Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Indicator Dots

Marking braille

When working with my students learning braille, I prefer to use indicator dots as their method for responses. The reason being quite simple...it's very easy for them to change their answer when they go back to review their work.
 
Most programs suggest using push pins and cork board...I don't like push pins in the hands of the young. Too many chances to injure themselves. If an error is found or you want to use the sheet again at a later date with the student, the student can feel where the push pin mark was.
 
Another popular method is to use crayons to mark the answer. This is virtually impossible for the student to correct, as trying to erase the crayon also erases the braille.
 
Indicator dotsSo, I use the indicator dot. The dots are made from the adhesive foam pages you can purchase from craft stores or areas in stores. A paper punch is used...I use a 3-hole punch as it speeds up the time it takes me to make the card. I then peel the sticker off and place them on a plastic card. The size of the card depends on the purpose. For instance, for a test of 20 questions, the card may be bookmark size. Typically, I make the cards to by 4x6 inches in size.
 
The student is able to quickly obtain the indicator dot from the card, place it on their answer, and move on to the next question. I'm able to document if I use the page again...for instance, in the picture of the braille page, my student had an off day. She was all over the map with behavior and her braille recall. I chose to have her redo the page by my removing all the indicator dots. She had no clue she had already done this page previously. The plastic I use is from cheap binders/folders that I buy at the dollar store or from clearance racks. You know the ones that are bendable?
 
If you use the binders for the plastic, the center piece where the binder rings are? Those can be used to make mobiles for the little ones or some teachers have asked me for them so they can easily hang student work from the ceiling or a bulletin board before placing them in a student portfolio.
 
One downside is these cards take time to make. However, I like to use parents who want to volunteer, school PTA members, student service organizations, my own children, etc. People like to help, they just don't always know how.

Comments

Holy Cow!

Posted by Kathi Loudon

Made them!

Posted by Linda Brown

Foam Pages

Posted by C. Cahill

Posted on January 8, 2014
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Indicator Dots

eleagan commented on February 27, 2014

I go to Michaels (or any craft store will work, I'm sure) and buy the 5x7 foam paper with the sticky backs. The plastic card I use is from the bendable binders or folders and cut them down to size.

I also buy their tub of foam stickers the geometric shapes. These are also perfect for putting on a card. I use them to help my braille student in the editing process of their papers. The stars, square, triangles, etc can all have a meaning that the student applies to them. I make them a reference card to use in the beginning and this is helpul to the gen ed teacher as they edit the student's work once we've put print to it.

C. Cahill commented on February 27, 2014

Can you tell me the name of the foam pages you use for this accommodation? I would like to use this in my class, but I am not familiar with the material you are using.

Linda Brown commented on February 26, 2014

I finally got the chance to make them and try them out with 1 student. What is amazing is how well it worked! While it is time consuming to make, it is well worth the time! My student met with success and was able to change their answer easily. Our lesson took less time as a result. Thank you for sharing!

Kathi Loudon commented on February 7, 2014

What a fantastic idea! The curriculum I use calls for the use of crayons to mark the answer. Like you said the problem with this is you can't change your answer without making a mess of the page. This looks like a very cool idea! I even have a parent of one of my students wanting to volunteer that I can probably get to make these for me. I can never thank you enough for the post!