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Innovative Interfaces  Within Reach Educational Media Access & Production (EMAP) ‏ TLt Conference, May 2008 Mr. Dave Trottier Mr. Jordan Epp Ms . Carrie Gates Where are we? Where are we going? Mobile - Cell Phones Mobility revisioned - iPod Touch Video Game Systems - DS

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Innovative Interfaces Within Reach

Educational Media Access & Production (EMAP)‏

TLt Conference, May 2008

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Mr. Dave Trottier

Mr. Jordan Epp

Ms. Carrie Gates

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Where are we?Where are we going?

Mobile - Cell Phones

Mobility revisioned - iPod Touch

Video Game Systems - DS

Haptic Input Devices - Wii

Biometrics - EEG

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Not just voice anymore

Ubiquitous Mobile Communications device

Audio / Video device

playback / recording / collection

Data / Web gateway

mLearning, Geomatics

Saskatchewan: Land Line 95.5% / Cell Phone 67.9% Canada: Land Line 90.5% / Cell Phone 66.8%

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What’s being done- SMS texting

Text messaging –

Mobile notes –

Surveys –

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What’s being done- Audio

Podcasting –

interviews, debates

sound clip collection, field trip

audiobooks, language skills/ESL

practice speech presentations

poetry slams, ringtone poetry slams

assessment, assignments

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What is being done- Video

Photoblogging –

Video posting –, (these two allow editing),

Documentary work

school news

digital storybooks

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What is being done- Geomatics

Marriage of all previous

Built in GPS or cellphone triangulation


Behaviour and context

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Data collection tool

Organizational tool

Automated publication to the web


Screen Size

Texting as cheating, distraction, prohibited in schools

Time required to learn and teach

Variety of input devices, so applications must be general

Not everyone has one

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iPod Touch Interface

OSX 1.0

400mhz processor


8, 16, or 32GB

USB 2.0

802.11b/g WiFi

Multi-touch display


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iPhone Remote


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Touchpad Pro

3rd Party Application

iPod Touch must be “jailbroken” to install

Brings multi-touch capabilities to any mac

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Abilene Christian University

All freshmen will be provided an iPod Touch

ACU mobile web-app

Schedules, registration, calendars, to-do lists all accessible

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Nintendo DS

Dual Screen Video Game Platform with touch interface (stylus or fingers)‏

Built in microphone (speech recognition)‏

stereo audio

Repurposed as a small computer through freeware and open source modification

IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless communications

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Nintendo DSWhat is being done?

70,600,000 units sold as of 03.31.2008


Schools in Scotland and Japan

“Homebrew” is being used to make the system a small computer – flashcard comparison

tour guide Disneyland and Museums, enhanced events

Rumble pack, Camera, Accelerometer add ons

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Nintendo DS


  • Actively seek out other ds

  • Plays video games old and new

  • Pictochat Disadvantages

  • Pictochat

  • Proprietary

  • Small screens

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  • Bluetooth

  • IR camera

  • Accelerometer

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EEG stands for electroencephalography

Measures brainwave activity in left and right sides of the prefrontal cortex


IBVA model is inexpensive and easy to set up

Early research stages

Exciting prospects

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Types of Brainwaves Measured by EEG

Image courtesy of IBVA

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Luciana Haill’s EEG musical compositions


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Clinical uses

Brain activity studies

Epilepsy testing

Prosthetics control

Monitoring anesthetic effects

Behavioural research (ADD, ADHD)‏


Sleep Studies

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What else is being done?

Gaming Interface

Sports training

Interactive art

Music Composition

Meditation and Relaxation

Self Awareness and Personal Development

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How could this be used in education?

Teaching focus and mental alertness

Stress therapy

Non-competitive team building skills

Visual art and music

Sports training

Interface for differently abled students

Photoreading research

Virtual presence enhancement

Open research question

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Realtime feedback of brain activity

Teaches self control, concentration, focus

Gives greater insight into the self and mental processes

Excellent training for study, relaxation, and concentration

Inspires creativity

Many possibilities for discovery and innovation

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Delicate equipment

Starting price is $1700 per unit

Specialized programming knowledge (Max/MSP/Jitter and IBVA)‏

Few educational programs offered yet

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3 Things to look up



EEG Games

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Thank you !

Educational Media Access and Production (EMAP)‏

University of Saskatchewan

Room 25 Education Bldg.

28 Campus Drive

Saskatoon SK S7N 0X1

Phone: 966-2500