Adapting smart phone applications about physics education to blind students

Bulbul M. S. , Yigit N., GARİP B.

International Physics Conference at the Anatolian Peak (IPCAP), Erzurum, Turkey, 25 - 27 February 2016, vol.707 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 707
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1742-6596/707/1/012039
  • City: Erzurum
  • Country: Turkey
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Today, most of necessary equipment in a physics laboratory are available for smartphone users via applications. Physics teachers may measure from acceleration to sound volume with its internal sensors. These sensors collect data and smartphone applications make the raw data visible. Teachers who do not have well-equipped laboratories at their schools may have an opportunity to conduct experiments with the help of smart phones. In this study, we analyzed possible open source physics education applications in terms of blind users in inclusive learning environments. All apps are categorized as partially, full or non-supported. The roles of blind learner's friend during the application are categorized as reader, describer or user. Mentioned apps in the study are compared with additional opportunities like size and downloading rates. Out of using apps we may also get information about whether via internet and some other extra information for different experiments in physics lab. Q-codes reading or augmented reality are two other opportunity provided by smart phones for users in physics labs. We also summarized blind learner's smartphone experiences from literature and listed some suggestions for application designers about concepts in physics.