More than 1,000 students in NSW public schools who are blind or have low vision are benefiting from access to 3D printers that create 3D models to aid their learning.
After two and half years of research and development by the Department of Education, schools can access a growing library of 3D files that are aligned to the curriculum, for printing onsite on their own 3D printer or a borrowed device from the Department.
Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said that these learning resources, such as tactile globes or components of the human brain, are world-leading examples of inclusive education.
“This is incredible and innovative work by our inclusion specialists,” Ms Mitchell said.
“3D prints of human anatomy can make learning biology easier for students with a vision impairment who would traditionally have used simpler raised line diagrams to help build understanding in the course.”
To complement this new learning innovation, the Department also commissioned a variety of research into best practice for inclusive education and learning outcomes for students with disability.