Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mobile Technologies for Children > Allison Druin / Iowa State University / October 9 2009



Women in HCI Lecture / Allison Druin / University of Maryland / October 9, 2009 / Noon / Howe Hall / Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium / Iowa State University




Abstract > For many children (ages 2-12) in the United States, mobile technologies are now an integral part of their everyday living and play experiences. They commonly use mobile phones, netbooks, pen-based computing, GPSs, computer-enhanced toys and much more.

But this is not the case for all children. There are still young people who live in places where mobile technologies are just becoming affordable. Others live in areas where there is no cell phone service at all. And still other children live in places where basic living necessities outweigh the need for electronic technologies. There are extreme differences in children’s opportunities and challenges for learning with new technologies.

Therefore, in my talk I will discuss how to approach designing for these diverse children. This talk is not about how to make mobile technologies. It is about how to make BETTER mobile technologies for the world’s children.

I will demonstrate some of our newest work at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab in mobile collaboration and intergenerational mobile storytelling. I will also suggest how these new mobile technologies call for new approaches to design.

Speaker > Allison Druin is the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Her work includes: developing digital libraries for children; designing technologies for families; and creating collaborative storytelling technologies for the classroom.

Druin’s most active research is the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) 

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/08/international-childrens-digital-library.html

now the largest digital library in the world for children which she and colleagues expanded to a non-profit foundation.

She is the author or editor of four books, and her most recent book was published Spring 2009: Mobile Technology for Children (Morgan Kaufmann, 2009).


She received her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of New Mexico, her M.S. in 1987 from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.F.A. in 1985 from Rhode Island School of Design.

Sponsored By > Women in Human Computer Interaction Series, Women in STEM Speaker Series, and Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB).

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  1. Wanted to note that videos of her talk and other speakers in this series are available on Vimeo. The link is at the upper right on this page in the link below (or click my name above)

    http://www.hci.iastate.edu/media/News/Announce/womeninhci.php

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