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groupChildren as Design Partners: An Introduction

Introduction

Making technology for kids without working directly with them, "is like making clothes for someone you don’t know the size of."
- Thomas

At the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland we believe that children should have a voice in making new technology for kids. Children's ideas need to be heard throughout the entire technology design process. Therefore, in 1998 we began a unique technology design team.  Seven children, ages seven to eleven, join with researchers from computer science, education, art, robotics, and other disciplines, twice a week. Together we have become an intergenerational, interdisciplinary design team.  The team pursues projects, writes papers and creates new technologies.

We have a chance to change technology, but more importantly we have a chance to change the life of a child. Every time a new technology enables a child to do something they never dreamed of, there are new possibilities for the future.

Dr. Allison Druin
Professor, College of Information Studies


 Kids with Low-Tech Prototype

Children are looking at a low tech prototype of a "classroom of the future".

Sketch  Drawing

On the left is a sketch of a digital library and on the right children are taking notes.


Current Kidsteam Kids


Cianna

Emerson

Emma

Gannon

Kate

Lyndsey

Miguel

Mridvika

Valdean

 


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