TouchSmart Publishing to Present Touch User Interface (TUI) Technology for Education at AACE Conference

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TouchSmart Publishing LLC is presenting a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Conference in Washington, D.C. regarding the Touch User Interface (TUI) technology for education.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 1, 2004 – TouchSmart Publishing LLC, today announced it is presenting a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Conference in Washington, D.C.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202 USA, telephone 703.418.1234, Room 7.

When: 430pm EST, November 3rd, 2004.

Jason Barkeloo, President and founder of TouchSmart Publishing will present “Connecting to Digital Content Through Textbooks: Introducing the Touch User Interface (TUI) Textbook that Bridges the Digital Divide.”

This paper and demonstration will attempt to show how the TUI may bridge the digital disconnect as described by Doug Levin and Sousan Arafeh in “The Digital Disconnect: The widening gap between Internet-savvy students and their schools” (2002).

Barkeloo says that “the five primary reasons for the digital disconnect as articulated by Levin and Arafeh may be overcome with this technology. This paper and demonstration will attempt to show the digital divide bridging effect of the TUI.”

The discussion and presentation will show the promise of decreasing the cost of textbooks while inversely increasing the amount of content. The TUI can connect multiple learning styles and disabilities to digital content that is warehoused on optical media as well as hard-drives. The TUI turns the textbook into a remote control.

According to Barkeloo, “the E-Learn Conference is one of the finest international electronic learning forums with over seventy countries represented and more than a thousand participants. I am excited that we were selected to demonstrate and discuss the touch user interface (TUI) technology.” He added, “This technology may well meet many of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) mandates.”

Co-author and TouchSmart Publishing co-founder, Kathleen MacMahon, DVM claims, “Many more students may educationally benefit as a result of this technology. Presenting science educational content by pressing pictures and words in a textbook brings a new meaning to ‘let your fingers do the walking’. When I taught college-level biology and anatomy and physiology I think the students would have benefited from a multi-sensory presentation approach. Dr. MacMahon finished by saying that “Reading about the four-chambered heart is taken to a new level when the student can press the picture of the cardiac muscle in the book and it is presented as a audio/video on a monitor or television.”

Barkeloo continued that, “Dr. MacMahon is a world-class researcher. I am pleased that she has chosen to be involved with this endeavor to make delivery of educational content more effective and efficient for students, especially those with special needs or socioeconomic disadvantages.” Barkeloo concluded “as Dr. MacMahon indicated, presenting an audio/video clip on the screen directly from the textbook has promise to make learning more exciting. When you consider that Braille imprint on the pages can lead to auditory-only content for those students with visual impairments, or that the audio/video can be complete with sub-captions or American Sign Language for those with auditory impairments, I am excited about the prospect of this technology bridging the digital divide.”

For further information, please contact TouchSmart Publishing at 513.225.8765 or visit TouchSmart's website at

About TouchSmart Publishing, LLC.

TouchSmart Publishing is a developmental-stage company poised to distribute touch-sensitive wireless textbooks to K-12 math, science, and special education needs students. The Company's mission is to create and distribute exciting and easy-to-use interactive textbooks that connect to digital content by using touch user interface (TUI) technology that allows a student to touch pages in a book that wireless connect to digital content.

TouchSmart Publishing expects to be a bridge over the digital divide for more students, regardless of learning style, special needs or socioeconomic position, than are currently connected. As a result, TouchSmart Publishing is the only complete No Child Left Behind (NCLB) solution poised to meet the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

TouchSmart Publishing is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Main Street Ventures company,

For more information, please visit the TouchSmart Publishing web site at

About the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), E-Learn Conference

E-Learn 2004 -- World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning.

This annual conference serves as a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in the Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors. Over 1,000 participants from 70 Countries attend.

For more information, please visit the AACE website at


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Jason Barkeloo, 513.225.8765

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