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ERIC Number: EJ1114998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Introduction of 3D Printing Technology in the Classroom for Visually Impaired Students
Jo, Wonjin; I, Jang Hee; Harianto, Rachel Ananda; So, Ji Hyun; Lee, Hyebin; Lee, Heon Ju; Moon, Myoung-Woon
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v110 n2 p115-121 Mar-Apr 2016
The authors investigate how 3D printing technology could be utilized for instructional materials that allow visually impaired students to have full access to high-quality instruction in history class. Researchers from the 3D Printing Group of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) provided the Seoul National School for the Blind with tactile instructional materials and resizable braille made by 3D printers. The teacher provided side-by-side hands-on instruction to guide students in understanding the characteristics of the shapes and their meanings. Students also used their hands to independently explore the 3D materials, allowing them to appropriately feel the historical pictures, maps, or relics. This procedure reinforced delivery of the lecture immensely since it clarified potential misunderstanding of text descriptions. The resulting implication was that the 3D instructional materials were beneficial and more suitable to help visually impaired students successfully comprehend content taught in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea (Seoul)
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