We will describe the design process of the How was School Today...? – in the Wild system which uses sensor data, voice recordings from school staff, and other information to automatically create interactive narrative utterances on the user's VOCA that they can edit and use to talk about their school day experiences. The user-centred design methods applied will be described and the challenges and results discussed.
During the design process, ethnographic studies in two schools, evaluations of prototypes at different development stages with school children, their parents and staff as well as workshops for parents and professionals were carried out. Two prototype systems were implemented and trialled for a number of weeks in two schools.
The evaluations showed:
- importance of a user-centred design process;
- the system could be used successfully to support the participants to talk about their school day;
- impact of additional staff training on the success of personal narrative activities.
A system with automatically generated utterances based on sensor data can be used to support personal narrative in a school environment. The implementation of a high-tech system in this special environment requires specific additional training of all stakeholders.