A toolkit and lessons for designing smart things with children for outdoor environments

Rosella Gennari, Maristella Matera, Alessandra Melonio, Mehdi Rizvi, Eftychia Roumelioti

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Smart things are present in children's life, from smart watches to smart toys. Designing smart things with children can help them understand the inner working of smart things and reflect on the usage of technology. This paper stems from action research around smart-thing design with children, conducted across three years, in diverse countries and with different children, and mainly for outdoors' environments. The analysis of data gathered across the research enabled authors of this paper to distil practical guidelines for smart-thing design toolkits for children, which helped children design for a given environment and reflect across design. They might help other researchers organise smart-thing design with children, encompassing different design stages, and make them reflect in design, in relation to the chosen environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2021
Event2021 Workshop on Designing for/with/around Nature: Exploring New Frontiers of Outdoor-Related HCI - Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Duration: 11 Jul 202113 Jul 2021


  • Action research
  • Children
  • Design
  • Nature
  • Outdoors
  • Smart thing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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