KidPad: A Design Collaboration Between Children, Technologists, and Educators


THE USER PROFILE

We anticipate users of our new educational technology environments will be elementary-school-aged children with a wide range of abilities, experience, and age. Children with bilingual needs, simple motor coordination skills, little computer experience, strong writing skills, intuitive visualization abilities, extensive computer experience and more-- are all considered potential KidPad users. This wide range of users was seen in the collaboration begun in the fall of 1995. The 48 local elementary school children that we partnered with were extremely diverse in their skills and backgrounds. These children included participants in basic literacy programs and participants in gifted child programs. Their ethnic backgrounds ranged from Native Americans to recently immigrated Vietnamese, Chinese, and Hispanic children.

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Abstract

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User Profile

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Summary

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Collaboration

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Design Process

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Acknowledgments

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Goals for Development

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Design Evolution

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