Accessibility in Technology: Code Jumper
We are excited to announce Code Jumper™ – the newest innovation to assist children, regardless of their level of vision, in learning computer coding and programming skills through a unique, physical system. Developed by Microsoft® and distributed by APH, this educational toy bridges the skills gap and opens up the world of coding to every student.
In January, APH President and longtime educator, Dr. Craig Meador, along with Cecily Morrison, Microsoft Researcher and Project Leader for Code Jumper, revealed the product and discussed the partnership on the Microsoft Schools Theater stage in London at the BETT Show. APH again provided Code Jumper demonstrations to interested attendees at ATIA in late January. We are both honored and excited to help get this valuable, groundbreaking technology into the hands of those who need it most: our customers.
What you should know about Code Jumper:
- Code Jumper makes coding immediately accessible for kids who are blind or visually impaired, and who also have no prior computing experience.
- Code Jumper is an intuitive system designed to be inclusive, enabling all students to work together and build confidence through socialization, cooperation, critical thinking, and hands-on learning.
- Brightly colored plastic pods with oversized buttons and knobs are connected by “jumper cables” (thick cords) to physically create computer code that can tell stories, make music, and even crack jokes.
- Code Jumper teaches underlying skills that can empower the next generation to pursue meaningful careers in computer science.
- Any teacher can facilitate Code Jumper lesson plans without prior computer science experience! A full library of curricula for coding, including teacher guidance and student activities, is also included.
What people are saying about Code Jumper:
“It became really clear that the most popular path to introducing young children to coding wasn’t very accessible. We realized we really need something physical; something that would excite the hands.” – Cecily Morrison, Microsoft researcher and computer scientist, and Microsoft project leader for Code Jumper.
“What I like about Code Jumper is that you can actually physically touch the program.” – Victoria Gregorcova, age 14 and student at New College Worcester, UK.
“If you put this in a classroom, not only is the student who is blind going to be using this, but every student in the classroom is going to want a crack at it. From a teacher’s perspective, that’s all you ever really want – something that’s inclusive.” – Dr. Craig Meador, APH President
For more information about Code Jumper or to join our waiting list, please visit codejumper.com.
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To view an informational video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-P7EjBafY4&feature=youtu.be