Tailored Scenarios is a WordPress plugin currently under development, that provides the ability to present users with scenarios of new technologies for social interaction. The system makes use of information entered by each respondent to tailor the actors and other context presented in the scenario to them. We aim to make the code openly available and usable for various kinds of online scenario-based studies.
OTIH (Out There and In Here) is a distributed system for collaboration between mobile, field-based students and their peers based in an indoor collaborative learning environment. The OTIH blog has more details about the development and evaluations of this system. Essentially it is composed of:
i) a web-based CMS, built on the Drupal platform, that supports the display and annotation of data (e.g. photos, observations or quantitative data) and the development of hypotheses during a field activity. Being web based this can be accessed from most mobile devices as well as standard computers.
ii) An environment based indoors, inspired by ‘Mission Control’. The centrepiece for collaboration is a Microsoft Surface, running a bespoke application that supports collaborative interaction with data and hypotheses from the CMS, alongside mapping and file organisation functionality. On the walls are projections of information, and individual laptops are provided alongside other devices such as a scanner and speaker phone. This environment has been designed to support students to learn indoors, but with interaction with peers at a distant field site.
The Associative Scrapbook is an application to help you retain, arrange, develop and share ideas and materials for all kinds of creative and knowledge tasks.
At its heart is the metaphor of a physical scrapbook, used by many artists, designers, writers and other kinds creative practitioners to collect representations of ideas and inspirational material.
As this is software, it has other features that would not be possible with a physical scrapbook. You can – for example – work with multiple copies of a scrap, group or cut up scraps in various ways, find related material from the web and send pages or scraps to other people by email.
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Music Builder allows users to develop their own personalised musical instruments, or to develop collaborative structures such as working with a shared musical scale but different voices. The user defines how the system maps input from a range of pointer interactions to sound and is designed to work best with tablet computers, although it is compatible with other pointer based input devices.
Sonic Sketchpad allows users to record ideas and combine them in an unrestrictive environment based on the affordances of paper. More recently evaluated prototypes are networked systems, where Sonic Sketchpad provides a basis for co-located or distanced, synchronous or asynchronous collaborative musical composition. Sonic Sketchpad has also been integrated with MusicBuilder, forming a complete environment for music creation.