Self-Paced

Teaching Science to Young Children With Visual Impairments

In this tutorial participants will be able to use strategies and activities presented to introduce STEM concepts

Exposure to STEM at an early age leads to success in future classes. In this tutorial, participants will be able to use strategies and activities presented to introduce STEM concepts to students who are blind and/or low vision in Pre-K through 4th grade levels, adapt equipment and activities for STEM studies, and express various STEM concepts with inexpensive tactile materials.

Participants will earn 1.5 Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. By registering for Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits, you will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic, as well as an online test to assess your knowledge.

This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

PRESENTERS SUMMARY:
Lillian Rankel, a science teacher and Marilyn Winograd, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), were members of the ILAB (Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind) team from Penn State University, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. The team researched ways to modify equipment and materials so blind students could be fully integrated in the classroom and laboratory.

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Learning Goals and Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Express various STEM concepts with inexpensive tactile materials.
  • Adapt equipment and activities for STEM studies that can be used to instruct young students without sight and/or students with multi-sensory learning needs.
  • Use strategies and activities presented to introduce STEM concepts to students who are blind and/or low vision in Pre-K through 4th grade levels.

 

Disclosure:

  • Upon successful completion of the test, you will earn 1.5 Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits (your choice). You will be able to print a signed Perkins certificate demonstrating that you earned the credits.
  • Instructions on how to enroll in the tutorial and take the online test will be emailed to you after you have successfully registered. Perkins eLearning profiles are unique to the learning platform, and separate from any other username/password you have with Perkins. If you already have a user profile for the learning platform, you will use that existing profile to access the tutorial.

Level:
Introductory
Length:
Multiple days
Credits:
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 ACVREP
1.5 CTLE