In the weeks leading up to the conference, I will introduce my ideas and profile each product here in the blog. These entries will become the resources that people who are interested in the products and my ideas can turn to to learn more.
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Here is my presentation description:
Tactnology: Where hi-tech and children’s need for the tactile meet!
Lets’s examine the process and products that wed the Lego formula (choice + tactile = endless engagement) with technology. We will discuss what really happens when kids build by hand, thus what underlies the fundamental appeal of such products, then consider how technology can further refine the intellectual component of this process. Then we will examine some of the venerable “tactnological” products and some of the best new ones out there. Lego’s Robotics, Roominate, littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Linkbots and Makey Makey are some of the products we will consider.