Working with the NI3C on Assistive Technology

Some members of the Syracuse University team are partnering with the National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre in Kenya (part of the Ministry of Education) to  support secondary students with visual impairments to have access to text materials by using iOS devices (e.g., iPad minis), and support their teachers in learning ways of teaching students using these devices. We will be working with students and teachers at Thika School for the Blind and Kibos School for the Visually Impaired, researching the process through which the students learn to use the devices and gain more independence as learners, the process through which teachers learn to support their students in learning with these devices, and how these participants interact through a community of practice. These photos are from a day of planning and preparing for our upcoming work.

John Odhiambo and Joseph Ogwel explore iPad minis
Rebecca Keli explores the VoiceOver feature
Makoba Kitizo and John Oyuga become familiar with the assistive technology features
Alan Foley shows a document with tactile features to help a blind person understand features on an iOS device
Alan shows a document with tactile features representing the icons on an iOS device screen

About Joanna Masingila

Joanna Masingila is Dean of the School of Education and 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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