Title page for ETD etd-12122011-155750

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wilson, Gregory
Author's Email Address mrwilson@vt.edu
URN etd-12122011-155750
Title Experiences with the Mobile Interactive Learning Table: a custom table for education
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McCrickard, Donald Scott Committee Chair
Evans, Michael A. Committee Member
Pérez-Quiñones, Manuel A. Committee Member
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Educational Technology
  • Multi-touch
  • Tabletop Display
  • Games
  • K-12
Date of Defense 2011-12-08
Availability unrestricted
Multi-touch technology on tabletop displays lets children interact with digital objects in collaborative and competitive ways. Multi-touch tables are not a part of classroom instruction because of high cost and lack of meaningful applications. This thesis explores possible solutions to building hardware and software that support the engagement of children.

Outlined is a demonstration of our Mobile Interactive Learning Table (MILT), a custom hardware system that can be built for a cost well below current commercial implementations. Experiences with transporting the table to schools and similar settings are discussed, as well as proposed advantages to this do-it-yourself custom approach. Additionally, digital card games were created to encourage elementary and middle school student engagement in meaningful learning. Observations of children collaborating and competitively playing these games, and a comparison study comparing gameplay using different input devices were conducted.

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