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Special Issue of JPUC to appear with article on MTAGIC project!

An upcoming special issue of the Springer Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (JPUC) on Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology (EIST) will include an article on the MTAGIC project! This article, entitled “Designing Smarter Touch-Based Interfaces for Educational Contexts,” is an extension of our CHI 2012 EIST workshop paper. We report our foundational studies investigating children’s touch and gesture input patterns, and how they differ from adults, with some discussion of how these findings will impact the design and development of educational apps for touchscreen devices. Here is the abstract:

In next-generation classrooms and educational environments, interactive technologies such as surface computing, natural gesture interfaces, and mobile devices will enable new means of motivating and engaging students in active learning. Our foundational studies provide a corpus of over 10,000 touch interactions and nearly 7,000 gestures collected from nearly 70 adults and children ages 7 years old and up,  that can help us understand the characteristics of children’s interactions in these modalities and how they differ from adults. Based on these data, we identify key design and implementation challenges of supporting children’s touch and gesture interactions, and we suggest ways to address them. For example, we find children have more trouble successfully acquiring onscreen targets and having their gestures recognized than do adults, especially the youngest age group (7 to 10 years old). The contributions of this work provide a foundation that enables touch-based interactive educational apps that increase student success.

I’ll add a post when this special issue is officially published. For now, if you’re interested, you can check out the camera-ready version.

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CHI EIST 2012 talk posted!

Last month, my colleague Quincy Brown and I presented our project on Mobile Touch and Gesture Interaction for Children (MTAGIC) at the CHI 2012 EIST workshop. We gave an overview of the work we’ve done so far and a little preview of what we plan to do next. The slides for the talk are posted here. See the EIST 2012 program for all the papers and talks.

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CHI EIST workshop paper accepted!

My colleague Quincy Brown and I had a paper accepted to the CHI 2012 workshop on Educational Interfaces, Software and Technology (EIST), titled “Toward Comparing the Touchscreen Interaction Patterns of Kids and Adults.” Our paper presented analysis on differences we have found between children and adults in the ways that they use touch and gesture interaction, including challenges of touch target acquisition and gesture generation. The long-term goal of this work is to design and develop interactions that are more successful for children by taking into account these inherent differences. Here is the abstract:

Touchscreen interactions are increasingly more commonplace with the mainstream adoption of devices like the iPad and iPhone. Kids are using their parents’ devices for entertainment, learning, and discovery, but the interactions have not always been designed with kids in mind. In this paper we discuss the results of our explorations of differences between children and adults on a dataset of touch- and gesture-based interactions. We find evidence for significant differences and discuss how these can be considered in design.

The camera-ready version of the paper is located here.

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