In 2005 a project called Reactive Colours, led by Wendy Keay-Bright, conducted two years of research which led to ReacTickles, software that has proved equally engaging for early learners as for the original research group, children with autistic spectrum conditions. Now it has been taken a stage further and is being made available for the SMART Table.
ReacTickles provides an engaging, accessible computer environment for spontaneous imaginative play and learning, in which even the most anxious autistic children can relax and communicate. The 10 activities (the ‘reactickles') are accessed from a clock-like screen interface design and are structured to provide an easy-to-use, flexible guide to integrating the software into the curriculum in a manner that is rewarding and fun.
The experience of using ReacTickles on a SMART Table encourages exploration and it is easy to understand the effect such experiences can have on children on the autistic spectrum.
Using the visual shapes and patterns that children love best, it is a computer environment for spontaneous imaginative play and education.
Children are invited to come and experiment using the table, and the library will also be using it to support events and school visits.
Romford Hornchurch & Rainham have the tables,
Harold Hill to have tables in the near future.
The powerful devices, at Romford & Hornchurch Libraries, are the first 42" HD, LCD multi-touch, multi-user interactive learning technology of its kind that promises to get people excited about learning.
The SMART table allows up to eight people to use it at one time and comes with 1,500 ready-made activity packs, which encourage shared learning. It is also compatible with 3D multi-media content and has applications that are specifically designed to support children with Autism, as it helps them to predict and control their environment with games that include repetition, pattern and similarity.
Loaded on the SMART Tables is the latest augmented reality software that allows users with iOS & Android devices to experiance history 'come alive'.