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Developing Geometry Skills for Blind Learners

August 1, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Developing hand control

Developing hand control

Shannon is a Year 6 braille student who will be transitioning to intermediate school in 2013.

At the Wellington Visual Resource Centre we are developing key maths skills with two braille learners.

We have been looking specifically at graphing, reading textbooks, abacus skills and geometric drawing skills.

Here Alison Prskawetz, Resource Teacher Vision talks about how the students focused on using a compass and drawing circles.

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Developing early Abacus skills at primary school

December 1, 2012 by blennzict | 0 comments

Boston using the abacus

Figure 1 Boston using a Cranmer Abacus

Boston is learning how to use an abacus to support the development of both maths concepts and calculation skills.

Boston is using a Cranmer abacus because it has proved itself to be a useful whole of life tool for people who are blind or who have low vision.

Karen Gilligan (BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision) describes how she introduced Boston to the Cranmer abacus (fig.1) and the first activities and strategies she has used to support Boston’s learning. Continue Reading →

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