14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Participatory Design: Classroom Applications and Experiences

Pamela Connors, Alice Davis, George Fortier, Kerry Gilley, Brian Rundle, Chris Soland, Alice Tarachow

Tucker-Maxon Oral School, Portland, Oregon, USA

Using the participatory design process, a team of programmers, researchers and a school community have come together to plan and design a computerized speech toolkit to meet the needs of children with profound sensorineural hearing loss. Along the way there have been many challenges. Despite these, the process is succeeding. The speech toolkit features and Baldi are being improved. Applications designed with the toolkit are used by deaf children to improve their listening and speech skills, expand their vocabulary, practice language skills and review concepts in academic areas. This paper describes the challenges this project has faced, how the toolkit has developed and some specific applications created by grant team members.

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Bibliographic reference.  Connors, Pamela / Davis, Alice / Fortier, George / Gilley, Kerry / Rundle, Brian / Soland, Chris / Tarachow, Alice (1999): "Participatory design: classroom applications and experiences", In ICPhS-14, 1285-1288.