Scholastic Highlights Our TouchSmart Project

Scholastic Highlights Our TouchSmart Project

Digital Scribbler Inc. was born from an experimental project in partnership with Hope Technology School.  This project utilized the HP TouchSmart in an early effort to leverage multi-touch computing in the classroom.  Scholastic recently highlighted this project here.  The original case study can be found here.

We leveraged our experiences with the TouchSmart to begin developing touch computing ideas for the future.  One of those ideas was to develop Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) software.  We decided to focus on this idea, because, in our opinion, the community of autistic children and adults with verbal challenges was underserved.

The early work with the TouchSmart produced a company named Digital Scribbler Inc., and software called Quick Talk.  You can learn more about the Quick Talk story here.

As a parent of special needs children, my wife and I learned a great from these experiences.  Most important is the value of innovation.  Innovation turns can’t into can, and allows us to discover hidden solutions to overwhelming challenges.

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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