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Connecting With Kids: A View Into the Future of Computer-Human Interaction and Education at CHI 2005: 2-7 April, Portland, Oregon

Connecting With Kids: A View Into the Future of Computer-Human Interaction and Education at CHI 2005: 2-7 April, Portland, Orego

NEW YORK, NY and PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/01/05 -- As more technologies make their way into children's schools, homes, and public places, the challenge is to design technologies that can keep up with the energy of children. Today's children are mobile, active beings who take for granted IM, iPods, and the Internet. "The educational community has embraced the use of computers as teaching tools, yet many institutions will simply install 'what everyone else is using' without questioning how technology can best be used to enhance education," says Dr. Allison Druin, (University of Maryland) panelist at CHI 2005.

In "Connecting with Kids: So What's New?" a panel of experts defining novel uses of computers to teach children will summarize their approaches to technology and education and present examples of new work. "With the growing influence of interactive technologies on childhood and education, it is important to be deliberate and thoughtful about the designs and content," cautions Druin.

What are the best interaction designs for enhancing learning? Find out at CHI 2005, www.chi2005.org, 2-7 April in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

"Along with Connecting with Children, CHI 2005 has selected panels of experts, ranging from Outsourcing and Offshoring to ROI and Usability, because they represent important issues," notes Gerrit van der Veer, (Vrije Universiteit, NL) CHI 2005 General Chair. The conference features a six day program including tutorials, panels, papers, vendor exhibits, networking opportunities and keynote presentations by Randy Pausch of Carnegie-Mellon University and Michel Waisvisz of STEIM (STudio for Electro-Instrumental Music). Approximately 2000 participants from over 40 countries will join to debate, discuss and design the future of human-computer interaction from 2-7 April at the Portland, Oregon Convention Center. Attendance is open to all with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction. Register now and save on conference fees.

CHI conferences are sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). In addition to ACM, various organizations in the technology industry support the CHI conference. The CHI 2005 Champion sponsors include: America Online, Microsoft, OSTG, SAP AG, Tektronix and Yahoo! Inc.

For more information, contact:
[email protected]
consult http://www.chi2005.org

CHI2005 Media Coordinator:
Rosemary W. Stevens
Tel: +1 (650) 494-2800
e-mail: [email protected]

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