The unique platform enables teachers in mainstream classrooms to seamlessly interact with blind students through an app on a smartphone, computer or tablet. The app connects over Bluetooth to the student’s Orbit Reader 20 braille display and provides a real-time text translation of the braille being read or written by the student on the device.
The platform also provides students with the ability to first learn braille (if they are not braille users) and then to learn other subjects using braille. Through specialized interfaces on Orbit’s braille and tactile graphics products, and software that runs on computers and smartphones or tablets, the platform provides the breakthrough ability to develop and deliver educational materials in the form of interactive lessons and tutorials that can be administered under a teacher’s (or parent’s) supervision, or by the students themselves, in a self-paced mode. The platform also provides remote operation capabilities which allow a teacher to easily provide instruction to students in remote locations.
The platform includes content authoring tools that allow anyone to create interactive lessons and tutorials, with minimal training. Existing books and materials can be easily ported to the Orbit Teacher platform.
While designed for both blind and deaf-blind users, the tutorials can also take advantage of audio and speech capabilities from the smartphone, PC or tablet to provide audio cues and feedback to the student when used in the interactive self-learning mode.
The platform makes inclusive education a practical reality as mainstream teachers do not need to be familiar with braille to work with a blind student. With the integrated file-transfer feature, the teacher can wirelessly transmit class notes, homework problems and other materials to the student’s device over Bluetooth and the student can send back completed classwork and homework to the teacher. With the severe shortage of trained Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) globally, the self-learning features the platform offers will be a gamechanger for students, especially those in remote areas. The authoring tools make the creation or porting of educational content extremely easy for anyone and we are actively working on partnerships with the educational community to make their existing content available in interactive form.”
The platform is capable of supporting over 40 languages and also offers the ability to translate to and from contracted braille.
Together with the Orbit Reader 20, the world’s most affordable braille display, the Orbit Teacher provides a modern, low-cost and high-quality solution for the inclusive classroom.