Designing New Technologies for Children

Thursday June 17th, 1999

a Workshop preceeding the
16th Annual HCIL Symposium & Open House

Organized by Allison Druin

New processes for designing advanced technologies for children are emerging. We will discuss the role of children in this process, the importance of interdisciplinary partners, and the complexities of technology evaluation. Workshop participants will be asked to share their past experiences and examples from the University of Maryland will be presented.

Workshop Goals
To offer an exchange of ideas and practices between
university researchers and industry professionals
To identify issues that are critical to this emerging field
To better understand the design processes that are being used today
to research and develop new technologies for children

Expected Activities
Welcome/Introductions (Allison Druin)

Framework for Discussion (Allison Druin)
-Role of the child in the technology design process
-Role of the child as learner
-Role of technology in learning environments
-Role of new technologies for learners

Sharing Approaches & Experiences (All)
-Workshop participants discuss their experiences
(10 min.per participant)


Issues Going Forward (Allison Druin)
-Complexities of working with children
-The changing landscape of industry
-Funding sources/ resource allocation
-Conducting Research in the culture of K-12 schools
-Developing new technologies vs.evaluating existing ones

Subgroup Discussions (All)
The issues above (with possible additions from workshop participants) will be discussed in groups
of 3-4 participants: 1 issue per group will be focused on

Workshop Summary
-Subgroup reports
-Future workshop/conference/publication possibilities

This workshop is for university researchers and industry professionals focusing on the design of new technologies for children.  Some experience in this field is necessary for particpation, since a portion of the workshop day will be devoted to sharing approaches and experiences

Registration Requirements
A maximum of 15 workshop participants will be accepted on a a first-come-first-serve basis.
In addition to the workshop fees and forms participants are asked to submit via email
1-2 paragraphs briefly describing their work in developing new technologies for children.  These briefs will be incorporated into the workshop materials given to all participants.

Please note: You are not fully registered
unless both your workshop fee and email brief have been submitted.

Workshop Materials
All workshop participants will receive the following:

Summary of all participant briefs
Copy of all slides presented
3 recent papers from the University of Maryland

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