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Ballyland apps for iPad

Coming soon: Ballyland Code 'n' Wheelie

Wheelie in brackets as app iconSome VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Gestures: Finger drag, flick left/right with one finger, flick down/up with one finger, double tap, flick left with three fingers,  'touch and hold'.

 

Ballyland Code ‘n’ Wheelie – is the perfect first step to learning how to code on an iPad. Specifically designed to support children who are blind or have low vision and are novice users of VoiceOver. ‘Play with Coding’ is a playful introduction to the basic concept of coding. ‘The Coding Game’ offers three multi-level coding challenges to code movement in a digital game grid.

Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky!

Stay Still, Squeaky!

No VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Beginner, Very easy to Moderate
Gestures: Touch, swipe, finger drag, ‘touch and hold’.
Get Ballyland Staystill, Squeaky! from the AppStore

Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky! – is a great, safe introduction to iPad interaction for young children with vision impairment and their sighted friends and siblings. A Story that responds to touch with audio feedback, plus a Game that helps to develop finger drag skills and build spatial awareness on the screen. Read more about Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky!

Ballyland Sound Memory

Ballyland Sound Memory

Some VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Gestures: Finger drag, single finger double tap, single finger flick left/right, single finger flick up/down.
Get Ballyland Sound Memory from the AppStore

Ballyland Sound Memory is a fun, sound-matching game. While busy navigating the game to locate, memorize and match the Ballyland sounds, children will get a basic understanding of how to navigate a digital grid. Read more about Ballyland Sound Memory

Ballyland Magic

Ballyland Magic

No VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Moderate
Gestures: Finger drag, double tap, single finger flick left/right, three finger flick left/right.
Get Ballyland Magic from the AppStore
Ballyland Magic – While they play the game and interact with the Ballylanders, the children learn accessibility concepts and fundamental finger gestures for VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader. These skills enable children who are blind or have low vision to use an iPad or other iOS mobile touch screen device. Read more about Ballyland Magic.

Ballyland Rotor

Ballyland Rotor

Some VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Moderate
Gestures: VoiceOver 'Rotor' gesture, single finger flick up and down, three finger flick left
Get Ballyland Rotor from the AppStore
Ballyland Rotor is the sequel to Ballyland Magic. It’s a fun, educational iPad game that helps children who are blind or visually impaired to learn and practice the gestures for the ‘Rotor’, an important, slightly advanced concept in VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader for iOS Devices. Ballicopter, the little red helicopter, embarks on an amazing flight through Ballyland, and the Rotor gesture is used to change the unfolding of his engaging adventure. Read more about Ballyland Rotor

Learn more about the use of Ballyland apps in the paper presented by Phia Damsma at the 2017 VISCON Conference, September 2017, Renwick Centre, Sydney, Australia:
Supporting children and young adults who are blind or have low vision in learning the gestures and concepts of VoiceOver on an Apple iOS touch device