• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Using Innovative Tools to Reinforce Skills Independently

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 2  
A primary concern for teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) is not having enough time with students. It's a combination of caseloads that are too large, a teacher shortage, and the vast number of skills that TVIs must teach that leads to this imbalance. What is needed are tools that allow the student to practice skills independently so their education can continue even in the absence of the TVI. This presentation will explore how one such tool, Polly, can help meet the need to reinforce skills independently. Polly gamifies braille literacy by providing fun games supported by audio, standard braille cells, large braille cells, and a first-of-its-kind digital stylus. This gamification is then backed up by Helios, a dashboard that teachers can use to assign lessons and review the student's progress. This session will discuss the need for more asynchronous learning and skills practice options and use Polly as an example of how that need can be met using innovative tools.  
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Join this session as we explore the demand for asynchronous learning and skill reinforcement in classrooms. We'll showcase Polly as a pioneering solution for this challenge.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
Session Type
Exhibitor Track  


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    American Printing House
  • Sarah Welch
    American Printing House for the Blind

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