First experiences with eBlocks as an assistive technology for individuals with autistic spectrum condition

Jennifer Drain, Mario Riojas, Susan Lysecky, Jerzy Rozenblit

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Abstract

The integration of technology into autistic classrooms has shown promising results, including an increase in attention span, creativity, and social skills. We have introduced a low-cost learning technology composed by electronic modules called eBlocks to an autistic middle-school classroom. The participants of this study had the opportunity to learn concepts in the design and implementation of electronic systems by using the eBlocks. Our initial findings show that the integration of hands-on real world based projects, centered on the design of systems for a Smart House estimulated peer-to-peer interaction and teamwork, while promoting spontaneous creative thinking. We present our experiences with six students, including summaries of our overall experiences, teacher's pre-and post-surveys, and the examination of students' work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 - Rapid City, SD, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2011Nov 15 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRapid City, SD
Period10/12/1111/15/11

Keywords

  • Learning technologies
  • autism
  • disabilities studies
  • human-computer interaction in education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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