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Multimedia-Enabled Dot Codes Supporting Students With Disabilities

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Shinya Abe  
Dr. Jenn Gallup  
Dr. Shigeru Ikuta  
Rina Shinjyo  

Learn about multimedia-enabled dot codes that when touched with a speaking-pen or dot-code reader enable users to directly access the corresponding digital information. Learn how to create teaching materials and various activities performed using innovative technology that can be immediately applied to teaching.

Audience: Professional developers, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: I will upload the WEB site to download the software and contents soon.
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Each and every student has individual educational goals, hopes, and needs, as a result of their history of learning. Therefore, schoolteachers ideally should develop original independent content which is suitable for each student. Given the challenges of doing so, easy-to-handle and less-costly software and hardware solutions are crucial to schoolteachers.
The presenters describe the recent development of the state-of-the-art multimedia-enabled dot-code technology and basic information regarding the creation of original self-made teaching materials using newly developed software, and describe their wonderful use of newly developed tools like a speaking-pen and a dot-code reader with a Bluetooth functionality, performed at the schools for special-needs education.
Through the hands-on activity, the presenters provide attendees with the know-how to create self-made teaching materials; the attendees can also acquire the hints with which they can perform school activities for the students in their classes.
One of the presenters, Dr. Shigeru Ikuta is willing to pass the newly developed software packages and tools to the attendees for free.


1. (5 min.) Describe the outline of the multimedia-enabled dot code technology.
2. (10 min.) Introduce the created contents and school activities performed by the schoolteachers in Japan, Oman, and the United States.
3. (10 min.) Introduce the newly developed four software packages in creating self-made original teaching materials.
4. (10 min.) Hands-on activities to create a self-made content for a speaking-pen.
5. (10 min.) Hands-on activities to create a self-made content for a dot-code reader that can replay multimedia like movies, photos, music, and WEB pages on iOS devices.
6. (15 min.) Q & A.

Supporting research

1. Ikuta, S. (Editor). (2020). Handbook of Research on Software for Gifted and Talented School Activities in K-12 Classrooms (p. 1-448). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
2. Ikuta, S. (Editor). (2019). Handmade Teaching Materials for Students With Disabilities (p. 1-396). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
3. Ikuta, S., Urushihata, C., Saotome, N. & Abe, S. (2020). School Activities for Disabled Students Using Self-Made Contents With Multimedia-Enabled Dot Codes. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1990-1999).
4. Ikuta, S., Tamai, Y., Odaka, M., Nakazawa, Y., Sato, M., Mitamura, R., Akiyoshi, T. & Abe, S. (2020). University Students - Schoolteachers Partnership With Newly Developed Technologies. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1746-1750).
5. https://www.igi-global.com/affiliate/shigeru-ikuta/238683

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Shinya Abe, Gridmark Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Jenn Gallup, Idaho State University
Dr. Shigeru Ikuta, Otsuma Womens University
Rina Shinjyo, Special Needs Education School for the Mentally Challenged at Otsuka, University of Tsukuba

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