FireFlies: Physical Peripheral Interaction Design for the Everyday Routine of Primary School Teachers

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ACM
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Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'13), 2013, pp. 57 - 64
Issue Date:
2013-01
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This paper presents a research-through-design study into interactive systems for a primary school setting to support teachers' everyday tasks. We developed an open-ended interactive system called FireFlies, which is intended to be interacted with in the periphery of the teacher's attention and thereby become an integral part of everyday routines. FireFlies uses light-objects and audio as a (background) information display. Furthermore, teachers can manipulate the light and audio through physical interaction. A working prototype of FireFlies was deployed in four different classrooms for six weeks. Qualitative results reveal that all teachers found a relevant way of working with FireFlies, which they applied every day of the evaluation. After the study had ended and the systems were removed from the schools, the teachers kept reaching for the devices and mentioned they missed FireFlies, which shows that it had become part of their everyday routine.
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