Tactile to Digital Part 3: Creating a Tactile Overlay On the Go!

What if you are in the middle of a tech lesson and your student would benefit from a tactile overlay of the iPad screen? This post shows two quick and easy ways to create simple iPad overlays without an embosser or PIAF/Swell graphics machine. The app being showcased in the video is the free APH CodeQuest app, a coding concept app in which the player has to determine the path that the astronaut must take to reach his rocket ship. The path/maze is basically a grid with open and blocked off areas.

Tactile Materials

  • iPad
  • Paper
  • Pencil/pen
  • Scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Sensational Blackboard OR graphic tape

Material Resources

In the video below, Jessica quickly shared two methods on how she traced the CodeQuest grid on to paper and then created a tactile graphic of the grid. Method 1, she used a Sensational Blackboard to draw a raised line image of the grid. Method 2, is she placed graphic tape on the grid lines.

Editor's Note: I recommend taking a screenshot of the CodeQuest grid and tracing the photo. If tracing the actual app, you may activate buttons in the app!


Top Reasons for the CodeQuest Overlay

  • Assist student in dragging in a straight line across or down the grid
  • Understand the concept of rows, columns and grids
  • To build mental mapping skills of the grid layout and the spatial relationships of items on the grid
  • Help transition from tactile graphics to digital resources
  • To reinforce how many "steps" are needed along the path