Coming to Your Senses: Promoting Critical Thinking about Sensors through Playful Interaction in Classrooms

Susan Lechelt, Yvonne Rogers, Nicolai Marquardt

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Abstract

Learning through exploration is assumed to be a powerful way of introducing children to computer science concepts. However, it is uncertain how exploring physical computing toolkits can promote movement between conceptual knowledge and abstract reflection, and lead to critical thinking about technology. We investigated how children aged 9-11 years explored and reasoned about personal and environmental data sensors, using a playful exploration- based physical toolkit in their classroom. We report on the ways in which critical thinking about sensor accuracy and reliability developed through reflective dialogue and playful interaction, taking into account the support structures embedded in the classroom. Finally, we discuss strategies for designing exploration-based learning for classroom settings, to promote critical thinking about data sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC '20: Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference
PublisherACM
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7981-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Event2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jun 202024 Jun 2020
https://idc.acm.org/2020/

Conference

Conference2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC)
Abbreviated titleIDC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period17/06/2024/06/20
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