Reassembling home-work: Mixing “newer” and “older” technologies in home learning environments

Deborah Silvis, Katie Headrick Taylor, Reed Stevens

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Home is the original place for children’s learning and a vital site for studying new technological practices. Families’ uses of new technologies present questions and opportunities for research at the intersection of family life, learning, and technology. With so much to do, how do families make use of emerging technologies to accomplish everyday tasks? Drawing on an ethnography of families’ media engagement, this paper examines the nature of young people’s assigned tasks at home. Through analysis of interactions between children, parents, the home setting, and material resources, we develop a theory of learning that accounts for how newer and older technological forms are reassembled in everyday tasks like homework and chores. We discuss how, through mixing media, repurposing space, and remote assistance families make home “work” with technology. These reassembly processes collapse tools, nesting old and new media together in ways that are increasingly relevant for designing learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-759
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2018Jun 27 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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