Applying New Interaction Paradigms to the Education of Children with Special Educational Needs

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7382)


The proliferation of new devices over the last decade has introduced new ways of interaction such us tactile (iPhone [1]) or touchless gesture (Kinect [2]) user interfaces. This opens up new opportunities for the education of children with special needs. However, it also raises new issues. On the one hand, children have to be able to manage different technologies, some of which do not enable natural ways of interaction. On the other hand, software developers have to design applications compatible with many different platforms. This paper offers a state-of-the-art discussion about how new interaction paradigms are being applied in the field of education. As a preliminary conclusion, we have detected the need for a standard on gesture-based interfaces. With this in mind, we propose a roadmap setting out the essential steps to be followed in order to define this standard based on natural hand movements.


SEN Education Touch Touchless Gesture User Interface Kinect Interaction Paradigms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ComputingTechnical University of MadridBoadilla del MonteSpain
  2. 2.GI-CETTICOTechnical University of MadridBoadilla del MonteSpain
  3. 3.Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de MadridSpain

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