gestures with VoiceOver
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Katie Nichiporuk assists two teachers
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James Musau experiments with the camera on an iPad
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Joseph Otieno uses the zoom features to read and type
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Ian Ogendo uses the zoom feature to read and type
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Dan Onyango assists two teachers
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James Musau studies a feature on the iPad
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Alan Foley works with Joseph Otieno in creating a document in Pages
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Alan Foley explains how an email account works on an iOS device
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Alan Foley shows Carol Ngondi and another teacher how some documents are not accessible (cannot be read by VoiceOver)
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Dan Onyango shares how his iPad and keyboard have helped him with his studies at Kenyatta University
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James Musau, Carol Ngongi, Dan Onyango
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Joseph Otieno asks a question
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Group photo

About Joanna Masingila

Joanna Masingila is a Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at Syracuse University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Kenyatta University in 1998, and since that time Syracuse University and Kenyatta University have an institutional linkage.
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