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The Literacy Fieldtrip: Using UbiComp to Support Children's Creative Writing

Halloran, John, Hornecker, Eva, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Weal, Mark J., Millard, David E., Michaelides, Danius T., Cruickshank, Don G. and De Roure, David C. (2006) The Literacy Fieldtrip: Using UbiComp to Support Children's Creative Writing At 5th International Conference for Interaction Design and Children, Finland. 07 - 09 Jun 2006. , pp. 17-24.

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Fieldtrips, traditionally associated with science, history and 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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Published date: 2006
Additional Information: Event Dates: June 07-09
Venue - Dates: 5th International Conference for Interaction Design and Children, Finland, 2006-06-07 - 2006-06-09
Keywords: Interaction design, ubiquitous computing, children, literacy skills, creative writing, qualitative study.
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:54

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Author: John Halloran
Author: Eva Hornecker
Author: Geraldine Fitzpatrick
Author: Mark J. Weal ORCID iD
Author: David E. Millard ORCID iD
Author: Danius T. Michaelides
Author: Don G. Cruickshank ORCID iD
Author: David C. De Roure ORCID iD

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