What is AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

What is AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy?

The AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy team is designing an iPad app and accompanying graphics to be used by students as they build their skills in locating and interpreting informaiton in graphics (e.g., bar graphs, line graphs, box and whiskers). The materials include a curriculum guide for  the teacher, accessible graphics for the student, and an iPad app. Materials target math at the 6th grade level. The topic for each unit is about an endangered or invasive species with data presented in the targeted graphic format for that unit.  Our first unit is about the Tasmanian Devil and targets building skills using bar graphs.  

 How Can My Student and I Try the Materials?

We are currently recruiting 24 students with VI in the US and Canada.  With their teacher of students with visual impairments, students will move thorugh 5 to 7 units each focused on a type of graphic and animal species.  Materials will be made available in January 2018 and units must be completed by the end of the school year.  Teachers and students will each be interviewed after completing the units. They will receive a gift card for their participation.

To learn more about the study, contact Project Director L. Penny Rosenblum at rosenblu@u.arizona.edu or 520-621-1223.