Friday, March 17, 2017

Microsoft designed these colorful toys to teach blind kids to code

As computer science becomes increasingly important to people’s careers in our fast-changing world, it’s important that no one is left far behind because of physical and mental challenges. To address that, Microsoft has developed Project Torino, a system consisting of a programming language and large colorful toys called pods, which can be used to make sounds, stories, poems, and songs in order to teach coding concepts to children with visual impairments. The idea is to help kids aged seven to eleven to get familiar computational thinking and to enable teachers without a background in computer science to guide them in…

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