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Creating TUIs Using RFID Sensors--A Case Study Based on the Literacy Process of Children with Down Syndrome.

Jadán-Guerrero J, Guerrero L, López G, Cáliz D, Bravo J - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: Our proposed system focuses on the integration of RFID tags in 3D printed objects and low cost toys.The results of a preliminary evaluation in a special education institution showed that the system helps to improve the interaction between teachers and children.The use of a TUI seems to give a physical sensory experience to develop literacy skills in children with Down syndrome.

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Affiliation: Research Center for Communication and Information Technologies, Universidad de Costa Rica CITIC-UCR, Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, San José 2060, Costa Rica. janiojadan@uti.edu.ec.

ABSTRACT
Teaching children with intellectual disabilities is a big challenge for most parents and educators. Special education teachers use learning strategies to develop and enhance motivation for complex learning tasks. Literacy acquisition is an essential and life-long skill for a child with intellectual disabilities. In this context, technology can support specific strategies that will help children learn to read. This paper introduces a Tangible User Interface (TUI) system based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to support literacy for children with Down syndrome. Our proposed system focuses on the integration of RFID tags in 3D printed objects and low cost toys. The paper describes the experience of using some materials covering the tags and the different problems related to the material and distance of radio wave propagation. The results of a preliminary evaluation in a special education institution showed that the system helps to improve the interaction between teachers and children. The use of a TUI seems to give a physical sensory experience to develop literacy skills in children with Down syndrome.

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Mentions: The method begins with vocabulary that the children understand and are familiar with (e.g., animals, food, toys, and favorite places). Moreover, it utilizes pictograms and the written word on 15 × 10 cm cards. The font of the letters on the card is Script MS Bold, the color is red, and it is printed as large as possible. Figure 1 shows two examples of cards.


Creating TUIs Using RFID Sensors--A Case Study Based on the Literacy Process of Children with Down Syndrome.

Jadán-Guerrero J, Guerrero L, López G, Cáliz D, Bravo J - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Troncoso and Del Cerro’s method cards.
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sensors-15-14845-f001: Troncoso and Del Cerro’s method cards.
Mentions: The method begins with vocabulary that the children understand and are familiar with (e.g., animals, food, toys, and favorite places). Moreover, it utilizes pictograms and the written word on 15 × 10 cm cards. The font of the letters on the card is Script MS Bold, the color is red, and it is printed as large as possible. Figure 1 shows two examples of cards.

Bottom Line: Our proposed system focuses on the integration of RFID tags in 3D printed objects and low cost toys.The results of a preliminary evaluation in a special education institution showed that the system helps to improve the interaction between teachers and children.The use of a TUI seems to give a physical sensory experience to develop literacy skills in children with Down syndrome.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Research Center for Communication and Information Technologies, Universidad de Costa Rica CITIC-UCR, Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, San José 2060, Costa Rica. janiojadan@uti.edu.ec.

ABSTRACT
Teaching children with intellectual disabilities is a big challenge for most parents and educators. Special education teachers use learning strategies to develop and enhance motivation for complex learning tasks. Literacy acquisition is an essential and life-long skill for a child with intellectual disabilities. In this context, technology can support specific strategies that will help children learn to read. This paper introduces a Tangible User Interface (TUI) system based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to support literacy for children with Down syndrome. Our proposed system focuses on the integration of RFID tags in 3D printed objects and low cost toys. The paper describes the experience of using some materials covering the tags and the different problems related to the material and distance of radio wave propagation. The results of a preliminary evaluation in a special education institution showed that the system helps to improve the interaction between teachers and children. The use of a TUI seems to give a physical sensory experience to develop literacy skills in children with Down syndrome.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus