The Use of a Large Multi-Touch Surface for Classroom Education.
surfaces and devices have made their way into educational settings in large touch format
such as SMART Board®, as well as smaller formats such as the Apple iPad®.
While these devices are successful in the classroom, their uses are limited by their
design. The Playsurface is a large format multi-touch surface which uses image
processing instead of resistive and capacitive techn... read moreologies to allow any object that
reflects infrared light to be detected and tracked by the table. This design difference
coupled with the upright, table-top format promotes multiple simultaneous users
interacting with the table using more than physical touches. This thesis focuses on the
development of educational applications utilizing tangible objects that are aimed at
stimulating student engagement and collaboration between group members. Three
educational applications were developed: two investigate the motion of objects and the
third investigates robotic control theories. These applications were tested in two high
school classrooms with a total of 12 participants. The feedback and suggestions from
this testing are used to advise future work on the use of tangible objects in
conjunction with multi-touch surfaces in
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Advisors: Christopher Rogers, and Ethan Danahy.
Committee: Chistopher Rogers, Ethan Danahy, and Daniel Hannon.
Keywords: Mechanical engineering, and Education.read less