Tactile Algebra Tiles
—designed for students with blindness and low vision
At APH, it’s our mission to level the playing field for people who are blind or visually impaired, which means making sure students with vision loss have the same learning opportunities as their sighted classmates. That’s why we develop new educational products, like Tactile Algebra Tiles, that help every student achieve their full potential.
Plenty of people struggle to learn algebra, regardless of their visual ability, because it involves abstract concepts and processes. Algebra tiles are laid out in patterns to represent formulas — like 3 x 2 = 6 — which puts abstract concepts into a visual context. They’re an effective way for students to learn algebra.
But most algebra tiles are only helpful to sighted students, which is why APH is pleased to introduce Tactile Algebra Tiles. Designed to be consistent with traditional algebra tiles, Tactile Algebra Tiles let students who are blind or visually impaired learn algebra alongside their sighted classmates, at the same pace.
Tactile Algebra Tiles use raised symbols, so students who are blind can differentiate between tiles by touch. Carefully chosen colors make it easier for students who are visually impaired to tell the difference between tiles. The tiles are magnetic and come with a steel board so students can easily manipulate the tiles to solve even complex algebra problems.
Tactile Algebra Tiles can be used by students in elementary school through high school, and they’re a great way to learn about adding, subtracting and multiplying integers, simplifying expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and factoring polynomials.
Like all of our products, Tactile Algebra Tiles are designed to give students who are blind or visually impaired equal educational opportunities. Not every student is going to enjoy algebra, but with Tactile Algebra Tiles, the entire class will be learning together. Tactile Algebra Tiles are available for purchase with Quota funds.
Here is what our field testers had to say about the Tactile Algebra Tiles:
- This is an excellent tool for teaching a number of algebraic skills.
- In each instance I used the tiles they were helpful and easy for the students and facilitators to understand. Each student was asked to use the tiles in their classroom for a week. In each case the student and facilitator reported positive responses.
- These tiles are so helpful that I hate to send them back (but will!).
- I feel that this tool can be useful to teach the initial concept such as solving a two-step algebra problem.