Exploring New Areas of Accessible Coding
Over the past month, PRCVI has been exploring ways to extend our coding project. This past week Colton and I had the opportunity to explore some of our ideas with a high school student and her teacher of students with visual impairments.
Apple developed the Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad to teach programming concepts and the Swift programming language through interactive puzzles. Swift is a programming language, developed by Apple, which is used by developers to code iOS apps. Apple has made the app completely accessible with VoiceOver.
We were interested in how accessible and usable students find this app as well as whether supplemental resources, such as tactile diagrams of the screen layouts, manipulative commands that could be re-ordered, and use of an external keyboard and braille display. The student we visited had a great time being introduced to this app and was eager to continue learning even after we left! We were also able to get some great feedback about our ideas and suggestions for improvement from the student and TSVI.
If you have a student who is interested in exploring accessible coding at a level more advanced than our Code and Go mouse activity kit, get in touch with Jen to arrange an outreach visit.