BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

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Immersion Courses: Learners, Parents and Teachers Working Together

December 1, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Three students sitting in at line at a table, one student has a BrailleNote Apex in front of her.

Figure 1 Renee mentoring Shannon in using her BrailleNote Apex

The purpose of Immersion Courses is to bring learners with a similar need together to gain skills and knowledge in areas of the regular and the Expanded Core Curriculum. They may also focus on the needs of parents or in some cases bring both learners and parents together to support improved outcomes for learners.

This year, on the courses for Braille learners aged between 9 and 14 we have had several students step up into a mentoring role to support their technology skills and knowledge, Braillenotetakers in particular.   Continue Reading →

BLENNZ Napier Volunteer Resource Group Meet Jordan

November 26, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Jordan sitting on a chair in front of a table making butterflies with pipe cleaners and leaves. Cadbury Cream Egg on the table in front of her.

Figure 1 – Jordan making butterflies

In April the Napier Volunteer Resource Making Group was delighted to meet one of the learners they support, seven year old Jordan, at a shared morning tea at Jordan’s school.

The volunteers, teacher aide, members of the Visual Resource Centre and Jordan made butterflies out of ginkgo leaves gathered from the school garden (figure 1). Jordan enjoyed holding the string and flying the butterflies to a butterfly song (figure 2). Continue Reading →

Cathy West – BLENNZ Resource Teacher: Vision, Wellington

July 22, 2014 by blennzict | 2 Comments

Cathy West shares about the free NZQA accredited course she has enrolled in this year.

Kia ora. I’m Cathy West from BLENNZ Wellington. This year as part of my professional development I am doing a course with the Open Wānanga called He Papa Tikanga and I’d just like to tell you a little bit about it because I am really enjoying it. There are four modules and you do have 12 months to do it, but I’ve been fast-tracking (lucky me!) and I’ve done three modules in less than six months. Continue Reading →

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