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Article of Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2011

Interactive tabletops in education

Authors: Pierre Dillenbourg, Michael Evans

Abstract: Interactive tabletops are gaining increased attention from CSCL researchers. This paper analyses the relation between this technology and teaching and learning processes. At a global level, one could argue that tabletops convey a socio-constructivist flavor: they support small teams that solve problems by exploring multiple solutions. The development of tabletop applications also witnesses the growing importance of face-to-face collaboration in CSCL and acknowledges the physicality of learning. However, this global analysis is insufficient. To analyze the educational potential of tabletops in education, we present 33 points that should be taken into consideration. These points are structured on four levels: individual user-system interaction, teamwork, classroom orchestration, and socio-cultural contexts. God lies in the details.

Keywords: tabletop, tangible, ubiquitous

Citation: Dillenbourg, P. & Evans, M. (2011) Interactive tabletops in education. ijcscl 6 (4), pp. 491-514

DOI: 10.1007/s11412-011-9127-7

Preprint: Acrobat-PDF dillenbourg_evans_6_4.pdf

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