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Seminar 1 – Cross-College Childhood and Youth Studies Research Webinar Series 2021

Abstract

Have you have ever wondered why you move your hands when you're talking, even when you’re on the phone? Dr Andrew Manches, Centre Co-director (Children & Technology) will explain why.

When we explain ideas we often gesticulate, and research is revealing how these movements offer a unique window into the way we think and understand the world.

This presents a valuable opportunity for early learning; looking closer at how children gesture helps us better recognise what they know, often before they can tell us in their own words. And thinking more about how we gesture when communicating with children may help us explain things better. Gestures may even help us understand the potential of interactive technologies to enhance learning by encouraging certain actions.

In this talk, Dr Andrew Manches will share clips from several projects to illustrate this emerging research field, with examples of cutting-edge digital designs that offer a different perspective to debates about children and the role of technology.

Biography

Dr Andrew Manches is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Sciences and Director of the Children and Technology group in the Centre for Research in Digital Education. He is a past ESRC Future Research Leader and now leads the UK side of a $2.4million Science Learning+ project with the US. He leads/has led various funded projects centred around the role of interaction in how we think and learn, and the implications for early learning technologies. He marries his academic world with industry as CEO of an early learning technology company, Pling Ltd.

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Video: From gestures to the design of early learning technologies
This webinar series hosted by the Children and Young People Thematic Hub is titled: Engaging Children and Young People: Participatory Research Methods and Ethical Complexities. We will bring together researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ─ University of Edinburgh, who are researching with children and young people. The webinar series welcomes all researchers interested in the field. In alignment with participatory methods, our intention is that these seminars will be lively, interactive events, with opportunities for group discussion and connecting with other researchers. In this webinar, Dr Andrew Manches from the Centre for Research in Digital Education gave a presentation entitled 'From gestures to the design of early learning technologies'.
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Nov 17 2021 -

Seminar 1 – Cross-College Childhood and Youth Studies Research Webinar Series 2021

Dr Andrew Manches from the Centre for Research in Digital Education gave us a presentation entitled 'From gestures to the design of early learning technologies'.

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