Evaluating digital tabletop collaborative writing in the classroom

Heslop, Philip, Preston, Anne, Kharrufa, Ahmed, Balaam, Madeline, Leat, David and Olivier, Patrick (2015) Evaluating digital tabletop collaborative writing in the classroom. In: INTERACT 2015 : Connection. Tradition. Innovation.; 14-18 Sep 2015, Bamberg, Germany.

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We present an evaluation of an “in the wild” classroom deployment of Co-located Collaborative Writing (CCW), an application for digital tabletops. CCW was adapted to the classroom setting across 8 SMART tables. Here, we describe the outcomes of the 6 week deployment with students aged 13–14, focussing on how CCW operated as a tool for learning within a classroom environment. We analyse video data and interaction logs to provide a group specific analysis in the classroom context. Using the group as the unit of analysis allows detailed tracking of the group’s development over time as part of scheme of work planned by a teacher for the classroom. Through successful integration of multiple tabletops into the classroom, we show how the design of CCW supports students in learning how to collaboratively plan a piece of persuasive writing, and allows teachers to monitor progress and process of students. The study shows how the nature and quality of collaborative interactions changed over time, with decision points bringing students together to collaborate, and how the role of CCW matured from a scaffolding mechanism for planning, to a tool for implementing planning. The study also showed how the teacher’s relationship with CCW changed, due to the designed visibility of groups’ activities, and how lesson plans became more integrated utilizing the flexibility of the technology. These are key aspects that can enhance the adoption of such technologies by both students and teachers in the classroom.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: INTERACT 2015 : Connection. Tradition. Innovation.
Organising Body: International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Human–Computer Interaction
Additional Information: This paper was published in INTERACT 2015, Part II, LNCS 9297, pp. 531–548. ISBN: 9783319226675
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres (until 2017) > Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)
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Depositing User: Anne Preston
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 09:24
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 09:24
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/36125

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