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VisciPad: Peeking into a Collaborative Creative Writing Project in Elementary School

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2 Author(s)
Vahakangas, T. ; Helsinki Inst. for Inf. Technol. HIIT, Univ. of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland ; Pyykko, J.

We describe an experimental setting of creative collaborative writing in an elementary school in Finland, among a group of 5th and 6th graders. They were provided with small portable computers ("netbooks") and ubiquitous access through WLAN and 3G to a collaborative writing service based on Ether Pad. The computers and service were used for three months to produce manuscripts for a musical. Our work is an exploratory characterization of the usage patterns and customs that emerged, as they can be detected post hoc from the automatically revisioned writings and online discussions.

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Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing (C5), 2012 10th International Conference on

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18-20 Jan. 2012