Touch and Learn: Turning simple objects into learning materials
Cuéllar Reynaga, Daniel A.
Mendoza Córdova, Mayra Y.
Ramírez Marrujo, Gabriel Arturo
Santamaría Cid de León, David
Reynaga Peña, Cristina G.
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Traditionally, the typical educational strategies used in Mexico’s classrooms limit the incorporation of tactile and multisensorial experiences in the teaching of people with visual impairment. With this challenge in mind, the prototype here described was developed to be used as an innovative tool for the teaching-learning of any subject within the curriculum. With the incorporation of low-cost technology, it was feasible to combine tactile and auditory stimuli that consider the diversity of students and their contexts. By using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles during the elaboration of this prototype, we aimed to facilitate learning for the visually impaired students in an inclusive environment, by producing a multisensorial learning experience that is also attractive for sighted students. In addition, and to support diversity in the classroom, the auditory information can be displayed in different spoken languages. The prototype was elaborated with common Makerspace machinery such as laser cutters and 3D printers, so that it can be easily replicated in any part of the world at a low cost. Also, the programming is designed so that teachers can easily upload audio files to adapt the material to their specific needs and incorporate into the lessons of any given subject.
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