|Introduction of 3D Printing Technology in the Classroom for Visually Impaired Students
|Aufsatz / Artikel
|Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
|American Foundation for the Blind
As the importance of visual aids increases, textbooks are including more figures and images to help with students' understanding. These visual aids enable students to learn concepts more effectively by hearing and seeing them simultaneously. However, for students who are visually impaired (that is, blind or have low vision), reading and understanding a textbook poses challenges. Teachers of students who are visually impaired have difficulty teaching with textbooks because they are compelled to explain and describe the complex figures and content verbally. Even after being explained, the image or concept might still remain nebulous for the student. Therefore, to help both students and their teachers, instructional materials should be prepared with easy, cheap, and customizable methods such as three-dimensional (3D) printing. Instead of seeing and hearing, students can use their sense of touch to recognize the 3D tactile aids, which might improve their learning and memory processes.
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