Identifying and Using Tools

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How can you teach a person about technology and engineering if he has never been exposed to the tools and devices used to create and construct? Learners with visual impairments examine a number of common tools, such as hammers, wrenches, C-clamps, and screwdrivers. They feel each tool, discuss its purpose, and then use it. This is a great way to help learners conceptualize what tools are, which will help them build a complete understanding of the world around them. 

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Pros

  • Excellent activity to increase vocabulary and a dynamic understanding of the world
Cons

  • Using a hammer can be a bit dangerous; be sure to guide your learners through the process carefully
  • You may want to partially drive nails into the wood to stabilize them before teaching this lesson