On Thursday 29th of August 2013, a creative development workshop was held at the Norwegian Deaf Museum. The workshop was organized for school children with hearing impairments, and eleven pupils from the Møller school attended the workshop.
A programming language can act as an extra language - a new way of expressing yourself - for pupils with visual or hearing impairments. The pupils used a visual programming language called Scratch to create their programs. They interacted with web cameras as a playful means to provide input to the computer programs.
Audun Eriksen - a Scratch specialist - directed the course. Pål Bøyesen shared the ReMiDA reuse philosophy with the pupils, and Professor Letizia Jaccheri and Michail Giannakos organized the workshop and helped the pupils with the programming.
The workshop was part of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's project "Do It Yourself with IT! - maker culture among children and global inclusion, particularly for marginalized children worldwide". The project is the successor of the Our Toys project.
The workshop was sponsored by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) at NTNU. It was organized in collaboration with ReMida center and the Norwegian Deaf Museum.
Photos from the workshop (Flickr)