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Presentation 2020-03-13 16:25
A Study of Programming Educational Tools for Children with Visual Impairment
Makoto Kobayashi (NTUT), Hotaka Takizawa, Akihisa Ohya (Univ. of Tsukuba) WIT2019-49
Abstract (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) In Japan, the programming education in elementary school will be compulsory from fiscal year 2020. It can be said that the targeted age of students shifts lower and lower. The main purpose of being compulsory is not to teach programming skills but to cultivate abilities of programming thinking. However, the guidebook published by MEXT(Ministry of Education,Culture,Sports,Science and Technology) encourages to use computers and introduces examples of using visual programming tools. This situation embarrasses visually impaired students who study in special schools for the blind or classes with special needs, because they have difficulty to use such kind of visual tools. Therefore, we propose a programming educational tool for children with visual impairment and make a study of the environment and contents in this paper. The proposed tool is based on Arduino and the programming environment can be operated with only a screen reader. The main advantage is that it can be brought to students’ home because of the low cost. In addition, we prepared an environment in which students do not need to press a large number of keys to make the operation easy.
Keyword (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) Visual Impairment / Programming Education / Screen Reader / Arduino / / / /  
Reference Info. IEICE Tech. Rep., vol. 119, no. 478, WIT2019-49, pp. 57-62, March 2020.
Paper # WIT2019-49 
Date of Issue 2020-03-06 (WIT) 
ISSN Print edition: ISSN 0913-5685  Online edition: ISSN 2432-6380
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Conference Information
Committee WIT IPSJ-AAC  
Conference Date 2020-03-13 - 2020-03-15 
Place (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Place (in English) Tsukuba University of Technology 
Topics (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Topics (in English) Hearing / Visually impaired person support technology, etc. 
Paper Information
Registration To WIT 
Conference Code 2020-03-WIT-AAC 
Language Japanese 
Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Sub Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Title (in English) A Study of Programming Educational Tools for Children with Visual Impairment 
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Keyword(1) Visual Impairment  
Keyword(2) Programming Education  
Keyword(3) Screen Reader  
Keyword(4) Arduino  
1st Author's Name Makoto Kobayashi  
1st Author's Affiliation Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT)
2nd Author's Name Hotaka Takizawa  
2nd Author's Affiliation University of Tsukuba (Univ. of Tsukuba)
3rd Author's Name Akihisa Ohya  
3rd Author's Affiliation University of Tsukuba (Univ. of Tsukuba)
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Date Time 2020-03-13 16:25:00 
Presentation Time 25 
Registration for WIT 
Paper # IEICE-WIT2019-49 
Volume (vol) IEICE-119 
Number (no) no.478 
Page pp.57-62 
#Pages IEICE-6 
Date of Issue IEICE-WIT-2020-03-06 

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