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Designing for Digital Playing Out

Wood, G; Dylan, T; Durrant, A; Torres, PE; Ulrich, P; Carr, A; Cukurova, M; ... Lawson, S; + view all (2019) Designing for Digital Playing Out. In: Proceedings of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19). ACM, New York, USA: New York. Green open access

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Abstract

We report on a design-led study in the UK that aimed to understand barriers to children (aged 5 to 14 years) ‘playing out’ in their neighbourhood and explore the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for supporting children’s free play that extends outdoors. The study forms a design ethnography, combining observational fieldwork with design prototyping and co-creative activities across four linked workshops, where we used BBC micro:bit devices to co-create new IoT designs with the participating children. Our collective account contributes new insights about the physical and interactive features of micro:bits that shaped play, gameplay, and social interaction in the workshops, illuminating an emerging design space for supporting ‘digital playing out’ that is grounded in empirical instances. We highlight opportunities for designing for digital playing out in ways that promote social negotiation, supports varying participation, allows for integrating cultural influences, and accounts for the weaving together of placemaking and play.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Designing for Digital Playing Out
Event: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), 4-9 May 2019, Glasgow, UK
Location: Glasgow, UK
Dates: 04 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5970-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300909
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300909
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: children, outdoor play, open-ended play, pervasive play, internet of things, digital playing out
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075442
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