CITE: Collaborate Interactive Table for Education
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State University of New York
Innovative Instructional Technology Grants
Open Source Programs and Apps
AbstractWe have developed CITE (the Collaborative Interactive Tabletop for Education), which is a tangible user interface (TUI) that allows users to physically interact with data. Specifically, it allows users to manipulate on-screen data visualizations through the manipulation of hand-held tabletop objects. The system includes sound and touch features that considers users with visual impairments. Research has shown that TUI, such as CITE, enhance collaborative behavior, strengthen learning, and improve user experience. Unlike other systems of the same kind (such as the Microsoft Surface Hub 2 that starts at $3500), our model avoids using specialized hardware, making the technology adaptable and affordable. We constructed a prototype for CITE using commodity hardware and open-license software, and we created a website where we posted detailed instructions and links to our software so that anyone can build it.
DescriptionThe website is at https://datablocks.org/. Unfortunately, our work was interrupted by COVID-19 (since it is a tool for hands-on collaboration), and we weren't able to deploy and test our prototype. Without being able to test it, we had to delay publishing in a peer reviewed journal. Once the pandemic is over, we hope to start user-testing, implement campus-wide deployment, and publish our findings.
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