Designing for Digital Playing Out

Wood, Gavin, Dylan, Thomas, Durrant, Abigail, Torres, Pablo E., Ulrich, Philip, Carr, Amanda, Cukurova, Mutlu, Downey, Denise, McGrath, Phil, Balaam, Madeline, Ferguson, Alice, Vines, John and Lawson, Shaun (2019) Designing for Digital Playing Out. In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19): May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. CHI (19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 679. ISBN 9781450359702

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We report on a design-led study in the UK that aimed to understand barriers to children (aged 5 to 14 years) ‘playing out’ in their neighbourhood and explore the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for supporting children’s free play that extends outdoors. The study forms a design ethnography, combining observational fieldwork with design prototyping and co-creative activities across four linked workshops, where we used BBC micro:bit devices to co-create new IoT designs with the participating children. Our collective account contributes new insights about the physical and interactive features of micro:bits that shaped play, gameplay, and social interaction in the workshops, illuminating an emerging design space for supporting ‘digital playing out’ that is grounded in empirical instances. We highlight opportunities for designing for digital playing out in ways that promote social negotiation, supports varying participation, allows for integrating cultural influences, and accounts for the weaving together of placemaking and play.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Playing Out, Children, Outdoor Play, Open-ended play, Pervasive Play, Internet of Things
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 11:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:15

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