Fakri Othman


Using Computer Animation Technique to Assist the Teaching of Handwriting to Children with Dyspraxia
Supervisors: Dr. Wendy Keay-Bright, Dr. Stephen Thompson, Prof. Clive Cazeaux
Research group: CARIAD

I have proposed a method to assist children with dyspraxia to improve their handwriting skills. I have chosen an animation technique called ‘Rotoscopy’, a method that normally been used in animation and film production and adapted it to Rotoscopy pre-writing prototypes using the interactive whiteboard (IWB) as interaction device. The motivation of this research is to discover how efficient if Rotoscopy is used beyond its normal purposes? Does it give benefits in terms of behavioural and motivational aspect rather than commercial and profit point of view?

Implementation of the prototypes has taken place through series of workshops with a teacher and a group of children with handwriting difficulties at a special education school in Caerphilly, Cardiff. In the workshops children were given pre-writing activities in two different environments. They have been trained to use Rotoscopy pre-writing prototypes and IWB as well as using pen and paper. Their activities and action has been observed and recorded using video camera.

Evaluation method is based-on video analysis of children’s pre-writing result, time to complete the task and their reaction and motivation during the process. It was learnt that majority of children who used Rotoscopy pre-writing prototypes and IWB have produced better results in terms of accuracy of the drawing as well as time to finish the task. Furthermore the children are more motivated to use the prototypes and IWB compared to pen and paper activity. The study’s contribution involves offering a new way to improve children’s handwriting skills using computer system and IWB.