“Lucy’s always with us”: overcoming absence from school through ambient orb technology
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Green, J., Vetere, F., Nisselle, A., Dang, T., Deng, P. & Strong, G. (2011). “Lucy’s always with us”: overcoming absence from school through ambient orb technology. In S. Barton et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2011 (pp. 1851-1857). AACE.
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Abstract: When children are in hospital for a period of time and are absent from the classroom, there is a risk that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ may contribute to the disconnection with school. There is, therefore, a need for a more effective approach to the provision of education support that utilises available technologies. This proof-of-concept research is trialing the creation of a presence for hospitalised children in their school classroom through the use of broadband-enabled ambient technologies. The ‘ambient orb’ has been effective in alert teachers and schoolmates to a hospitalized child’s desire to connect with their classroom and peers, without requiring the need to establish communication.
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