Using Mobile Phones To Assist Children’s Learning In Universeum

University essay from IT-universitetet i Göteborg/Tillämpad informationsteknologi

Abstract: This master thesis study explores how to assist children’s learning using mobile phones in Universeumlocated in Gothenburg, Sweden. Universeum is the largest Science center in Scandinavia where childrencan learn the ocean, explore rainforest and discover space. From the field study carried out firstly inUniverseum, some findings are gained, for example children prefer to discuss and share their findings withtheir friends, classmates or family members; children use body gestures to describe some animals; childrenare interested in big and colorful animals; children would like to capture some photos using their mobilephones and share their photos with others; children are interested in viewing photos captured by others. Asystem, which includes a mobile application and a web portal, is designed based on the review of therelated work and the data from the field study. A prototype of the mobile applications is built and namedFotofiske which includes some information of exhibitions in Universeum and children can take photosusing their mobile phones to match specific exhibitions’ information. Finally from a small evaluation ofthis prototype in Universeum, there are some findings about how to improve this prototype and deploy it atUniverseum. For example children think that Fotofiske is interesting and fun. It is better to publish theFotofiske game at the Univereum web site and let children freely download it before visiting. From thisstudy, it reveals children can use mobile phones to gain knowledge at Universeum. The mobile prototypeenables children to learn in a more interesting and interactive way at Universeum.

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