Walsh, G., Druin, A., Guha, M., Foss, E., Golub, E., Hatley, L., Bonsignore, E., Franckel, S.
As technology for children becomes more mobile, social,
and distributed, our design methods and techniques must
evolve to better explore these new directions. This paper
reports on “Layered Elaboration,” a co-design technique
developed over the past year. Layered Elaboration allows
design teams to generate ideas through an iterative process
in which each version leaves prior ideas intact while
extending concepts. Layered Elaboration is a useful
technique as it enables co-design to take place
asynchronously and does not require much space or many
resources. Our intergenerational team used the technique to
design a prototype of an instructional game about energy
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