The Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill, is part of the Developmental and Clinical Psychology Group.
We are interested in how technology can be used to understand and support children working and playing together, at school and at home, in typical and atypical development, with peers, with parents and with teachers.
An underlying theme of our work is the role of social interaction and collaboration in learning and development. How do interactions between peers support learning? How do parents scaffold children's learning at home? What role do teachers play in developing mastery and independence in children's approaches to learning? And how might technology be used creatively and innovatively to support these interactions?
Nicola Yuill to be keynote speaker at the Open University Annual Conference in 2015
NEW! ESRC-funded Digital Bubbles seminar series on autism and technology: 28th November, Kevin Durkin to speak: sign up now!
Nicola Yuill, Sam Holt, Chris Girvan and Stefan Kreitmayer presented SCoSS and ComfyBirds at the ITASD Paris conference .
Find out more about the ChatLab by watching this Science Uncovered video.
Congratulations to our Nuffield bursary student, Kane Steggles, whose paper on language alignment was accepted for the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition.
Research from the ChatLab showing how technology engages children’s attention and makes them more co-operative is discussed in the article in the Standard Supertask me: is the digital world turning kids into junkies or making them smarter?, A fuller version is found in the December edition of Wired.
Our two recent public information sessions were very successful, with record numbers and many messages of appreciation: the BPS Wessex branch Digital Bubbles event, on autism and technology, and the TERENCE project dissemination event including a talk from Nicola Yuill on how to support children's reading comprehension.