Engaging children in longitudinal behavioral studies through playful technologies

Olga Lyra, Evangelos Karapanos, Rúben Gouveia, Valentina Nisi, Nuno J. Nunes

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Measuring children's behaviors and experiences has been one of the core interests of the field of Child-Computer Interaction. However, maintaining children's engagement in the evaluation process is one of the challenges that researchers need to meet. In this paper we introduce Playful Booth, a system that aimed at engaging children in playful photo taking practices with the goal of capturing their social interactions over prolonged periods of time. We then present a 4-week-long deployment of Playful Booth with a total of seventy children that aimed at addressing three research questions. First, does playful booth create initial engagement on children and does it sustain this engagement over prolonged periods of time? Second, can the deployment be sustained for prolonged periods of time with minimal resources? Last, do behavioral data as captured from playful booth reflect children's actual social participation in the school community?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC '13
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1918-8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2013 - New York, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 201327 Jun 2013
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2013
Abbreviated titleIDC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityNew York


  • Engagement
  • Field studies
  • Playful
  • Social interactions

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