Recently Added to the PRCVI Library

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This page features new titles recently added to the PRCVI Library. Registered Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments can request these titles on behalf of students by logging in to their borrower account. A complete list of recently added items can be found on the main page of the online catalogue.

Talking Bug Net

Image shows plastic insect models in the foreground with a plastic handheld net.  The box is the background.

For students in the early elementary years, the Talking Bug Net from Educational Insights is a fun, accessible learning tool for over 100 bug facts. Students can explore each of the tactile insect models and work on listening comprehension of synthesized speech.

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue


Cell Mitosis Model

Images shows a tactile model of the stages of cell mitosis

This tactile model provides students with tactile access to the process of cell mitosis. Cell organelles are enlarged approximately 10,000 times to enable students to explore the complexities of the cell. 

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue



RNIB Tactile Measuring Jug

Image of tactile measuring cup with non-slip and accessible level gauge on the side of the cup.

Great for instruction in daily living skills, this measuring cup enables students to independently measure and pour liquid ingredients using a tactile liquid level gauge with braille labels. 

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue



Rubik's Touch Cube

Image shows one Rubik's touch cube in the foreground with three product boxes stacked in the background.


This accessible 3X3 Rubik's Cube features both high contrast colours as well as tactile markings to distinguish tiles. This is a great solo activity or something to do with peers on a rainy indoor recess. 

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue



Tactile Algebra TilesImages shows the contents of the APH Tactile Algebra Tiles Kit. Several tiles are placed on one of the boards.

This new product from the American Printing House for the Blind makes traditional algebra tiles accessible to students with visual impairments using raised symbols and high contrast colours. These tiles can be used to teach a variety of mathematical concepts - adding, subtracting and multiplying integers, simplifying expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and factoring polynomials. 

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue


Math Window: Braille Geometry Kit with Trig-Calculus Add-OnImages shows the contents of the Math Window kit. Shapes tiles are placed on the board in the foreground.

The newest addition to PRCVI's collection of Math Window products, the Geometry Kit with Trig-Calculus Add-On provides tangible access to concepts in trigonometry, analytic geometry, and calculus. Print/braille tiles enable students to work collaboratively using the tool with their typically sighted peers. 

Link to record in the PRCVI Online Catalogue

About the author

Adam Wilton

I have been fortunate to learn and grow with students with visual impairments since 2007, working as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and most recently as the Program Manager of PRCVI and ARC-BC. I completed a PhD in Special Education at the University of British Columbia in 2017 where my research focused on the administrative determinants of workloads for itinerant TSVIs.   

One of my favourite aspects of my current role is delivering outreach support to my colleagues and their students from across British Columbia. I've been fortunate to have many exciting adventures in schools and communities across the province and I hope you enjoy following along through #outreaching!

When I'm not on the road, I enjoy learning to play the violin, collecting antique books, and spending time surrounded by trees. 

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