Orchestrating a multi-tabletop classroom: From activity design to enactment and reflection

Roberto Martinez Maldonado, Yannis Dimitriadis, Judy Kay, Kalina Yacef, Marie Theresa Edbauer

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If multi-tabletop classrooms were available in each school, how would teachers plan and enact their activities to enhance learning and collaboration? How can they evaluate how the activities actually went compared with the plan? Teachers' effectiveness in orchestrating the classroom has a direct impact on students learning. Interactive tabletops offer the potential to support teachers by enhancing their awareness and classroom control. This paper describes our mechanisms to help a teacher orchestrate a classroom activity using multiple interactive tabletops. We analyse automatically captured interaction data to assess whether the activity design, as intended by the teacher, was actually followed during its enactment. We report on an authentic classroom study embedded in the curricula of an undergraduate Management unit. This involved 236 students across 14 sessions. The main contribution of the paper is an approach for designing a multi-tabletop classroom that can help teachers plan their learning activities; and provide data for assessment and reflection on the enactment of a series of classroom sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450312097
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference 2012 - Cambridge, United States of America
Duration: 11 Nov 201214 Nov 2012
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleITS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
Internet address


  • classroom orchestration
  • collaborative learning
  • interactive tabletops
  • user-centred design

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