TAP-It Expanded Learning

TAP-It Expanded Learning | Barber National Institute

At the Elizabeth Lee Black School, students with disabilities have been using TAP-it interactive whiteboards to promote learning and practice fine motor skills. TAP-it, (short for Touch Accessible Platform for Interactive Technology), is an interactive learning station that helps to motivate students and enables students of varying abilities to interact with a screen.

“It’s very prominent in the classroom.  All students are very motivated when they see it,” said Ashleigh Dzurik, a teacher at the Elizabeth Lee Black School. “They’re excited to reach up and touch it and to take their turn at it. Just being motivated to participate in the activity has been a big thing.”

The TAP-it reinforces skills that can be transferred to other computer-based learning applications using the internet, educational software, or communication devices. The technology of the Tap-it is designed to recognize the difference between an arm resting on the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping an image on the screen. The TAP-its feature a slanted screen, which enables all students,  including youngsters who use wheelchairs, to comfortably interact with the device.

We are thankful to the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation and the local donors who partnered with us to make this possible.  For information about making a donation, visit our Giving section.