A long-term field study on the adoption of smartphones by children in Panama

Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamondez, Bastian Pfleging, Niels Henze, Albrecht Schmidt

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Abstract

Computing technology is currently adopted in emerging countries. Especially mobile phones and smart phones become widely used - with a much higher penetration than traditional computers. In our work we investigate how computing technologies and particularly mobile devices can support education. While previous work focused on controlled experiments, in this paper we present the results of a 20 weeks long study of mobile phone usage in an emerging region. Our aim was not only to investigate how the phones are used for education but also to learn how they are adopted by children in daily life. By logging screenshots, we used an unsupervised approach that allowed to unobtrusively observe usage patterns without the presence of researchers. Instead of offering tailored teaching applications, we used general-purpose applications to support teaching and found that the phone itself was an empowering technology similar to pen and paper. Based on a detailed analysis of actual use in a natural setting, we derived a set of typical use cases for mobile phones in education and describe how they change learning. From in-depth interviews with a teacher, selected guardians and pupils we show that introducing mobiles phones has great potential for supporting education in emerging regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th international Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages163-172
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3004-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 23 Sep 201426 Sep 2014
Conference number: 16
https://mobilehci.acm.org/2014/
https://mobilehci.acm.org/2014/

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Abbreviated titleMobileHCI '14
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period23/09/1426/09/14
Internet address

Keywords

  • adopting mobile phones
  • children
  • education
  • emerging countries
  • learning
  • mobile phone

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  • Prizes

    MobileHCI '13 Honorabe Mention Award

    Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamondez (Recipient), Pfleging, B. (Recipient), Niels Henze (Recipient) & Albrecht Schmidt (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Cite this

    Valderrama Bahamondez, E. D. C., Pfleging, B., Henze, N., & Schmidt, A. (2014). A long-term field study on the adoption of smartphones by children in Panama. In Proceedings of the 16th international Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services (pp. 163-172). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2628363.2628403