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Coming to your senses: promoting critical thinking about sensors through playful interaction in classrooms

Lechelt, S; Rogers, Y; Marquardt, N; (2020) Coming to your senses: promoting critical thinking about sensors through playful interaction in classrooms. In: IDC '20: Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference. (pp. pp. 11-22). ACM: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Learning through exploration is assumed to be a powerful way of introducing children to computer science concepts. However, it is uncertain how exploring physical computing toolkits can promote movement between conceptual knowledge and abstract reflection, and lead to critical thinking about technology. We investigated how children aged 9-11 years explored and reasoned about personal and environmental data sensors, using a playful exploration-based physical toolkit in their classroom. We report on the ways in which critical thinking about sensor accuracy and reliability developed through reflective dialogue and playful interaction, taking into account the support structures embedded in the classroom. Finally, we discuss strategies for designing exploration-based learning for classroom settings, to promote critical thinking about data sensing.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Coming to your senses: promoting critical thinking about sensors through playful interaction in classrooms
Event: IDC '20: The Interaction Design and Children Conference
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3392063.3394401
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3392063.3394401
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 > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103781
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