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.




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.