Learn Braille is an educational application developed by Mario Ugedo, available on the Google Play Store, compatible with Android devices. This application allows us to learn Braille easily on our smart devices, by performing various exercises or tests, in a fun and simple way.
In this review we will do an analysis of Learn Braille focused on Android mobile devices with version 9, because there is no version for IOs.
Next, we analyze how the application interacts with the user and the user with it. We will start by analyzing the interface.
When it opens, a window is displayed with different options to start our wanderings in the app. In total, we have 5 possible options, which would be: Alphabet, Letters Exercises, Word Exercises, Numbers Exercises, Phrases Exercises.
Access to the settings is located in the upper right corner of the app, in this section we can make some basic settings in the application.
The interface, therefore, is quite simplistic, facilitating access to its functionalities, in an agile way and without much complication, something that many users will appreciate.
This application does not incorporate many specific native accessibility options, but that does not imply that it is not useful for people with visual disabilities, since, for example, it can be used to teach Braille to this group by teachers or relatives of people with visual disabilities. visual impairment. Or also for those people who want to learn Braille, even if they do not have vision difficulties, but for the interest of helping or being able to communicate with people from the group. In addition, by using screen readers such as Talkback or Voice Assistant, people with more severe visual disabilities could also use the application without problem, this would be possible because all its functionalities are correctly labeled for these screen readers. Therefore, it helps to improve accessibility for people with visual disabilities, both directly and indirectly.
Next, we proceed to the accessibility analysis according to different groups of people with disabilities.
Visually impaired people
The application natively only presents 2 accessibility options for people belonging to this group, play sounds when the answer is right or wrong. But it is adapted for screen readers in a very efficient way, since they are capable of transcribing all exercises and their corresponding activities to voice without problem, even the Braille images of each activity, something very important, since it allows People with severe visual difficulties, can use this application to learn Braille without problems, while using the corresponding adaptations, recommended above all, to use it with Talkback, since it has a native screen reader and Braille keyboard, facilitating the performance of all activities available in the app.
People with hearing difficulties
The application does not present inconveniences for its use in the case of people of this group, since its strong point is visual, so that anyone with a hearing problem can use the app and learn Braille, through the functions included in the app .
People with mobility and / or handling difficulties
Although the application is not focused on this group, it could be used with the various necessary adaptations, if the disability requires it, such as those that affect the motor skills of the upper extremities. This part of the group could use it without problems thanks to the existing buttons for Android, which facilitate access to the functionality of the app without any complications, it would be enough to install the button on the device, an app to configure it and once activated, we could use the application comfortably.
Next, we analyze the degree of user satisfaction when using the application. In addition, to study the utility that the app provides.
Highlight the simplicity of the interface and how intuitive it is thanks to it. It has very few buttons, which makes it very easy to use and access the various functionalities that the application offers. Also comment that access to the app settings is very simple since you can clearly see the 3 points that provide access to them in the upper right corner with a considerable size, resulting very visible, even for those people who have some visual difficulty
Another important aspect is that we have all the options available in the app, in the main interface, which avoids complications to access the function we want and, as I have commented previously, makes its use very easy and intuitive.
Therefore, in terms of interaction, the application is quite attractive and well thought out, making its use fast and fun.
Usefulness, advantages and disadvantages
Learn Braille has different benefits and utilities, which we proceed to develop below:
- Ease of use: Simple interface, which facilitates its handling and therefore, its use by various groups of people.
- Education: It would be the main utility of the application, it provides a simple way to access the Braille language for anyone interested in learning it, it also supports those who want to use the app to teach the language to people with partial or complete visual disabilities Thus, it covers the range of education in all its aspects, being, therefore, a very useful app.
In terms of drawbacks, only two should be highlighted, which, although they do not affect the user experience, may affect the development of the educational function in the medium-long term, these would be the scarcity of functions that we can perform and the variety of exercises, which means that once we have acquired fluency, the application falls short when it comes to continuing to advance in our teaching, so more options or variety would be an interesting improvement for the application. And, the other drawback would be that it is not available for IOs, greatly limiting the community of users who, although they are interested, cannot access the app and its functionalities.
Learn Braille is a simple application but in its simplicity lies its usefulness and greater advantages, it provides an agile and fast option to get started in the world of learning the Braille language and is a valuable resource for teachers or tutors who want to help or teach Braille to people visually impaired. It is well structured and its use is both intuitive and fun, so the application delivers what it promises in a remarkable way.
- More content and variety of exercises: the number of activities for each available exercise is somewhat scarce, it would be very interesting to expand the number of activities when performing each exercise or to have a wider range of activities, so that each time we did an exercise, it would not repeat many activities.
- Compatibility with IOs: many disabled users use IOs because it is considered an operating system that provides many accessibility options, together with the large number of users in the IOs community, they make the app inaccessible to many interested parties, so a version for IOs , would give a good boost to the community of the app, in addition to expanding the range of possible users of the same.
- Be adaptive: the size of the images of the activities may be small for some people with mild visual difficulties, so adding the functionality of adapting to the size of the screen so that there would be a size proportionate to it in the activities would be a plus to be appreciated for some users.