Georgia Tech inventors have developed a PHL method to teach the alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a finger or group of fingers. A pair of gloves with attached vibration motors is worn while the user engages in an unrelated activity. The gloves vibrate in sync with an audio track that repeats letters or words. After each letter is spoken the finger(s) that represent the letter is vibrated in the glove. The stimuli pattern repeats for a period of learning and turns on and off throughout the time spent wearing the gloves.
- Passive learning of the alphabet to facilitate learning of spelling patterns
- Does not require the user to pay active attention to learning, thus passive stimuli do not inhibit simultaneous performance in other tasks
- Lightweight and wearable system
- Can me modified to quickly and effectively teach typing on a Qwerty keyboard
- PHL paired with existing multi-sensory learning systems to augment learning of the alphabet and spelling.
- Students with learning disabilities and dyslexia
- QWERTY keyboard- ability to modify settings
Research has shown that multi-sensory and multi-modal teaching greatly benefit learning. Current multi-sensory systems for teaching the alphabet and spelling include practices such as air writing and writing letters in sand or shaving cream. However, tactile learning is often left out of curricula. Passive Haptic Learning (PHL) uses tactile stimulation to help users learn a new skill while focusing their attention on an unrelated task. Previous research has shown that PHL can be used to quickly and effectively teach text entry systems such as Braille and Morse code.