The Georgia Institute of Technology, as part of a collaboration with the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder, is looking for teachers, and students with visual impairments to help bring the award winning PhET simulations to students of all sensory abilities. The simulations can benefit students of all ages, but our current research is focused primarily on students of middle and high school age (between 10 and 18). That said, we appreciate participants of all ages, so if you are interested in participating and are not in that age range, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Participation can involve trying out PhET simulations and providing feedback, providing general feedback on your technology use, or participating in focus groups to discuss ideas around simulations and technology use. Participation is not dependent on your location. Participation requires only access to a computer with a keyboard, a screen reader (preferably NVDA, JAWS, or VoiceOver), and a way to share your screen with us (this can be done through Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom video conferencing, and several other services). If you do not currently have a screen reader or a way to share your computer screen, don’t worry! We can provide you with detailed instructions on how to install and use these technologies. Participation in-person is possible, and if you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to participate in person, please let us know!
If you are an individual or parent of an individual who would like to participate, please use the contact information at the end of this email and use the subject line “Individual” followed by your name (for example, Individual John Smith).
If you are a science teacher and would like to contact us about you and/or your students participating, please use the contact information at the end of this email, and use the subject line “Instructor” followed by your name (for example, Instructor Jane Doe).