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TIP-Toy: a tactile, open-source computational toolkit to support learning across visual abilities

Barbareschi, G; Costanza, E; Holloway, C; (2020) TIP-Toy: a tactile, open-source computational toolkit to support learning across visual abilities. In: ASSETS '20: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ACM Green open access

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Abstract

Many computational toolkits to promote early learning of basic computational concepts and practices are inaccessible to learners with reduced visual abilities. We report on the design of TIP-Toy, a tactile and inclusive open-source toolkit, to allow children with different visual abilities to learn about computational topics through music by combining a series of physical blocks. TIP-Toy was developed through two design consultations with experts and potential users. The first round of consultations was conducted with 3 visually impaired adults with significant programming experience; the second one involved 9 children with mixed visual abilities. Through these design consultations we collected feedback on TIP-Toy, and observed children's interactions with the toolkit. We discuss appropriate features for future iterations of TIP-toy to maximise the opportunities for accessible and enjoyable learning experiences.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: TIP-Toy: a tactile, open-source computational toolkit to support learning across visual abilities
Event: 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20).
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3373625.3417005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3373625.3417005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110233
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