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Facilitating collaborative learning between two primary schools using large multi-touch devices / James McNaughton; Tom Crick; Andrew Joyce-Gibbons; Gary Beauchamp; Nick Young; Elaine Tan

Journal of Computers in Education, Volume: 4, Issue: 3, Pages: 307 - 320

Swansea University Author: Crick, Tom

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This paper presents a technical case study and the associated research software/hardware underpinning an educational research trial in which large touchscreen interfaces were used to facilitate collaborative interactions between primary school students at separate locations. As part of the trial, an...

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Published in: Journal of Computers in Education
ISSN: 2197-9987 2197-9995
Published: Springer 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43577
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Abstract: This paper presents a technical case study and the associated research software/hardware underpinning an educational research trial in which large touchscreen interfaces were used to facilitate collaborative interactions between primary school students at separate locations. As part of the trial, an application for supporting a collaborative classroom activity was created which allowed students at either location to transfer resources to the students at the other via a 'flick' gesture. The trial required several novel innovations to the existing SynergyNet software framework to enable it to support synchronous remote collaboration. The innovations enabled the first successful classroom collaboration activities between two separate locations within the United Kingdom using large touchscreen interfaces. This paper details the challenges encountered in implementing these innovations and their solutions.
Keywords: Multi-touch devices, Gestures, Computer-supported collaborative learning, SynergyNet, Networking, ICT
College: College of Science
Issue: 3
Start Page: 307
End Page: 320