Group Spinner : recognizing and visualizing learning in the classroom for reflection, communication, and planning

Kharrufa, Ahmed, Rix, Sally, Osadchiy, Timur, Preston, Anne and Oliver, Patrick (2017) Group Spinner : recognizing and visualizing learning in the classroom for reflection, communication, and planning. In: ACM CHI 2017; 06-11 May 2017, Denver, U.S.A..

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Group Spinner is a digital visual tool intended to help teachers observe and reflect on children’s collaborative technology-enhanced learning activities in the classroom. We describe the design of Group Spinner, which was informed by activity theory, previous work and teachers’ focus group feedback. Based on a radar chart and a set of indicators, Group Spinner allows teachers to record in-class observations as to different aspects of group learning and learning behaviors, beyond the limited knowledge acquisition measures. Our exploratory study involved 6 teachers who used the tool for a total of 23 classes in subjects ranging from Maths and Geography to Sociology and Art. Semi-structured interviews with these teachers revealed a number of different uses of the tool. Depending on their experience and pedagogy, teachers considered Group Spinner to be a valuable tool to support awareness, reflection, communication, and/or planning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: ACM CHI 2017
Organising Body: Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
Additional Information: This work was funded by EPSRC awards EP/M023001/1. This paper was published in CHI 2017, ACM 978-1-4503-4655-9/17/05, pp.5556-5567.
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: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 08:48
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 08:48

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