From The Theme
ADVANCED HUMAN COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
What if learning materials could support input, feedback and interaction between users – learners, instructors, authors, mentors etc?
WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO
Input, feedback, and interaction among learners, instructors, mentors and authors are key to facilitating questioning and thinking. Using a scenario-based approach, this project set out to study the continuum between learners’ dialogue and paper/pencil sketching in order to develop a model of the future interactive paper textbook. This interactive textbook would potentially create and capture sharable and reusable items in context – for example, capturing the user questions and thoughts, and communicating between learner, instructor, expert or author. Insights from ethnographic observations were used to design and develop new scenarios for interaction, information and activity that served as blueprints for our rapid prototyping cycle to model and test our concepts.
WHAT WE FOUND
Our current ShowMeTellMe prototype supports the “create and capture” process through a real-time, interactive, analog to digital multimedia conversion. Our prototype provides an innovative multimodal communication experience by combining paper, digital multimedia, advanced connectivity and emerging technologies such as: “TalkingPaper” technology developed in the PBL Lab, Anoto™ paper technology, digital pen (eg. Nokia), bluetooth cell phones (Nokia) (Fig. 1)