The inTACT Sketchpad makes it easy to create tactile graphics quickly, for whatever situation you are in. You simply draw with a stylus on the tactile film and a raised line appears under your fingertips. The inTACT Sketchpad has many applications, from drawing up a diagram of a room in order to orient someone to explaining Microsoft Word’s Excel.
One great use for the inTACT Sketchpad is in the classroom, specifically regarding math and science. The applications are endless, but I have demonstrated one here. The image on this page shows a basic animal cell (left) and plant cell (right) drawn on the inTACT Sketchpad side by side. To teach the basic structure of a cell, draw a simple diagram on the inTACT Sketchpad, so the student can feel what the different parts of the cell are. You can take it a step further by having the student feel the similarities and differences between each type of cell (the parts of the cell the animal and plant cell have in common are shown by the red lines, while the parts that are unique to a plant cell are shown by the blue lines). This is just one small example of how benefical it is to have an inTACT Sketchpad in the classroom!