The Reactive Colours Project: Taking an Embodied Approach to Information Communication Technologies, Creativity and Special Education
Institute of Creative Technologies
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This paper will present practical insights and theoretical perspectives in order to offer an approach to Information Communication Technology (ICT) that is creative and expressive. Drawing on the outcomes of the Reactive Colours research, I will highlight how the project exploited kinesthetic engagement and embodied interaction to promote meaningful and transferable learning experiences for even the most anxious of young children on the autism spectrum. The project identified that relaxing, physical and perceptual play experiences with digital technologies can enhance social communication when children are given the opportunity to demonstrate their interests through action. New developments of the project will investigate the potential of mobile and networked technologies to motivate and facilitate non-verbal forms of self-expression. In relation to this, future research will specifically consider the effectiveness of embodied interaction to encourage creative thinking and imagination with emphasis on synthesis and transfer, aspects of the creative process that are known to be particularly difficult for this highly individual group, and the need to discover effective mechanisms to evaluate learning that is tacit and experiential.
Future of Creative Technologies, Issue 1, June 2007/2008, pp.18-20
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