What a blind child should do when the class is asked to create a Poster Board

What a blind child should do when the class is asked to create a Poster Board

When a child is asked to create a poster board or anything with paper and pencil and cutting out pictures, I direct them toward a PowerPoint presentation.

Blind children can easily create an elaborate or simple PP depending on their skill level. Last week, such an event came up with one of my newer students. Her skills are basic so we kept the PP basic. We went into the Internet and copied all the pictures out that she needed…yes she did this all by herself with just my verbal cues—she learned how to route her JAWS cursor to where it needed to be and use a special right click on a keyboard that brings up all those special options to do what you need to do–on a laptop as the commands are different on a desktop. There are many tricks in getting the perfect picture and she is on her way to learning these skills. When she saved all her pictures, she went back to her PP and inserted them where they needed to be. We did all the placement of the Title and pictures and over the weekend she did all the writing for each slide in the correct text box.

Any graphic information that she is unsure of, the assistant makes a 3-D item so she can feel—happened to be science –wikki sticks,pipe cleaners–and you can burn off different parts of the pipe cleaners to make a multitude of different textures (she created a peptide model), placed with braille labels ( braille label out with just as much blank space so you can bend the whole braille label around the pipe cleaner to stick it, which can be easily read by the blind student).

Lessons to help you teach:

PowerPoint, save pics from Internet and place in presentation-audio/visual lesson

PowerPoint Office 2003, taking you from Basics to Presentation with JAWS

PowerPoint Office 2010-taking you from the Basics to Presentation with JAWS

 



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