School Children Designing Mobile UX

Schoolchildren Designing Mobile User Experiences at Heritage Destinations is a collaborative mobile user experience design project between Allendale Columbia SchoolGenesee Country Village & Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The goal of this project is to give schoolchildren the oppertunity to be designers of mobile technologies instead of consumers of mobile technologies.

RIT students and faculty from the Human Computer Interaction Program and Collage of Imaging, Arts and Sciences department are  teaching basic Interaction Design and multimedia asset production principles to fifth and eighth grade students. Allendale Columbia School is leading learning objectives and outcomes, while Genesee Country Village and Museum provides ninetieth century curation education.

four distinct PROJECT stages:
  1. Collaboration – Schoolchildren participated in the ideation Phase, Heritage Storytelling, and the overall visitor strategy.
  2. Design – School children were taught basic user center design technics, wrote their own heritage story scripts according to their visitor strategy and learned about geo-locating multimedia content to physical spaces (blending theory).
  3. Production – School children acted out their heritage story scripts for video production, later to be used for geo-curation.
  4. Evaluation – School children evaluated their own heritage scripts in concert with their video production output with our mobile technologies. School children were able to pilot test their heritage stories before the formal usability evaluation with public school children.

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The mobile user experiences designed by the schoolchildren of Allendale Columbia School was evaluated by public schoolchildren participating in annual field trip events to Genesee Country Village and Museum in spring 2014.

This project leverages the mobile technologies designed and developed under a 2013 New York Council on the Arts Grant, Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project.

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