At the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (17-20 October, Brighton, UK), I will present our work on FireFlies 2: a set of tangible pixels for the primary classroom. The bottom half of the pixels can be controlled by the teacher through an tablet app and, simultaneously, the top half of the pixels can be controlled by the pupils individually through rotation or pressing of the pixel itself. This work aimed to lower the teacher’s cognitive load by replacing present information within the classroom, with a distributed representation. We investigated the effect of the visibility and distribution of this information on the classroom.
The paper FireFlies2: Interactive Tangible Pixels to enable Distributed Cognition in Classroom Technologies received Best Paper Award and is published at the ACM ISS Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS ’17) in Brighton, UK, October 17-20. The paper was co-written by Saskia Bakker (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Berry Eggen (Eindhoven University of Technology).