CHICAGO, IL--NextWindow has donated an interactive monitor integrated with a NextWindow optical sensor to Wolfe School to help the students learn, improve their confidence, and assist teachers in assessing their progress.
"When we learned about the great work the school is doing to adapt
interactive technology for special needs children, we knew we wanted to
help," said Anthony Uhrick, VP, sales & marketing, North America,
NextWindow. "Since many of the students are visual learners, or have limited motor skills, the touch screen provides an intuitive interface. The optical sensor does not require pressure and tracks very well‹anything that looks like a stylus, including pointers and prosthesis, making it easier to use than conventional touch technologies."
The Wolfe School was founded to educate and prepare each student to make appropriate choices and to function as independently as possible in school, home, and community settings. It has been progressive in its use of AV to help students learn and prepare for on-the-job experiences. The school is also using on-line interactive learning games and activities from web sites and digital video to develop video social stories for children who have autism.
NextWindow's donation of the interactive display is one way the company plans to celebrate AV Week, Oct. 21-27, 2007, with the theme, "Spotlighting the Value of AV in People's Lives." Uhrick said that NextWindow will visit the school later this month with a presentation and additional interactive touchscreens. In addition, Marentette and Uhrick will co-author and present a white paper on the use of visual and multimedia instructional strategies.