[blindkid] Math technology

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Sat Apr 10 19:35:22 UTC 2010


Bravo!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "SUSAN POLANSKY" <sepolansky at verizon.net>
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Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Math technology


Jason is in 8th grade and is completing High School Algebra 1, no one in his 
class is using graphing calculators yet. The IA makes braille paper into 
graph paper using the Braille Writer to make the lines. Jason uses alligator 
clips to clip the graph paper to cork, he marks the graph paper using small 
push pins then uses dry spaghetti noodles to plot the lines. For a graph he 
needs to look at for data the IA uses the same graph paper with Wikki Stixs 
to make the bars then he has a written descritption for the data. I hope 
this makes sense, I am not much involved in his math since he surpassed my 
ablilities long ago. The technique must be working as he is a straight A 
math student.

Susan



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From: Carol Castellano <blindchildren at verizon.net>
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Sent: Sat, April 10, 2010 1:07:14 AM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Math technology

Interesting you say that, Mike. We made lots of
graphs for Serena to use for algebra I & II. She
did use them and plotted away. However, when she
took physics, she did all of it via math
formulae. I really don't know if one was more
meaningful to her than the other.

For graphing, we glued two pieces of string down
for the axes. String is good because it allows
the person to see the axis and the background at
the same time, thereby giving context. Then
Serena would plot the graph with bits and lines
of Wikki Stix. For the ones that needed shading,
we used aluminum foil. It was nice because when
you pressed it down over the graph paper, you
could still feel the graph lines, again giving
context, yet it felt different from the bare graph paper. Seemed to work 
well.

Carol

At 11:07 PM 4/9/2010, you wrote:
>Pat:
>
>I'm sure many will disagree with me here but I
>could never fathom how audio could accurately
>convey graphics to the blind. In my book, graphs
>are only crutches to illustrate abstract
>concepts and math teachers are only as good as
>they can deal with the abstractions without needing to "picture" 
>everything.
>
>Mike Freman, B.A. and M.S. in physics
>
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Pat Renfranz" <dblair2525 at msn.com>
>To: "blindkid" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 2:36 PM
>Subject: [blindkid] Math technology
>
>
>My daughter will be taking Algebra II next year in 9th grade. She uses
>Braille/Nemeth texts with tactile graphics. She's gotten by just fine with
>relatively low-tech math tools.
>
>We are wondering if it would be useful for her to start using an accessible
>graphing calculator. Does anyone have any practical advice on using one of
>these programs? I am looking into the Audio Graphing Calculator from
>ViewPlus and Math Trax from NASA. They both produce an audio signal
>representing the shape of the function, while the AGC has the advantage of
>being able to produce tactile graphs on a Tiger embosser. Maybe there are
>other products available? Our school district has no experience with any of
>them. Does anyone¹s teenager think this software is worth learning?
>
>We are a little nervous about this, because our experience has been that,
>math is great because you can pretty much always count on a Brailler, 
>paper,
>and sticky dots from the hardware store to NOT fail and to NOT require
>specialized training that gets in the way of actually learning the
>material...
>
>Thanks in advance for any help.
>Pat
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Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
973-377-0976
carol_castellano at verizon.net
www.nopbc.org


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