Communicating Through Technology

Mehida is a multimedia system offering hearing-impaired children an easy and attractive method to communicate with their hearing and deaf peers. It is a total communication method whose objective is the acquisition of various forms of communication available to the hearing impaired simultaneously: sign language, speech, finger spelling, lip reading, reading and writing (IEEE,1995) .

Didactic(educational) activities and games are used to teach the different means of communication. This approach gives the child the chance to practice the different types of communication. A character has been created in the shape of a pear to assist and guide the child. The pupil identifies with the character at all times, as it explains what the child is being asked to do during each activity.

School to Home Link

This technology would be a great tool for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing at a mild to moderate or profound degree. Teachers could also use this technology in the classroom and then link the work that is being done by students in the classroom to home.
Students are also practicing their social skills by interacting with other children who share their disability and learning from one another as well.

The Mehida learning process is divided into five stages: basic learning, pre-reading and prewriting, syllable, word, and sentence reading and writing. Each phase establishes a hierarchy of didactic objectives which are the expression of the skills and knowledge to be acquired by the child during the learning process (e.g., Learning concepts of similarity), broken down into a series of lower level operational objectives (e.g., Select figures of the same shape, size and colour).

References:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Winter 1995 (Vol. 2, No. 4) pp. 55-67

http://csdl2.computer.org/persagen/DLAbsToc.jsp?resourcePath=/dl/mags/mu/&toc=comp/mags/mu/1995/04/u4toc.xml&DOI=10.1109/93.482296

This page was contributed by: Kai Blackwood