Children designing together on a multi-touch tabletop: An analysis of spatial orientation and user interactions

J Rick, A Harris, Paul Marshall, R Fleck, N Yuill, Yvonne Rogers
in Proceedings of IDC 2009 - The 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Conference paper (text)


Applications running on multi-touch tabletops are beginning to be developed to enable children to collaborate on a variety of activities, from photo sharing to playing games. However, little is know as to how children work together on such interactive surfaces. We present a study that investigated groups of children's use of a multitouchtabletop for a shared-space design task, requiring reasoning and compromise. The OurSpace application was designed to allow children to arrange the desks in their classroom and allocate students to seats around those desks. A number of findings are reported, including a comparison of single versus multiple touch, equity of participation, and an analysis of how a child's tabletop position affects where he or she touches. A main finding was that children used all of the tabletop surface, but took more responsibility for the parts of the design closer to their relative position. Copyright 2009 ACM.