Technology and independent learning

Advances in technology enable a whole new approach to the inclusion of children with vision impairment in mainstream schools.

We believe that children should be taught the skills to be self-reliant in their learning so that adult support is seen as the exception rather than the rule. We believe that recent developments in educational thinking and massive advances in digital technology now make this achievable in ways that weren't previously possible.

Technology revolution and digital resources

The increasing accessibility of tablets and smart phones means that blind and partially sighted learners are now able to use them directly rather than having to learn to use specialist software or different equipment. 

Developments in the availability of digital learning resources has also led to the creation of RNIB Bookshare, an online database of downloadable resources in accessible formats for print disabled learners.  

How technology can be used to promote independent learning

The following four films show children and young people with vision impairment discussing how they use technology to learn more effectively and independently.

Film 1: Wilson is 10 years old and uses a tablet

Film 2: Ismail is 13 and uses an electronic magnifier

Film 3: Ben is 14 and uses a tablet and a laptop

Film 4: Hannah is 18 and uses a desktop and an audio text reader

Assistive technology assessments

Technology is an essential means for learners with sight loss to develop their literacy skills to their full potential, to access information and present their work. We have produced a guide which gives information and advice to anybody involved in deciding what equipment to provide for a young person with sight loss in an educational setting.

In addition, we have produced a checklist to help with setting up a PC in order to maximise its use for learners with vision impairment.

iPad resources

The following films show the importance of tablets in the classroom, focusing on the iPad.

Case studies

We've collected some case studies around the topic of using tablets in the classroom. At the moment, all of these focus on the use of iPads, which would seem to reflect their prevalence in this area. 

Independent learning resources

You can find about resources that support independent learning here:






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