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Let's Make a Digital Patchwork: Designing for Childrens Creative Play with Programming Materials
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores new approaches to making and playing with programming materials, especially the forms provided with screen-based digital media. Designing with these media expressions can be very attractive to children, but they are usually not made available to them in the same degree as are physical materials.

Inspired by children's play with physical materials, this work includes design explorations of how different resources alter, scaffold and support children in activities of making dynamic, screen-based systems. How tangibles turn the activity of programming into a more physical, social and collaborative activity is emphasised. A specific outcome concerns the importance of considering 'offline' and socially oriented action when designing tangible technologies. The work includes the design of a tangible programming system, Patcher, with which groups of children can program systems displayed on a large screen surface.

The character of children's programming is conceptualised through the notion of a digital patchwork, emphasising (1) children's programming as media-sensitive design, (2) making programming more concrete by combining and reusing readily available programming constructs, and (3) the use of tangibles for social interaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2007. , 68 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 07:001
Keyword [en]
children's programming, interaction design, tangible interaction, human-computer interaction, tangible programming
National Category
Information Science
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706ISBN: 91-7155-390-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-6706DiVA: diva2:196904
Public defence
2007-03-23, sal D, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 12:00
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Supervisors
Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01 Last updated: 2013-12-10Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Computational Literacy at Work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computational Literacy at Work
2004 In: Proc. CELDA 2004, 2004, 181-188 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24155 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01Bibliographically approved
2. "Looking at the computer but doing it on land": Children's interactions in a tangible programming space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Looking at the computer but doing it on land": Children's interactions in a tangible programming space
2005 In: Proc. HCI 2005, 2005, 3-18 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24156 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01Bibliographically approved
3. Rethinking Children's Programming Through Contextual Signs
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rethinking Children's Programming Through Contextual Signs
2006 In: Proc. IDC2006, 2006, 121-128 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24157 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01Bibliographically approved
4. Finding Design Qualities in a Tangible Programming Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Finding Design Qualities in a Tangible Programming Space
2006 In: Proc. CHI2006, 2006, 447-456 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24158 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01Bibliographically approved
5. Designing for Programming as Joint Performances among Groups of Children
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing for Programming as Joint Performances among Groups of Children
2006 In: Interacting with computers, ISSN 0953-5438, Vol. 18, no 5, 1012-1031 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24159 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6706Available from: 2007-03-01 Created: 2007-03-01Bibliographically approved

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