ClassBeacons: Designing distributed visualization of teachers' physical proximity in the classroom

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Abstract

As necessary for creating a learner-centered environment, nowadays teachers are expected to be more mindful about their proximity distribution: how to spend time in different locations of the classroom with individual learners. However feedback on this is only given to teachers by experts after classroom observation. In this paper we present the design and evaluation of ClassBeacons, a novel ambient information system that visualizes teachers' physical proximity through tangible devices distributed over the classroom. An expert review and a field evaluation with eight secondary school teachers were conducted to explore potential values of such a system and gather user experiences. Results revealed rich insights into how the system could influence teaching and learning, as well as how a distributed display can be seamlessly integrated into teachers' routines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2018 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages357-367
Number of pages11
Volume2018-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355681
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5568-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2018
Event12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2018) - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 18 Mar 201821 Mar 2018
Conference number: 12
https://tei.acm.org/2018/

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2018)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2018
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period18/03/1821/03/18
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Keywords

  • Ambient information system
  • Classroom
  • Distributed display
  • Learner-centered education
  • Teacher proximity

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    An, P., Bakker, S., Ordanovski, S., Taconis, R., & Eggen, B. (2018). ClassBeacons: Designing distributed visualization of teachers' physical proximity in the classroom. In TEI 2018 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (Vol. 2018-January, pp. 357-367). New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173225.3173243