Research

My doctoral research is investigating Participatory Design methods for developing an educational technology with three to four year-old children. I’m working under the advisement of Doctor Juan Pablo Hourcade at the University of Iowa.

Our approach is called the 3Cs: create, connect, and communicate. We strive to make technology that is age appropriate and promotes healthy activities for children to use their creativity, to connect with their environment, and communicate with their peers and teachers.

Motivations

Ubiquitous use of technologies by children under 4;

Impacts of technology on children are unclear;

Common concerns:

• Use only for information access;

• Isolate children from social and physical environment;

Many apps provide children with instant gratification;

Objectives

Investigate best practices for child-centered design activities for three to four year-olds;

Design technology-rich learning environments;

Provide greater opportunities for children to create, connect and communicate;

Challenges

Pursue child-centered design with 3-4 year-old children;

Understand basic interaction design guidelines for this age;

Integrate technology with children’s environment;

Involve caregivers with 3Cs activities using technology;

Engage children in activities involving delayed gratification;

Publications

Juan Pablo Hourcade, Luiza Superti Pantoja, Kyle Diederich, Liam Crawford, and Glenda Revelle. 2017. The 3Cs for preschool children's technology: create, connect, communicate. interactions 24, 4 (June 2017), 70-73. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3096461

Pantoja, L.S., Hourcade, J.P., Diederich, K., Crawford, L., Utter, V. (2017). Co-designing an Experience with 3 and 4 Year-old Children. Retrieved from https://codesignwithchildren.wordpress.com/accepted-abstracts/.

Hourcade, J. P., Mascher, S. L., Wu, D., & Pantoja, L. (2015, April). Look, My Baby Is Using an iPad! An Analysis of YouTube Videos of Infants and Toddlers Using Tablets. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1915-1924). ACM.

Luiza Pantoja © 2017