Designing for digital playing out

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Wood, G., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Carr, A., Cukurova, M., Downey, D., McGrath, P., Balaam, M., Ferguson, A., Vines, J. and Lawson, S. 2019. Designing for digital playing out. in: Brewster, S. and Fitzpatrick, G. (ed.) CHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York ACM. pp. 1-15
AuthorsWood, G., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Carr, A., Cukurova, M., Downey, D., McGrath, P., Balaam, M., Ferguson, A., Vines, J. and Lawson, S.
EditorsBrewster, S. and Fitzpatrick, G.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsDigital playing out; Children; Outdoor play; Open-ended play; Pervasive play; Internet of Things
Page range1-15
Year2019
Book titleCHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Output statusPublished
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Place of publicationNew York
ISBN9781450359702
Publication dates
OnlineMay 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jun 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1145/3290605.3300909
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300909
FunderEPSRC
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