The increased availability of advanced
technologies, such as touch screens, Kinect, and mobile technologies,
raise important questions about their role for children¹s interaction and
learning. In particular they reconfigure embodied forms of interaction,
where physical context, bodily action, and sensory experience are brought
to the fore. This highlights the need for research to adopt an analytical
focus on the body in order to expand and extend non-language based
methodological approaches to understand meaning making in these spaces.
Drawing on examples from my research I will present a set of studies that
address this need by combining a multimodal analytical approach with
quasi-experimental methods to examine bodily interaction in digital
environments. Through the research findings I will explore the benefits of
this approach to understanding bodily interaction in emergent digital
learning environments as well as challenges for future research.
Sara is a Reader at UCL IOE. She has a background in Psychology, with
extensive experience in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research
interests focus on the role of digital technologies for learning, teaching
and training in school and health related education. Much of her work
involves the design, development and evaluation of emerging digital
technologies (mobile, tangible, sensor), exploring ways in which they can
enhance learning through mediating new forms of thinking and reasoning;
and the development of methodological approaches in HCI.