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Content Splitting & Space Sharing: Collaboratively Reading & Sharing Children's Stories on Mobile Devices
MobileHCI '11: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (2011)
  • Jerry Alan Fails, Montclair State University
  • Allison Druin, University of Maryland
  • Mona Leigh Guha, University of Maryland
Abstract
This paper addresses how children can collaborate by leveraging the ubiquity of mobile devices. Specifically we investigate how children (ages 8--9) read and share children's stories using two collaborative configurations: content splitting and space sharing. Content splitting is where interface pieces (e.g. words, pictures) are split between two or more devices. Space sharing is where the same content (e.g. a document) is spread or shared across devices. The results point to an overall preference for the content splitting configuration. Supporting collaborative configurations on mobile devices can help overcome one of the most significant usability issues these devices face --- their limited screen space.
Keywords
  • mobile devices,
  • collocated collaboration,
  • reading,
  • sharing,
  • narratives,
  • human factors
Disciplines
Publication Date
2011
Editor
Markus Bylund, Oskar Juhlin, and Ylva Fernaeus
Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN
9781450305419
DOI
10.1145/2037373.2037428
Citation Information
Jerry Alan Fails, Allison Druin and Mona Leigh Guha. "Content Splitting & Space Sharing: Collaboratively Reading & Sharing Children's Stories on Mobile Devices" New YorkMobileHCI '11: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (2011) p. 361 - 370
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jerry-fails/11/