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Mertala, P. (2019), Young children’s perceptions of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things. Br J Educ Technol. doi:10.1111/bjet.12821

Young children’s perceptions of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things

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Author: Mertala, Pekka1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, KTK 323, Oulu, 90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019061019682
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-11-23
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Abstract

Ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the Internet of things (IoT) are turning into everyday household technology at an ever‐increasing pace, for example, in the form of connected toys. However, while ubicomp and IoT are changing and shaping children’s digital and technological landscape, not much is known about how children perceive these omnipresent and concealed forms of digital technology. This qualitatively oriented paper explores 3‐ to 6‐year‐old Finnish children’s perceptions of ubicomp and IoT via interviews and a design task. Initially, the children were skeptical toward the idea that tangible objects, such as toys, could be computer and/or Internet enabled. However, these perceptions were subject to change when children were introduced to a scientific conception of what computers and the Internet are and asked to apply their knowledge to a technological design task. Implications for early years digital literacy education are discussed in the paper.

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Series: British journal of educational technology
ISSN: 0007-1013
ISSN-E: 1467-8535
ISSN-L: 0007-1013
Volume: Early View
DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12821
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/bjet.12821
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
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Copyright information: © 2019 British Educational Research Association. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mertala, P. (2019), Young children’s perceptions of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things. Br J Educ Technol. doi:10.1111/bjet.12821, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12821. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving