Tangible Objects and Mobile Technology: Interactive Learning Environments for Students with Learning Disabilities
In recent years, tangible mobile applications have been used in general and special educational settings. Providing multi-sensory interaction, physical engagement, accessibility, and collaboration, interactive tangible mobile applications have a potential to enrich learning experience of both normally developing students and students with specific learning disabilities (SLD).
Despite the promising potential and agreement on the value of tangible technologies, few studies have yet revealed the use of interactive tangible technologies for students with SLD. Emerging research focus on supporting reading skills of students with SLD by developing tangible interfaces with different technologies. Moreover, related literature lacks both theoretical and empirical studies in relation with the use of tangible technologies for students with SLD.
This chapter presents definition and potential benefits of tangible technologies, its use with SLD, description of a tangible mobile application for students with specific learning disabilities and future directions and suggestions. It is thought that design guidelines may be enlightening for instructional designers to design and develop interactive tangible mobile applications for students with SLD.
KeywordsTangible technologies Tangible mobile applications Specific learning disabilities Tangible objects Multi-touch applications
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