Because all children should have access to culture and knowledge, whatever their initial skill level is;
Because new technologies offer real opportunities to improve learning processes and to renew mediation types;
Because everyone understands gestures and images ;
Because handicap can be a source of innovation for all...
Museo is for anyone who is convinced that tools have to be adapted to children, not the contrary.
What is Museo ?
Museo is a multi-media concept aiming at facilitating access to cultural contents for children from 8 to 12. It offers an innovative visual pedagogy based on the French Sign Language (LSF), and induces a questioning on the various ways to access knowledge through information and communication technologies (ICT).
The Museo experiment combines different techniques (multi-touch, touchless, 3D...) and social innovative uses through a didactic method based on a visual approach.
The first version of Museo, tested in the quai Branly Museum (Paris), associates the Ipad visit of the collections with two activities, one on a tactile multitouch screen and the other with a system of gesture recogition in the workshops.
Knowledge transmission takes place through the visual canal : Sign Language and gesture. Animation, toons, drawings, off-screen voices and subtitles lead to accessibility for all.
What is the secret ?
The originality of this project relies on the team structure and work methodology.
Accessibility is not dealt with as a final-step question in the production process, with a simple translation of contents to Sign Language but as our initial reference point in the conception. We work with professional software developers for the technical part and with a scientific referee for the contents.
No project without partnership.
Our first experiment took place thanks to the support of the Vivendi's « Create Joy » programme and to the French Ministry of Culture and Communication's « Services numériques culturels innovants » 2010 programme (Laureate of the call for projects 2010). The quai Branly Museum welcomed the project and put its ressources at our disposal for it to be successful.
No innovation without evaluation.
A partnership has been set up with the Sciences of Communication laboratory of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis to enable us to show how adapted multi-media documents give back access to cognitive acquisitions previously inaccessible to specific publics (deaf people in particular) ; it leads to their rehabilitation in a social community with a common culture.
Evaluation is based on 3 indicators: learning urge, understanding and sharing. The first results of this study will be available in 2011.