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.

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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.