RFID Helps Deaf Children Learn Sign Language

Posted by Ken Lynch on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 @ 03:55 AM

Computer Program and RFID-Enabled Toys Designed to Help Preschoolers Learn Faster

Back to SchoolThis post was sourced from Twitter with credit going to @zanderliving.  The tweet linked to a recent blog article from Trridev Labelss Mfg. Co, a provider of automation solutions and barcoding equipment, and struck a chord with me as so many kids are on their way back to school this month. 

As teachers prepare their classrooms and lesson plans, imagine the extra care taken by those who are planning for rooms full of kids with special needs.  A group of researchers are hoping to make the transition from summer fun to structured classroom a little easier for deaf children by developing an RFID-based system that combines RFID-enabled toys and a computer program to teach sign language.

The Trridev Labelss blog article is posted below:

Thanks to a computer program and RFID-enabled toys, preschoolers learn faster

A group of researchers in the United States are developing a system that uses RFID to teach sign language to very young children.

While there are a whole variety of computer-based sign language learning programs, none of them are very well adapted to the special learning needs of 3 to 5 year olds. The professors and researchers in question have created a system that combines toys and a computer to make sign language more real and more understandable for preschoolers and their parents and teachers.

RFID tags are embedded into several dozens toys, each representing an airplane, dog, cat, car, house, boat and so forth. When a child brings one of the toys up to an RFID reader situated near the computer, the computer screen automatically shows a video of a person demonstrating that item’s sign, as well as several other images of that item. The program also displays the printed word on the screen and speaks the word out loud, for the benefit of parents or educators who can hear. 

The importance of starting to learn any language, including sign language, as early as possible in childhood is very well known. By allowing educators to link actual objects that can be seen and held with their sign, RFID is helping make it easier for very young deaf children to build a solid foundation in learning.

With technology in the classroom changing so rapidly, it is heartening to see that innovation is reaching children of all learning abilities.  Now, with new clothes purchased, school lunches packed and an early morning routine re-established - it's back to school.

Feel free to share your experience with technology in the classroom below.  How else could RFID be used to help students learn and teachers teach?

Trridev Labelss cited http://www.discoverrfid.org/ as the original article source.

Tags: RFID, RFID in the Classroom, RFID Enabled Toys

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