Defining Childhood in the Age of Tech

Defining Childhood in the Age of Tech

acm.jpgResearchers explored the meaning of childhood in a tech-infused world during the Association for Computer Machinery’s annual Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference at Northwestern University.

Chaired by Michael Horn, professor of learning sciences at the School of Education and Social Policy and professor of computer science at the McCormick School of Engineering, the five-day conference asked researchers, practitioners, graduate students––and young people themselves–– to critically examine the pervasive role of technology in children’s daily lives, from education and learning to entertainment and health.

“I was especially excited to have high school students join us from across the country to share their work,” said Horn (pictured left),horn-400.jpg who codirects the Center for Computer Science and Learning Sciences with Uri Wilensky, the Lorraine Morton Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science; and Chris Riesbeck, associate professor of computer science at Northwestern Engineering.

Sessions during the June conference covered augmented and virtual reality, computational and data literacy, child safety and wellbeing, natural language processing, robotics, co-design, multisensory learning, and more.


Full coverage in this story by Michelle Mahoney.

By SESP News
Last Modified: 7/26/23