Health technology providing a quality of life in our everyday lives

Objective:

Technology is an important factor for everybody, just think of smartphones, computers, tablets, internet and so on. We live in a society where we, in our everyday lives, surround ourselves with technology and innovative thoughts, to such an extent, that we no longer think about it. At least not until we experience loss of technology!

Most of us have probably at some point lost a phone or something like that. We experience a short-term loss of our social network, but we can get a new phone reasonably quickly.  We can recreate our contact list, and maybe we even get a newer, better phone. A loss has become a kind of a “win” instead.

For some people though, technology is so important, that they would not be able to cope without it! People with disabilities would lose a way to communicate with their surroundings, possibly even lose what little movement they have left.

In this lesson plan, we’ll try to examine if we can work with some of the challenges faced by people suffering from a physical disability e.g. paralysed from an accident, suffering from muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or other kinds of disabilities.

During the lesson plan, the pupils will both be working alone and in close cooperation with each other to solve the tasks. It will also be required of the pupils to come up with innovative solutions to solve the tasks.

Planning

  • Fable joint
  • Fable Spin
  • Computer with Fable Blockly installed
  • Different tools for Fable
  • Table tennis ball
  • Smartphone
  • Stylus pen
  • Tools for drawing and measuring

As a prelude to the lesson plan, you can choose to watch one or both of the YouTube videos Learning to Walk at Age 18 (Life with Cerebral Palsy) or I got 99 problems… palsy is just one | Maysoon Zayid as an introduction to some of the challenges people with disabilities face. You can also use the videos in the middle of the project as a way of challenging the pupils’ perception of the problem, so that they have to rethink their programs and products, and maybe give them another function.

If you choose to start with industrial robots and that type of technology, it would be a good idea to look at the lesson plan for triangles, and use that as your starting point.

Learning goals regarding programming
The pupil can create sequential programs, that can accomplish simple objectives.

The pupil understands that programs are executed by following simple, exact, and precise instructions.

Evaluation

Throughout the lesson plan there will be ongoing evaluation. The pupils give feedback at the presentations, but a lot of the feedback should be in the form of input, that the pupils can use, when they continue their work.

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