Expressive interactions: tablet usability for young mobile learners

Peta Wyeth*, Mitchell McEwan, Paul Roe, Ian MacColl

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the usability of tablets for students in middle school in the context of mobile environmental education. Our study focuses on the expressive qualities of three input methods - text, audio and drawing - and the extent to which these methods support on-task behaviour. In our study 28 small groups of children were given iPads and asked to record ecological observations from around their schoolyard. The effectiveness of the devices and their core utility for expressive, on-task data capture is assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2011
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages311-314
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450310901
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2011 - Canberra, ACT, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 20112 Dec 2011

Conference

Conference23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2011
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra, ACT
Period28/11/112/12/11

Keywords

  • design
  • educational technology
  • mobile learning

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