Adapting a Scientific Talking Calculator for Easier Use

Many thanks to Belinda Rosas for sharing this idea.  Belinda is a teacher at TSBVI.

Students with visual impairment often struggle to orient to the scientific talking calculator (Orion TI-36 for example).  This simple adaptation allows them to more easily utilize this valuable tool.  Place a tactile dot using a hot glue gun on the 5 (central) and on the ( and ).   When explaining the dots, let the students know that the dot on the 5 is central to the other numbers (as on a phone).  This will help them to orient to the other numbers on the calculator.  Students often have a difficult time locating the ( and ) and for this reason they are marked as well.

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