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Noise detectives : design implications for mobile learning

Wyeth, Peta & MacColl, Ian (2012) Noise detectives : design implications for mobile learning. International Journal of Arts and Technology, 5, pp. 177-198.

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Abstract

In this paper, we present an account of children's interactions with a mobile technology prototype within the school context. The noise detectives trial was conducted in a school setting with the aim of better understanding the role of mobile resources as mediators within science and environmental learning activities. Over 80 children, aged between 10 and 12, completed an outdoor data-gathering activity, using a mobile learning prototype that included paper and software components. They measured and recorded noise levels in various locations throughout the school. We analysed the activity to determine how the components of the prototype were integrated into the learning activity, and to identify differences in behaviour that resulted from using these components. We present design implications that resulted from observed differences in prototype use and appropriation.

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ID Code: 50226
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mobile learning, m-learning, Prototyping, Educational technology, Design, Noise detectives, Child behaviour, Science education, Environmental education, Interaction, Mobile resources, Noise levels, Noise measurement, School children
DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2012.046273
ISSN: 1754-8861
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Mobile Technologies (080502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 14 May 2012 09:41
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 00:46

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