BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

Te Kotuituinga Mātauranga Pura o Aotearoa

Exploring Assistive Technologies – BLENNZ Gisborne

November 9, 2016 by blennzict | 0 comments

Student sitting at a desk reading on his iPad

Figure 1 – A BLENNZ learner reading a text on his iPad

Our centre inquiry for 2016 has been to research how our BLENNZ learners can be provided with appropriate Assistive Technology systems, which are well matched to their changing needs and abilities. Over the year our RTVs have participated in a range of Professonal Development opportunities, which have included workshops at the VRC, the BLENNZ “Expanding my Toolbox” course and attending an Immersion Course with a learner. Continue Reading →

iPad Only Club – BLENNZ Christchurch

June 5, 2016 by blennzict | 0 comments

Ollie sitting in front of his iPad

Figure 1 – Ollie entering his project into his G Drive

BLENNZ Christchurch continues to make the most of their larger facilities by running various programmes for their learners; including music, social and preschool/parent groups.

This year we have started an ‘iPad Only Club”.  The goals and objectives are:

  • Students will be able to trouble shoot issues with their iPad technology in a supportive environment.
  • Three students, one sharing what is on the iPad

    Figure 2 – Lilly-Kate sharing information with other students

    Students will learn new skills in using their iPad and be able to transfer those skills into the classroom environment.

  • Students will develop leadership skills. They will be able to mentor new iPad users.
  • Students will foster a sense of belonging and will feel part of a group and thus empowerment in the use of assistive technology.
  • Students will be exposed to new apps and technologies so as to keep up in an always changing technological environment.

BLENNZ Auckland North attend The Pumphouse

May 20, 2016 by blennzict | 0 comments

Young child leaning down exploring large wire shape

Figure 1 – A young learner explores the wire shape that represents a whale

In 2015 – 2016 learners from BLENNZ Auckland North received invitations from Tim Bray Productions to attend audio-described performances at The Pumphouse in Takapuna.

For some of our learners the trip to see these shows is their first experience of live theatre. In figure 1 a young learner explores the wire shape that represents a whale.

Tim Bray Productions always seat the learners in the front row; they provide an opportunity for a touch tour beforehand and an opportunity to meet the actors afterwards. Continue Reading →

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