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Electronic Educational Blocks

Sumit Pandey's Tiblo Toy Helps Dyslexic Children Learn

— August 11, 2011 — Life-Stages
The Tiblo toy (Tangible Interactive Block) was created to help Dyslexic children become more adept with words, letters and phonemes by interlocking them physically like puzzle pieces. These modular electronic blocks facilitate the difficult and frustrating process of learning basic language and math skills through a fun and productive activity.

Designed by Sumit Pandey and Swati Srivastava, the Tiblo toy is able to record 10 seconds of audio, play it back and snap together with other blocks to form syntactical patterns based on the meaning the child has assigned to each block. Simple, yet clever, the Tiblo toy also features a grid-like surface that allows users to decorate with pictures, letters and pushpins to make the process even more understandable and meaningful.

The true beauty of the Tiblo toy is that it will be seen as a toy first and foremost by children, and a learning aid second.
Trend Themes
1. Modular Educational Toys - Tiblo has shown the potential for educational toys which combine tangible objects and electronics for more immersive education.
2. Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities - Tiblo can pave the way for more assistive technologies which aid children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
3. Interactive Language Learning - Tiblo has demonstrated that interactive language learning is an effective way for young children to learn language and phonemes.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - Toy manufacturers can incorporate electronics and interactive features in traditional toys to appeal more to the younger generation.
2. Education Technology (edtech) - Tiblo represents a disruptive innovation in EdTech, and can be used to improve the learning outcomes of children at schools.
3. Special Education - Tiblo can be particularly helpful in special education classrooms, where teachers are constantly looking for new and engaging ways to teach children with learning disabilities.
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