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C18: Designing with and for Children in the 21st Century: Techniques and Practices

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Allison Druin -- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States Jerry Fails -- Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, United States Mona Leigh Guha -- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States Greg Walsh -- User Interface Lab, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Program Description: Benefits: The CHI community has acknowledged children as important users by featuring a "Child-Computer Interaction" community. This course will offer a balance of traditional lecture and hands-on design activities, and will cover techniques that balance the voices and contributions of adults and children. Origins: A version of this course was taught at CHI 2008 through 2012. In CHI 2008 the course received the highest survey ratings of any CHI course and has been rated highly in subsequent years. Features: Historical overview of co-designing with children Overview of child development in relation to technology design Hands-on experiences using techniques for designing new technologies with and for children Information about the role of the adult in co-design processes with children and practical issues of beginning a co-design team Audience: We welcome and encourage attendance by industry professionals, academics, and students from a wide variety of communities. No prior experience is necessary. Presentation: Hands-on design activities, small and whole-group discussion, short presentations with slides and video. Instructor Backgrounds: Allison Druin is a Professor at the University of Maryland's HCIL. Since 1998, she has led interdisciplinary, intergenerational research teams to create new technologies for children. (http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~allisond/) Jerry Alan Fails is an Assistant Professor in Montclair State University's Department of Computer Science. He has been working with children to design new technologies since 2003. His current focus is on technologies that support children and families. (http://hci.montclair.edu/fails/) Mona Leigh Guha is a Research Associate at the University of Maryland's HCIL. Since 2002, she has focused on the impacts of technology design processes on children who participate in them. Greg Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the University of Baltimore's Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies. He focuses on creating new design techniques that include more voices in the design process. (http://research.gregwalsh.com/)


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