Interactive Multimodal Molecular Set – Designing Ludic Engaging Science Learning Content

Tine Pinholt Thorsen, Kasper Holm Bonde Christiansen, Kristian Jakobsen Sillesen, Torben Rosenørn, Eva Petersson

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This paper reports on an exploratory study investigating 10 primary school students’ interaction with an interactive multimodal molecular set fostering ludic engaging science learning content in primary schools (8th and 9th grade). The concept of the prototype design was to bridge the physical and virtual worlds with electronic tags and, through this, blend the familiarity of the computer and toys, to create a tool that provided a ludic approach to learning about atoms and molecules. The study was inspired by the participatory design and informant design methodologies and included design collaboratorium sessions, interviews and observations. The results indicated that bridging the physical and digital worlds can support learning where the affordances of the technologies can be described in terms of meaningful activity: exploration, reasoning, reflection, and ludic engagement. Here, the electronic tags facilitate the application and provide the students to articulate knowledge through different modes; images, gestures, and 3D objects
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge : 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona
Number of pages12
Publication dateJun 2014
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-07439-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-07440-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
EventHCII 2014: Human Computer Interaction - Crete, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014


ConferenceHCII 2014
CityCreta Maris, Heraklion
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


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