PhD student Austin Cory Bart places 2nd in graduate Student Research Competition at SIGCSE 2013

Publish Date: 05/04/2013

PhD student Austin Cory Bart placed 2nd in the graduate Student Research Competition at SIGCSE 2013.  Cory's work was entitled "Wacky Writing: Enhancing the XO Laptop Platform to Motivate Creative Writing by Children."  Bart's advisors on this project are Lori Pollock at the University of Delaware and Eli Telivich (VT).  Bart describes his research: "Creative Writing is an important expression of creativity, and there currently exists no satisfactory Learning Software for the widely-distributed XO Laptop Platform to fill this niche. This study created two new Creative Writing Learning Activities for the XO Laptop and intervened in a classroom to test their effect on the Intrinsic Motivation of children to write creatively using the XO laptop. The quantitative and qualitative results indicate that children were motivated to write using the software, leading the way to further improvements to the software for future benefit."