Group spinner: recognizing & visualizing learning in the classroom for reflection, communication & planning

Ahmed Kharrufa, Sally Rix, Timur Osadchiy, Anne Preston, Patrick Olivier

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Group Spinner is a digital visual tool intended to help teachers observe and reflect on children's collaborative technology-enhanced learning activities in the classroom. We describe the design of Group Spinner, which was informed by activity theory, previous work and teachers' focus group feedback. Based on a radar chart and a set of indicators, Group Spinner allows teachers to record in-class observations as to different aspects of group learning and learning behaviors, beyond the limited knowledge acquisition measures. Our exploratory study involved 6 teachers who used the tool for a total of 23 classes in subjects ranging from Maths and Geography to Sociology and Art. Semi-structured interviews with these teachers revealed a number of different uses of the tool. Depending on their experience and pedagogy, teachers considered Group Spinner to be a valuable tool to support awareness, reflection, communication, and/or planning. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsCliff Lampe, m.c. schraefel
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346559
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States of America
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017
Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017
Abbreviated titleCHI 2017
CountryUnited States of America
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  • Collaboration
  • Observation
  • Radar-chart
  • Reflection
  • Schools/educational setting
  • Technology enhanced learning

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