The future of of ‘intelligent content experiences’ , “new media” , interactive technologies – sounds fantastical and even unnerving but it is already leading to a situation where the lines between ‘producer’ and ‘audience’ are increasingly blurring across platforms of exchange and connection. Inclusion design when applied to new collective analysis of users has the power to define solutions to masses that will be usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.
Experience Designer, Swapna Joshi at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program decided to use this philosophy and design interactive educational tools as her thesis project.
Her mother conducts professional science classes for a competitive exam in India . She teaches 6th and 9th students and expressed her difficulty in helping students visualize various chemistry concepts.
Swapna designed a series of speculations to design Interactive learning tools that will make learning fun and easy for these children and teaching chemistry concepts would no longer be time consuming for the teachers.
What I love the most about these speculations is that these interactive tools can be used by all students irrespective of their age, ability and status in life. The unexpected format encourages interactive group activities and makes the kids understand the chemistry concepts better. The project is also meant to keep the kids on the cutting edge as the face of science is evolving rapidly
This project includes few among the following topics – Structure of atom , physical and chemical changes, curdling of milk on a molecular level, rusting of iron, stereochemistry, chemical reactions, periodic table, chemical bonds. She plans to continue her series of speculations and come up with innovative learning tools for all the mentioned topics in depth.
To all the designers and creative technologists reading this review – always remember that the real world contradictions arise between reaching numbers and reaching people, that is reaching larger number of people in quicker and less intensive ways and reaching smaller groups of people in slower and more extensive ways.