FeetForward: on blending new classroom technologies into secondary school teachers' routines

P. An, S. Bakker, J.H. Eggen

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    Secondary school teachers have complex, intensive and dynamic routines in their classrooms, which makes their attentional resources limited for human-computer interaction. Leveraging principles of peripheral interaction can reduce attention demanded by technologies and interactions could blend more seamlessly into the everyday routine. We present the design and deployment of FeetForward - an open-ended, and foot-based peripheral interface to facilitate teachers’ use of interactive whiteboards. FeetForward was used as a technology probe to explore the design of new classroom technologies which are to become peripheral and routine. The deployment took place with three teachers in their classrooms for five weeks. Based on in-depth and longitudinal interviews with the teachers, we discuss about how FeetForward integrated into teachers’ routines, what its effects were on teaching and whether its foot-based interaction style was suitable for peripheral interaction. Subsequently, implications on design of peripheral classroom technologies were generalized.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the INTERACT 2017 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 25-29 September 2017, Mumbai, India
    EditorsGirish Dalvi, Anirudha Joshi, Devanuj K. Balkrishan, Jacki O'Neill, Marco Winckler, Regina Bernhaupt
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-67684-5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-67683-8
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2017
    Event16th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Mumbai, India
    Duration: 25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume10514 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference16th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    Abbreviated titleINTERACT 2017
    Internet address


    • Calm technology
    • Classroom technology
    • Foot-based interaction
    • Interactive whiteboard
    • Peripheral interaction
    • Secondary school teacher


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