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Chemistry Sim with accessibility features!Elements of the Molarity simulation include one beaker with liquid with corresponding solution concentration gauge, two interactive sliders for solution amount and solution volume, and a drop-down list of numerous liquids to choose from.

PhET Interactive Simulations has just published their first chemistry simulation Molarity with the following accessibility features:

  1. Alternative Input (or diverse input) – keyboard, touch, mouse, and VoiceOver gestures on iOS
  2. Sonification and Sound – meaningful sounds that help all students (option available to mute the sounds)
  3. Interactive Description – states and responses that are dynamic using screen reader software
  4. Interactive Description on iOS – states and responses that are dynamic using VoiceOver and its custom gestures

Alternative input and sonification are available without assistive technology (#1 & #2). To access interactive descriptions you will need to use the latest screen reader of your choice: VoiceOver, NVDA or JAWS and the appropriately paired browser Safari, Firefox, and Chrome (#3 & #4).

You can play with Molarity and use it in your learning journey for free at the following link: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/molarity

All of PhET’s simulations with Accessibility features can be found at the following link: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/accessibility/prototypes

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Need educational resources to help guide learning at home? Try OERs! Here is a list of Interactive mini-lessons, simulations, and OER repositories to get started with. Add your favourite OER in the comments—let's start a resource right here! https://snow.idrc.ocadu.ca/the-inclusive-classroom/open-educational-resources/find-an-oer/

Our friends @SNOWocad just posted a nice little article about our Molarity simulation and its accesiblity features!

https://snow.idrc.ocadu.ca/

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