Designing éTui, a computational toy for learning reflection

Blat, Josep, Griffiths, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6863-2456, Millwood, Richard, Popat, Kris, Torres, Claudia and Wang, Weiya (2001) Designing éTui, a computational toy for learning reflection. In: 9th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 5 - 10 August 2001, New Orleans, USA. (Submitted)


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In this paper we report work in progress on éTui, a prototype of a computational educational toy meant to facilitate young children's reflection upon learning. The interface of this type of devices is quite nonstandard and two of its closely interrelated elements are appearance and behaviors. We describe their design and our results in the context of achieving the educational goal. The importance of appearance has been emphasized by Microsoft's researchers on ActiMates Barney (Strommen, 1998) and (Strommen & Alexander, 1999); and commercial successes such as Furby also demonstrate it. We discuss our approach to emotional engagement through characterization while seeking to minimize gender bias, and avoiding appearances, which are deceptive with respect to behavior. Our final design is a moving toy which has an insect-like appearance. We also describe how we have implemented our methodological approach which is co-design with the children. The movements of the toy are of the type of autonomous robots and we are exploring whether these autonomous behaviors provide a richer (or different) motivation for reflection upon learning, differing from more traditional approaches which follow Papert's work on Logo (Papert, 1980), and more recent and evolved robotics approaches such as, Lego Mindstorms (Martin, Mikhak, Resnick, Silverman, & Berg, 2000), Crickets...

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented at HCI International 2001 (the 9th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), New Orleans, USA, August 5-10, 2001.
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Educational Cybernetics
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:50
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 11:27

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