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The literacy fieldtrip: using UbiComp to support children's creative writing

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posted on 2023-06-07, 13:21 authored by John Halloran, Eva Hornecker, Mark Weal, Geraldine Ann Fitzpatrick, David Millard, Danius Michaelides, Don Cruickshank, David De Roure
Geography teaching, have long been used to support children’s learning by allowing them to engage with environments first-hand. Recently, ubiquitous computing (UbiComp) has been used to enhance fieldtrips in these educational areas by augmenting environments with a range of instruments, devices and sensors. However, the sorts of interaction design that UbiComp makes possible have the potential not just to enhance the value of educational techniques in known application areas, but also to expand the application of those techniques into new areas of curriculum. We report on a UbiComp-supported fieldtrip to support creative writing, associated with the learning of literacy skills. We discuss how the fieldtrip, designed and run in the grounds of a historic English country house with Year 5 UK schoolchildren, engendered interactions which changed both the processes and products of creative writing, with benefits for both teachers and children.


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Proceedings of 5th International Conference for Interaction Design and Children

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Tampere, Finland

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