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      Bringing Tabletop Technologies to Kindergarten Children

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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Tangible, Children, Tabletop, User Center Design, Input Devices, Interaction Design, Autonomous Agents, Game, Learning, Augmented reality

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          Taking computer technology away from the desktop and into a more physical, manipulative space, is known that provide many benefits and is generally considered to result in a system that is easier to learn and more natural to use. This paper describes a design solution that allows kindergarten children to take the benefits of the new pedagogical possibilities that tangible interaction and tabletop technologies offer for manipulative learning. After analysis of children’s cognitive and psychomotor skills, we have designed and tuned a prototype game that is suitable for children aged 3 to 4 years old. Our prototype uniquely combines low cost tangible interaction and tabletop technology with tutored learning. The design has been based on the observation of children using the technology, letting them freely play with the application during three play sessions. These observational sessions informed the design decisions for the game whilst also confirming the children’s enjoyment of the prototype.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2009
                September 2009
                : 103-111
                Affiliations
                Baldassarri

                Advanced Computer Graphics Group (GIGA)

                Computer Science Department, Engineering

                Research Institute of Aragon (I3A)

                University of Zaragoza, Spain
                Child-Computer Interaction (ChiCI) Group

                Department of Computing

                University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2009.12
                © Javier Marco et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
                HCI
                Churchill College Cambridge, UK
                1 - 5 September 2009
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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