FINAL POST :)

Looking back at these previous four weeks researching on this project, I have found that problems such as stuttering and other speech disability issues are things that are hard to “solve” sitting home but one thing that we can all take part in doing is networking the issue. With multiple sources available for us to use including Twitter. We can easily implement the thoughts of many school faculty including principles and assistant principles. In fact Id say that it is easier to make change sitting at home then in person at the school because of the requirement of appointments before meeting facility. With small steps such as networking via social media. I believe that we can spread the knowledge and need for speech aiding technology in schools.

I believe our community and generation still has a lot to learn about the issue of stuttering in schools and the technology needed to assist with it. In fact I think I myself have to do a lot of research still about it. The main fact that I would like to spread to schools and students around America is that stuttering is not gonna be stopped by having advising and counseling, but instead it can be “helped” by using patience and aid through care and technology availability.

I would like future students to ask similar questions to their genius hour projects. Some of them can be using questions such as What specific technologies assist students with stuttering issues? Or, What facilities can be added to metro area schools that aid with self confidence in students with disabilities. It is important that everyone who reads my research to pick up the great compassion I have towards these students. Most of this comes from my own past. I hope that more advances are made in technology with speech disabilities and the advancement is shared among most schools, even ones with low budgets.

6th Genius Hour post

As my genius hour project comes to a near holt this Maymester, I would like to thank everyone who complemented my project and gave me helpful critique regarding the concern. After thinking about how I would like to present my project to the class, I have decided to either use the smores application to make a flyer type display or make an actual poster and explain it on video. I have not decided which one of the two, however I am leaning more towards the physical poster video. I think talking in person gives me a chance to explain my project better than just pictures and words on a flyer.

For grading purposes of my blog, I would like to be reviewed using the following rubric I found online. This rubric was used on another Genius Hour Project and I believe does a fair job at critiquing my work. I have provided the rubric below.

Uniqueness- 20%. Are there signs of individuality shown in the project?

Organization- 20% is the information presented in a clear and orderly manner?

Grammar and Structure-  20% Are there important errors that sway the reader away from the theme of the project. Are the grammatical mistakes repetitive?

Interest- 20%  the student show obvious signs of interest in the matter? Does it look like he or she did some background research?

Commitment- Were the posts posted in a timely manner? And did the student show good signs of improvement throughout his posts?

Applications as a Band Aid

Hey Guy! Kicking this day off Id like to say that over the course of this blog, I have not only learned a lot about my topic but also realized how problems in society never get solved and are left in a pile of “to do” for a while. However, I think that along with concrete technology another aid that speech disability can get from technology is the use of applications. One example of this is invidianAID. invisianAID is an app that is used to smooth out speech when used to dictate speech.

Speech technology is mostly used when the user is able to speak into a device to translate into more clear sound or words. This can be a problem if a student is not able to speak clear enough for the machine to understand. This is where apps like invisianAID for Window and Android comes in. This app is currently off production, however it expects to be back on the app stores by November of 2018. This can be applied to use in many situations for students and can add to their productivity in classroom.

Overall I think that students struggle with speech disability is seen among generations and is something that can not be changed with the production of apps like these, however technology and applications like these can help form a band aid for wounds from year of bullying. The best way to gain back self confidence in students is through small changes such as applications.

Reference: http://www.stutteringhelp.org/electronic-devices-software-and-apps

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Interview with high school senior

With research for my Genius Hour Project coming to a near close, I realized that I needed to step up my game with finding more unique material to showcase on this blog. I think that what better way to get incite into K12 then by interviewing a recent high school grade who has recently witnessed the high school system. To do this i interviewed by cousin, Zeniya Jalia who recently graduated high school. When I asked her about my genius hour research topic on technologie’s role in speech disability in K12 education she said that my school is doing nothing but letting counselors help students with speech disabilities at school.

I was shocked when I heard this response form my cousin because when  I was in K12 education, school used to assign students with speech disabilities like me a speech therapist that also did the job of counseling. She also said in her interview that she remembers my struggles in school with speech and hopes that Dr. Kingston, the counselor coordinator to improve the system to help facilitate students that stutter.

The next question that I asked her was what you would do differently to encourage group learning amoung students that stutter. She said that the best way to do so would be to require students to attend their speech class and increase knowledge of the problem among all chlildren. She said that students are not dumb and we can only blame them for a situation  if they have already been educated of it. I agreed with this statement of her. Talking to her gave me great hope for my further research . I hope to gain additional incite in to the matter with my next post.

Digging into the problem

This would be my third genius our post and yet I feel I am only on the surface of the problem. Of course I can not work towards ending this issue, however with some research and networking using social medias such as twitter I am able to find a potential long term solution with a short term insight. Beginning off my research I started looking on local school databases such as Galileo and yes, Wikipedia. However while searching on Galileo I found a particular article that I got star struck by. Even though this article does not show what we would act on to aid students with technology in assisting the problem, it helps us get a better picture of what students going through various speech disabilities may be going through. A link for this resource is provided below.

While finding sources like these are important in my mission towards understanding the problem. It does not help with solving the issue. As I did some additional “digging” I found possible technologies that may help students find it easier to communicate in class. A source that helped me a lot with this was Stuttering Electronics. I came across this article while surfing on Wikipedia, It talks about technology such as the Speech Sonica, which is used to smooth out words when reproduced through microphone, Even though some of these technology may be used in extreme cased among children, it is a great tool to have in my project. It feels great to realize that many sources such has the two I found (provided below) are in relation to my genius hour project.

I found that the more I dug deeper into research, the more I found a way to explain the problem I am researching. When I initially volunteered to take on a genius hour project about technology effects on speech impairment in schools, I was confused as to in that direction my project will take. However, i am now certain that now in the future, I am looking forward for many hope for change and technological advancements that I hope to post on my page in the coming future.

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Genius Hour: taking the first steps

As my previous posts states, my genius hour project is regarding the struggle of students in school that suffer from speech disorders such as stuttering. Stuttering in school kids is a theme that is barely talked about and is rare when mentioned amongst adults, however most people consider it as a simple bad habit in children that fades away as they get older. Even though I believe that this is not the case, I think technology that can assist with this is and should be very important.

While searching many different sources including the Flip Grid assignments from my colleagues in the course, I found that not many students had volunteered to choose a topic such as speech disability in schools. Now, I do not feel like this is a shocker. This is because not many students are aware of the issue, unless personally death with. When I was growing up many students would make fun of my disability as a joke and not as an actual problem. However a student names Olivia Jones is using speech as her theme in her Genius Hour Project. Because her project deals with speech in children, she may have some input to add to my topic. I tweeted her account a day back and hope fully in the days to come we will see many updates and fresh resources about my topic.

I am not only trying to use Flip Grid and other students in my class to help me gain further knowledge on my topic, but I am also using other professional and nonprofessional accounts to find a sense of renewal to my project. One of the most valuable sources of information was Second City Speech @Spkeffectively. The woman that runs this twitter use to be a former math and english teacher in elementary school but is now a speech counselor at her local middle school. She has an enemies amount of knowledge to share. She stated in one of her tweets that time it takes to say a speech is not remembered when the content is worth the wait. This statement adds light to many students with a struggle to complete sentences quickly

Finally in this week’s tasks we were assigned to help out on a twitter conversation, This job, in my opinion, was very difficult becuase I was new to twitter chat however as I began finding many interesting chats regarding changes with child disability in schools. Pt Chat was the source that I used the most to discuss to current school faculty about potential changes that should occur with speech impairment such as stuttering in kids and how equality inside of classroom can be maintained with this at hand. Chatting in this conversation with the hashtag #PtChat and #10assumptions game me the confidence that my genius hour project needed. I realized that there is an immense pool of knowledge waiting to be found.

Why I choose my Topic?

Hey Guys! For my first post on this blog I would like to discuss why I choose the topic of speech impairment technologies in education. The main reason for it was because of my own stuttering problem. Ever since I have been in elementary school, I have had a stammering problem that resulted in multiple situations in which I was not able to equally take part in all classroom activities such as reading out loud or presenting history projects to class. While growing I never thought about technologies use in reducing the stress of living with different forms of speech impairments. I believe that use of different types of technologies that we will discuss in this blog will not only benefit K12 education over time by increasing equality and productivity of those with speech problems but will also spark a form of hope for many suffering through the some of same stressors as me.

Who does this blog gear towards? Well, I believe that this blog gears towards mostly but not only students with a variety of speech of problems along with teachers and K12 and college level education. Teachers reading through this post and acting on it will help benefit the lives of these students. Both students and teachers can also spread the word of these advancements in current and future technology and work towards increasing budget of a particular institution. This is very important as an increased interest in the field will result in an increase of the use of of technology or method. This is why I believe that along with students and teachers, I think everyone should read and pass the word and its significance to others.

Finally, the initial resource which I will use to research various forms of technology assisting these student is the Stuttering Foundation <http://www.stutteringhelp.org/resources&gt;. This is because I have always been a fan of their numerous resources in availability for stuttering. I will also use twitter as a massive tool for communication and some accounts I like to follow are @gimpgirl and @disabledcanada . I will try to use hashtags such as #speechdisability and #speechequality. Both of which are currently trending on twitter with many important information.