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ThinkActive: Designing for pseudonymous activity tracking in the classroom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andy Garbett, Dr David Chatting, Dr Gerard Wilkinson, Dr Clement LeeORCiD, Dr Ahmed KharrufaORCiD



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© 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). We report on the design of ThinkActive - A system to encourage primary aged school children to reflect on their own personal activity data in the classroom. We deployed the system with a cohort of 30 school children, over a six-week period, in partnership with an English Premier League Football club's health and nutrition programme. The system utilizes inexpensive activity trackers and pseudonymous avatars to promote reflection with personal data using an insitu display within the classroom. Our design explores pseudonymity as an approach to managing privacy and personal data within a public setting. We report on the motivations, challenges, and opportunities for students, teachers, and third-party providers to engage in the collection and sharing of activity data with primary school children.

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Author(s): Garbett A, Chatting D, Wilkinson G, Lee C, Kharrufa A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2018

Online publication date: 21/04/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 27/06/2018

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173581

Notes: Paper number: 7

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ISBN: 9781450356206