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Polly is an electronic Wi-Fi enabled braille learning device that teaches reading, typing, writing, vocabulary, and spelling in both contracted and uncontracted braille using a gamified approach. With immediate feedback, incorporation of music, and competitive games, Polly puts the fun into learning braille! This device includes multiple input methods, a speaker for instruction and feedback, and an online teacher portal that allows remote access and progress monitoring for educators/parents. Polly contains both a 6-dot braille keyboard and an electronic slate to accommodate the preference of the user.
Note: Polly is currently out of stock. EOTs may still place backorders, which will ship upon inventory arrival. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Created in partnership with ThinkerBell Labs, Polly is an electronic Wi-Fi enabled device that will assist users in learning and reinforcing braille concepts. It has many components for both input and output. Output includes: 6 standard braille cells, 2 large braille cells, and a speaker/headphone jack for auditory instructions. Input includes: 6-dot braille keyboard, large dot display, and an electronic slate. Custom controls include a volume control, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, and a repeat button. An online website that can be used by teachers to assign lessons and track progress is included with purchase.
Both contracted and uncontracted braille curriculum content are available through Polly. Lessons include vocabulary provided in the context of short stories and spelling instruction for CVC words. Several games and an independent vocabulary mode are also available to reinforce braille learning content. The electronic slate and braille keyboard allow students to develop writing skills that will promote independence in multiple environments. Teachers can create individualized Spelling/Vocabulary lessons and customize the lesson order for student’s learning needs through the online portal, Helios – allowing Polly to be used as a supplementary tool for any braille curriculum.
The Braille Alphabet and Braille Alphabetic Word Signs by Jack Hartmann are additional learning resources included with Polly. These songs were developed to assist students who are blind or low vision to learn the Braille Alphabet and corresponding word signs.
You can sign-in to Helios with your email address or Google Account at https://polly-helios.thinkerbelllabs.com. If you are using an organizational email address and facing issues with a sign-in link, you can sign-in with an email OTP (one-time-password).
The Quick Start Guide for Polly™ is available at https://polly-helios.thinkerbelllabs.com. There is also a QR code located on the insert contained inside Polly’s box. Be sure to read the Quick Start Guide before you switch on the device and use your Polly for the first time.
Once signed in, you will be able to see quick access pages on the left sidebar. Simply select the desired topic to navigate to pages such as Learners (student accounts) or Pollys (if you have multiple Pollys under your supervision). To view your account permissions, select the Account link.
You can show or hide sidebar labels by selecting Toggle Mode from More in sidebar.
You can sign-out by clicking the sidebar or navigation bar’s More button and selecting Sign Out.
The Learners category lists the users (braille learners) you have registered to Helios. The Learners menu provides a brief overview of learners, their default Pollys, and when they were last online.
The fields listed for a Learner are as follows:
To edit details of any learner, select the edit button on in the table. To add a new learner, select the Add Learner at the top left of the screen.
To get expanded view for a learner, select the learners name.
A Learner (braille learner) account is recommended for usage tracking, analysis, and report generation. Once you have added a Polly and your account is activated, you will be able to add learner to your account.
To add a learner, select “Add Learner” from Dashboard, or by navigating to the Learners and selecting the Add Learners Page. Helios requests the following fields when you add a learner:
Click Save to confirm the information. You will receive the confirmation email shortly. Once confirmation is received, the learner’s account will be activated.
To edit a student’s profile, select the edit button while on the Learners screen or while viewing the learner’s profile.
Teacher account gives access to all content while continuing to save progress. Student accounts require an introduction to be completed first before continuing through lessons in natural progression.
Contact Thinkerbell Labs, email@example.com, if you would like to activate multiple learners on your admin account.
If you have purchased a Polly, look for the Activation Key by scanning the QR code at the bottom of your Polly device, or by scanning the QR code on the welcome card in your Polly’s box. Helios will prompt you to Add Polly if you have not done so already. You can add another Polly by navigating to the Add Polly Page from Pollys (given that you’ve permissions to do so). Once on Add Polly Page, paste or enter the activation key in the box and click on Verify. Once the Polly is verified, you will see an image of your Polly in the prompt with the Polly ID (also located at the bottom of your Polly device or included in your purchase order), click Add to finish adding your Polly.
The Polly link will provide a list the Pollys purchased and added to your account.
The fields listed for a Polly are as follows:
The Account screen displays information about your Helios account. Helios works on levels of access. Once you register a Polly you bought, you are given “ADMIN” access. This is identified by a badge next to your profile in the sidebar. If you are invited to Helios by someone else, you are granted access as given by the invitee.
All Admins can invite other users to Helios. These are displayed on the Linked Accounts. The various permissions you can give a user are as follows:
If you are an admin, you can optionally invite other people to Helios, with various permissions.
Report displays overall usage statistics within a given range of all the learners registered under your account. There are two charts displaying active learners per given date, and total time spent per given date. Select a time range to display and a list of active learners will appear, showing the time spent on the device by each learner. Click on a learner to navigate to the learner’s detailed progress report.
Catalog Number: 1-08490-00
Accessible Menu Map for Polly.
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