Learning Extended Writing: Designing for Children's Collaboration

Philip Heslop, Ahmed Kharrufa, Madeline Balaam, David Leat, Paul Dolan, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract / Description of output

We describe the learner-centered design of an application for collocated collaborative writing on digital tabletops. Learning writing is an activity that is traditionally undertaken as a non-collaborative, non-visuospatial activity. We demonstrate how framing writing as a visuospatial manipulation of elements of writing sub-tasks can promote collaboration. While collaborative visuospatial activities lend themselves to digital tabletops in particular, not all activities naturally translate into such tasks. Our application allows for (or supports) writing as a collaborative task, as well as providing a platform for students to learn extended writing. We describe the mapping between the design principles used, and the pedagogical and thinking theories that are incorporated into the design. The design is described at each iteration, including the associated user studies, and we conclude with a discussion of more widely applicable design implications. This research shows how traditional non-collaborative learning activities can, using visuospatial representations, be reconfigured as collocated collaborative learning activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Print)9781450319188
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2013
Event12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children - New York, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 201327 Jun 2013


Conference12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Abbreviated titleIDC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • collaboration
  • digital tabletops
  • distributed cognition


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