The iBraille Challenge app for iPad is designed to provide students who are blind and who read braille with a digital platform for practicing their braille literacy skills. This app was built to replicate four of the five test types that are used in The National Braille Challenge literacy contest - an annual, nation-wide literacy challenge sponsored by the Braille Institute of America.
The app is designed to be used with a refreshable braille display and contains the following Braille Challenge tests: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Speed & Accuracy and Proofreading. All tests follow the same form and format as the annual paper-based Braille Challenge, except this app is designed to give students the ability to practice self-administered tests to improve their literacy skills.
Simply download the app to your iPad and select the Sign-Up button on the login page. Each user will be required to set up an account by providing their email address and some broad information relating to their age, grade, school and experience reading/writing in braille. Students will use their email address as their username and will receive five-digit passcode by email that they will use as their password.
This app is designed to be used with a refreshable braille display. Upon initial login, each student will need to select their current grade range:
Apprentice: 1st - 2nd grade
Freshman: 3rd - 4th grade
Sophomore: 5th - 6th grade
Junior Varsity: 7th - 9th grade
Varsity: 10th - 12th grade
Once an age range is selected, all test content presented in the app will be grade/age appropriate for the student.
The app contains tutorial audio/videos and thorough, accessible instructions that can be emailed to the user. Visit our website at http://www.brailleinstitute.org/ibraille-challenge-practice-app for more information, instructions, tutorials and other materials.
The iBraille Challenge app was developed through a partnership between California State University Los Angeles and Braille Institute of America - through the Stepping Up Technology Implementation grant awarded through the Department of Education / Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP 327S120007).
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reading instructions after finding URL
I'll update this review sometime after I open the app for the 1st time, which could be a while since I don't often have sufficient access to Wi-Fi.
Just want to comment Re: reading the instructions and Re: finding the URL (Web address).
I am using A Braille Sense U2, 32-cell display, Perkins-style braille keyboard in Terminal for Screen Reader mode and VoiceOver on my iPad. I have a little bit of experience with reading parts of a few books in an app for the blind/physically handicapped on my iPhone SE, but the delay when scrolling is frustrating enought it's easier to download the book to the Braille Sense to read outside of Terminal for Screen Reader mode.
The way that the app description in the App Store is layed out: It's very helpful that the grade levels have extra spacing to make it quicker for me to scroll through the app description to find the incorrect Web address.
The fact that it's the incorrect URL is why I originally gave 1 star before finding and reading the app instructions.
Thank goodness there's a dedicated App Support button in the App Store to go to the correct Web address.
The instructions are very well written. There are a very few minor problems, which is part of why I'm giving a rating of 3 stars. 1 example is that under Feedback > Hardware Keyboards , VoiceOver has the char of character at the end of 1 item and the acter of character at the beginning of the following item (I'm not a speedy braille reader, so I tend to read Web pages with VoiceOver speech, moving item by item).
A few more comments:
THE FAQ is good, but it mentions that this app will be available in 2018 in the place where I found the app today (at the end of 2019).
Re: Changing Auto-Lock and, as the instructions point out, remembering to turn it back on:
I prefer when apps, such as the reading app I mentioned above and a few GPS apps for the blind, have a setting to keep the device
from locking while I'm using the app; then it's really easy for me to get back to using the default Auto-Lock setting by using the Home key (including using VO-h on a QWERTY keyboard or chord-h on the Braille Sense in Terminal for Screen Reader mode).
Of course, if the FAQs are slightly out of date, maybe I'll find, when I actually use the app, that the Auto-Lock feature issue is already handled better. than the instructions suggest.
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- Braille Institute
- 41.4 MB
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Braille Institute of America
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.