The 3D Printing project supported a small group of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments explore the acquisition, modification, or creation of 3D printed models to support students who have visual impairments. This project was designed to support a provincial collaboration of TVIs interested in working together to both address the needs of the specific students they support but, in partnership with the PRCVI alternate format team, contribute to the provincial collection of 3D model designs.
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3D Printing to Support Students with Visual Impairments
In this project, the TSVI teaching pair are supporting 3 students with visual impairment and blindness at a secondary school. When the students arrived at the new-to-them school this year, there was very little braille signage for the rooms in the school. The students advocated for braille signage by writing a letter to their school principal who was very supportive. As part of the 3D printing project, this team is looking to have the students create the digital 3D model and prepare the files for 3D printing. The district is supporting this project by providing the mounting for these signs once they are printed.
Cedar Grove Elementary
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Shine in 3D
In this project, the TSVI is working within a district inclusion classroom to support students with complex needs. The TSVI is creating book bags where items and characters are objects that students can explore to help them understand the narrative and concepts introduced in the story. The TSVI is 3D printing the objects and figurines to support this book bag initiative. This is especially helpful for characters and figurines that are difficult to acquire commercially.
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Show This project team is looking to support students with complex needs. Their focus and interest is to investigate the possibilities of 3D printing to customize communication devices for students with communication challenges and visual impairment. The team would like create or modify available tactile overlays and supporting objects for relevant books within our Enhanced Book Project (customized board books with enhanced tactile modifications and sound components that build concept development, reading comprehension, through shared reading and communication opportunities), and manipulatives that tie into curricular themes and units that are challenging to explore.
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In this project, the team will use 3D printing to provide tactile representations to support learning of literary elements. Keeping the 5 Ws in mind as a spring board, students will develop skills in understanding character (who) setting (where & when) and overall content related to story conflict and resolution (what & why). The project will support classroom inclusion as students will have opportunity to create and present independently and working in small groups classroom book reviews/reports. 3D projects will also serve as a meaningful foundation for fostering a variety of conceptual development that can be connected beyond the literacy to the student’s personal life experience.
École des Pionniers de Maillardville
3D Printing to Enhance Tactile Exploration
Because students with visual impairments often do not have access to classroom academic visual information, this team would like to explore how the ability to print 3D models at the school site can improve equivalent and timely access to information compared to sighted peers. The technology teacher also has access to a 3D printer and he and his students will also explore functional designs for people with visual impairments. The design students will create 3D models to conceptualize functional designs to support people with visual impairments in educational and recreational settings.