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Fabrication for Children: Toward the Frontier of Educational Construction
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, University of Colorado, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The notion of “educational computing” is rapidly expanding to accommodate not only computers themselves, but also the devices casually known as “peripherals”. In particular, with the advent of a wide variety of fabrication tools and software, children are increasingly able to use computers to design and construct physical objects in a range of expressive materials. This paper looks at the current landscape of children's fabrication and identifies three central areas for research and development: (a) the design of new child-appropriate interfaces for construction, (b) the exploration and creation of new output devices for children's activities, and (c) the design of software infrastructures and community support for children's construction. Throughout the paper, we make use of examples drawn from the various educational construction projects undertaken in our own laboratory.

Citation

Eisenberg, M. (2009). Fabrication for Children: Toward the Frontier of Educational Construction. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3558-3563). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 19, 2019 from .

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