Second Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI 2009)

Cambridge, MA, USA
November 5, 2009

Whole Body Interaction for Child-Centered Multimodal Language Learning

Berto Gonzalez, John Borland, Kathleen Geraghty

Center for Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Children engage with the world with their whole bodies, and we suggest here that during dialect learning, as during other learning activities, technology be capable of responding in whole body ways. As the child becomes more engaged in a shared-reality environment, the coordination of the whole-body behaviors between the VP and child should increase, thereby enhancing the experience. In this paper, we present our work on developing a virtual agent that embodies whole-body behaviors and a sharedreality environment that encourages children to use whole-body expression in the context of learning dialect, and science talk.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gonzalez, Berto / Borland, John / Geraghty, Kathleen (2009): "Whole body interaction for child-centered multimodal language learning", In WOCCI-2009, 77-81.