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KidsQuestions: Assisting Children's Digital Information Seeking

Nicholas Vanderschantz, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand
12-1pm  11th Jul 2018


Children struggle in a variety of ways with the contemporary technologies used in the classroom. Our investigations are aimed at supporting children's digital information seeking. We hypothesise that an interaction model specifically designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies common in education today would be beneficial for children's digital information search. We conducted a requirements analysis involving children, parents, and teachers, a range of user studies through which we identified the information seeking practices and the issues school children encounter when using contemporary digital information seeking technology. We implemented and explored a search engine interface prototype that was designed to align with the inquiry-based pedagogies that we observed. This presentation gives an overview of our observations and insights gained.

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