The creators of Math Melodies have developed a fun and interactive way for blind and visually impaired children to understand basic math concepts that are usually presented in a visual way. Although this app will work on an iPhone, it is designed to work best on an iPad. It allows a child to get audio feedback while feeling the layout of the math problem on the screen. In this way, a visually impaired child can see how the math problem looks in the same way a sighted child does. This might seem like a minor thing, but it is incredibly difficult for a young visually impaired child to understand these math problems when they are read by a screen reader on a computer. They just don’t get how the problems are being presented to them.
From the Developer
Math Melodies contains 12 different types of exercises that children can explore with their fingers while receiving audio feedback. Through this approach, children can perceive the bi-dimensional structure of the exercises, otherwise hard to figure out while using math software on traditional computers.
Math Melodies is fun and entertaining while retaining its educational purposes. This is why exercises will be immersed in a narrative context that guides the student through the learning process. The tale is comprehensive of 6 chapters, and the exercises have increasing difficulty levels. At the end of each level the child receives a reward in the form of a piece of melody that will eventually form a complete song. The app is enjoyable by all children and enhances inclusion between visually impaired and sighted children.
You can download the app here.