In Scotland and Spain Mike Horn Shares Research on Interactive Learning Technologies

In Scotland and Spain Mike Horn Shares Research on Interactive Learning Technologies

Mike Horn

Assistant professor Michael Horn's innovations in interactive learning with emerging technologies took him to Europe recently as he contributed to sharing research in the field. Horn co-organized an international conference in Scotland and presented at a conference in Spain.

Horn was co-chair of the program committee for the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland, in October. The conference is a respected forum for research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies.

He co-led the program committee of 30 members from nine countries in planning paper presentations, demonstrations, poster sessions, symposia and workshops in a variety of areas. These included design innovations, software, hardware and projects that increase understanding of interactive tabletops and surfaces. Horn also co-chaired the final paper session where the best paper was awarded.

Earlier in the year, Horn presented a paper at the Seventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedding and Embodied Interaction. This conference, which presents the latest results in the field of computer interaction, was held in Barcelona.

Horn’s presentation was “The Role of Cultural Forms in Tangible Interaction Design.” He discussed cultural factors affecting tangible interaction design, an emerging technology that can be used for innovative learning designs.

“Research in tangible interaction attempts to blur the line between digital technology and the broader physical, social, and cultural worlds within which computer use is situated,” says Horn.

Horn is an assistant professor in the Learning Sciences program at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. His research considers the intersection of human-computer interaction and learning with a focus on thoughtful uses of emerging technologies in diverse learning settings.

Some of Horn's recent projects have included an investigation of multi-touch tabletops in natural history museums and the use of tangible programming languages in kindergarten classrooms and science museums. The Life on Earth project he co-created is on exhibit at four museums across the United States, and the Robot Park exhibit is at the Boston Museum of Science. Projects with Tern tangible computer language help young children learn programming by using wooden blocks to represent actions for robots to perform.

Horn earned his PhD in computer science at Tufts University working in the departments of Computer Science and Child Development. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Brown University. He has also worked as a software engineer for Classroom Connect and iRobot Corporation.

Global initiatives are a priority for the School of Education and Social Policy to extend its resources and address important education issues worldwide.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/21/13