Abrahamson, D. (2023). Almost in our grasp: The (slow) digital return of multimodal educational resources [Commentary].

In T. Veloz, & R. Videla, & A. Riegler (Eds.), Education in the 21st century [Special issue]. Constructivist Foundations, 18(2), 202–206.

ABSTRACT: Whereas I empathize with Penny’s grave concern over current modalist instructional technology – “modalist” in the sense of privileging one modality, predominantly vision, at the expense of all others – I do not quite share his bleak assessment of future offerings. Following some hopefully inspiring words from historical philosophers of education, I showcase the Quad, a haptic–tactile mechatronic device built by three US-based laboratories collaborating to create modally expansive learning tools for classrooms that are inclusive of sensorially diverse students. While the Quad is “digital” in the familiar computational sense, it is at once “digital” in the corporeal sense of evoking the fingers – it reintroduces mutimodal engagement into mathematics learning.

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