Teaching using haptics technology

Haptics allow students to “explore relationships in simulations not feasible in the physical realm because of limits of time, space, cost, or safety” (www.elsevier.com/locate/compedu). Haptic interfaces provide realistic force feedback (e.g. simulating object compliance, weight, and inertia) and/or tactile feedback (e.g. simulating surface contact geometry, smoothness, slippage, and temperature).  Haptics can be useful for many areas in education.  Here are just a few that can be useful with elementary students and students with special needs in particular.

Using haptics to teach Science and Geography

The Haptic Storybook

The Haptic Handwriting Lesson

Other teaching ideas

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