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Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children

Dylan, T; Wood, G; Durrant, AC; Vines, J; Torres, PE; Ulrich, PIN; Cukurova, M; ... Lawson, SW; + view all (2020) Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children. In: Bernhaupt, R and Mueller, FF and Verweij, D and Andres, J and McGrenere, J and Cockburn, A and Avellino, I and Goguey, A and Bjøn, P and Zhao, S and Samson, BP and Kocielnik, R, (eds.) Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 1-12). ACM: Association for Computing Machinery: Honolulu, HI, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

We describe a Research-through-Design (RtD) project that explores the Internet of Things (IoT) as a resource for children's free play outdoors. Based on initial insights from a design ethnography, we developed four RtD prototypes for social play in different scenarios of use outdoors, including congregating on a street or in a park to play physical games with IoT. We observed these prototypes in use by children in their free play in two community settings, and report on the qualitative analysis of our fieldwork. Our findings highlight the designs' material qualities that encouraged social and physical play under certain conditions, suggesting social affordances that are central to the success of IoT designs for free play outdoors. We provide directions for future research that addresses the challenges faced when deploying IoT with children, contributing new considerations for interaction design with children in outdoor settings and free play contexts.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children
Event: CHI '20: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-6708-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376302
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376302
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.
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/10098934
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