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ERIC Number: EJ895936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Physical World Hyperlinking: Can Computer-Based Instruction in a K-6 Educational Setting Be Easily Accessed through Tangible Tagged Objects
Parton, Becky Sue; Hancock, Robert; Mihir, Mihir
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v21 n2 p257-272 Apr 2010
This paper examined multiple types of physical world hyperlinking hardware configurations for the purpose of determining an optimal reader/tag combination for K-6 student use. Both traditional barcode tags and two types of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags were placed on tangible items. Students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade (n=96) were asked to scan the objects using three different readers. The time required for a successful scan, as indicated by the launch of the associated multimedia presentation, was recorded. Findings suggest that low-cost RFID tags/readers may be easier to use in an educational setting than traditional low-cost barcode tags/readers. There was little variation among the RFID readers, however the smaller tags were more difficult for younger children to identify thus increasing the time required for a successful scan. This study indicates that RFID technologies are a viable approach to creating environments with tangible real-world objects enhanced by computer-based instructional materials. (Contains 6 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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