Identifying Exploratory Procedures of Visually Impaired Learners in Programming

From left, Lexy Ryan, 13, and Theo Holroyd, 10, use Project Torino. The physical programming language is designed to be inclusive of children with visual impairments.
From left, Lexy Ryan, 13, and Theo Holroyd, 10, use Project Torino. The physical programming language is designed to be inclusive of children with visual impairments. Photo by Jonathan Banks.

At King’s College London we are conducting research around making computing education inclusive of all learners. Alex Hadwen-Bennett is currently carrying out research looking into the use of physical programming languages to teach visually impaired children to program. Physical programming languages use physical blocks or pods to represent commands. These blocks or pods can be connected together to form programs.

Alex is recruiting participants for his current study, which aims to explore how visually impaired children use their hands to explore and develop an understanding of physical programs.

Taking Part

If you teach visually impaired children aged between 7 and 14 in the London area we would be really interested in hearing from you.

Taking part will involve pairs of visually impaired learners taking part in a 1-hour workshop, which gives an introduction to coding using the Torino physical programming language. You can read more about Torino by following this link: Project Torino Blog Post.

The workshops would be video recorded to enable us to analyse how the children explore the programs. As the children would be taking part in a research study we would need to send you consent forms for parents and children to complete.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please complete this application form.