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Designing a ubiquitous sensor-based platform to facilitate learning for young children in Thailand

Putjorn, Pruet, Siriaraya, Panote, Ang, Chee Siang, Deravi, Farzin (2017) Designing a ubiquitous sensor-based platform to facilitate learning for young children in Thailand. In: MobileHCI '17: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. MobileHCI Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services . ACM, New York, USA ISBN 978-1-4503-5075-4. (doi:10.1145/3098279.3098525) (KAR id:61735)


Education plays an important role in helping developing nations reduce poverty and improving quality of life. Ubiquitous and mobile technologies could greatly enhance education in such regions by providing augmented access to learning. This paper presents a three-year iterative study where a ubiquitous sensor based learning platform was designed, developed and tested to support science learning among primary school students in underprivileged Northern Thailand. The platform is built upon the school’s existing mobile devices and was expanded to include sensor-based technology. Throughout the iterative design process, observations, interviews and group discussions were carried out with stakeholders. This lead to key reflections and design concepts such as the value of injecting anthropomorphic qualities into the learning device and providing personally and culturally relevant learning experiences through technology. Overall, the results outlined in this paper help contribute to knowledge regarding the design, development and implementation of ubiquitous sensor-based technology to support learning.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3098279.3098525
Uncontrolled keywords: Mobile devices; Mobile Learning; Ubiquitous Learning Environment; Wireless sensing; Primary School Students
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Jim Ang
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 18:13 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:17 UTC
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Putjorn, Pruet.

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Ang, Chee Siang.

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Deravi, Farzin.

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