|Tool Factory Brings New Musical Instrument for Special Needs Learners to the US
Posted by Jon Gallup at 01:36:21 PM Wed 04/06/2011
Sunderland, VT, April 5, 2011 - On Saturday, April 9th, Tool Factory will unveil the Skoog to thousands of educators and school board members at the NSBA Annual Conference. Developed in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, the Skoog is a soft, squeezable instrument designed specifically for special needs learners that plugs directly into a computer's USB port. Dr. Benjaman Schogler, co-creator of the Skoog, will join Tool Factory in booth 1511 and in room 300 for several of their hands-on seminars.
The Skoog has five touch sensitive color-coded surfaces, which give users the ability to play and control five different notes at a time. The software makes use of this color-coding to make the Skoog easy to navigate and control. Learners can choose from a range of instruments, including brass, woodwind, percussion and strings.
"Based on the success that educators in the UK are having with Skoogmusic technology, we're thrilled to be the ones to bring this innovative new instrument to the States," said Kendra Ericson, Tool Factory's Director of Educational Services. "Because the Skoog software can be customized to the needs of the individual, it opens up a world of potential for learners unable to play traditional instruments. We're also honored to have Dr. Schogler join us at the conference; it's a wonderful opportunity for educators to get their hands on a Skoog and learn directly from the creator himself."
"Tool Factory's dedication to inclusive teaching made them a perfect fit for the Skoog, and I'm looking forward to meeting US educators at NSBA Annual and introducing them to Skoogmusic's tactile technology," said Dr. Schogler.
The Skoog enables learners to experience and play musical sounds for themselves, and it is suitable for MLD, SLD, PMLD, children with global delay, genetic conditions such as Downs Syndrome, sensory impairments, physical/mental problems, behavioral issues and those on the autism spectrum.
For more information on the Skoog, visit the Tool Factory website at http://www.toolfactory.com/.
Item # 5014
Educational Institution Price: $899.00
Skoogmusic is dedicated to doing fun, accessible, novel and musical things with technology for both children and adults. Skoogmusic's products are suitable for mainstream education and those with special needs. The company was formed in July 2009 by David Skulina and Ben Schogler with the invaluable support of friends and colleagues from NESTA, the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Unit. The company received investment in early 2010 from Barwell PLC, Daedalus Capital and the Scottish Enterprise Co-investment Fund.
For more information, videos, news and more see: http://skoogmusic.com/
About Tool Factory
Tool Factory is a leader in innovative educational technology and staff development solutions. Tool Factory's mission is to improve US education by providing superior educational software, hardware, staff development options, and an impressive lineup of special education products. The extensive online catalog offers a host of resources to reinvigorate any learning environment. Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory staff in testing products to ensure that they are easy to navigate, fun to use, and beneficial to the learning process. For more information go to http://www.toolfactory.com.
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Tags: Skoog, Special Needs