During my design process, many times I asked myself if I was working on a lot of features to help a student with ADD to have a better reading experience. I nailed a focused interface and a feature to help students to stay tuned and on track while reading. But a better reading experience does not rely on only on reading tools, there are other complementary activities that keep students motivate and help them to stay engaged that reflect in the ultimate goal of reading: comprehension.

One complimentary feature that users and strangers supported is the mind map. I felt…


In this post, I wanted to summarize my research and ideation process.

Problem space
Inattentive ADHD or ADD makes it difficult for students to concentrate; when they find something to be difficult, they are more easily distracted; at high school age, their responsibilities and workload at school begin to increase drastically.

Inattentive ADHD students of high school struggle in reading comprehension because it is difficult for them to concentrate and control their impulsiveness. When they find the task difficult, it results in constant distractions. …


Tracking Distraction and testing vibration alert response

I did this series of a prototype, I decided to test my assumption: if we find a way to bring a student’s attention back to their reading task, we can help them finish. Monitoring is a practice that teachers often do in the classroom. And this special true for ADD students, that need to be constant reminders what to do and turn back their attention to a task.

Testing feature for tracking distractions

In this second of user testing, I would like to bold my research of defining distracting behaviors, predicting distractions in body signals, and experimenting with different types of alerts.

My goals with this second round of user observation:

  • Identify and defining…


Synthesis of classmate feedbacks about my prototype of tracking distractions and alert responses

Last class, I presented the result of my first prototype test section and me synthesis their comments to iterate and to think about the next steps. What the most caught my attention was the suggestion to consider exploring another way to maintain focus. What are the other best practices that it is outside in workplace that raise productivity and even other techniques of concentration that might be applied?

Suggestions

Suggestions of features

  • Features that measure how much information they retain;
    Question: Did you consider metrics like How much information they retain?
  • Consider offering to the user a variety of alerts sounds…

Problem Space

Inattentive ADHD makes it difficult for them to concentrate; when they find something to be difficult, they are more easily distracted; at the age of 12–18, their responsibilities and workload at school begin to increase drastically.

Inattentive ADHD students of the middle and high school struggle in reading comprehension because it is difficult for them to concentrate and control their impulsiveness. When they find the task difficult, it results in constant distractions. Moreover, they struggle to remember details and to organize their thoughts which impacts in their reading comprehension.

Problems in reading comprehension affect their academic success since…


Education started in civilizations in Egypt and Babylonia. More complex were their society, more complicated was imparting knowledge in a traditional way like directly person to person. Their growth by rises of trades, complex governments, and wills to preserve their religion brought the need of ways to transmit their knowledge. So writing was invented by about 3100 BC to transmit, accumulate and record their cultural heritage.

In Ancient Greece and Rome, the goal of education was to prepare a child for adult activities as a citizen. However, they diverged in the meaning of a good citizen. In Greece, the goal…


Imagine Cluster Critique
I teamed up with Yumeng and Xiaoxi and they critiqued my image cluster. They talk accurately about the elderly topic and the education image cluster was not clear to them. They could not figure out the topic, neither the group-focus. I needed to find more precise images that represent my intentions for this group and I test with my best friend Serena, later.

I felt that my classmates are more interested in my development of retirement/elderly. They shared personal examples of how their moms and grandmothers are living after retirement, as many younger interviewers.


When I was accepted into my MFA, I had a willing to develop my thesis in Education. Learning is one of my favorite activities and it is the process that we always go through to get knowing something no matter the subject. However, after doing other projects in the first year of the program and getting in touch with others tech possibilities, I got also interested in elderly, social innovation and sustainability.

Learning is one of my favorite activities since I was a child; however, I needed to find my own way to understand some new information. I remember that…


I learned from two colleague how much I want to give me the permission to offer with freedom. But it does not happen suddenly. I learned from other people’s experiences to finally be hit and understand what I need to learn in order to acquire this piece of advice “It’s not an experiment if you know what’s going to happen.”

The first person that I learned with was Kate Styer. In her blog, she posted Egos and Answers when she honestly shared her lessons from Challenge #2. In this post, she talks about her feelings and personal debates while learning…


A years ago I had a different lifestyle. The year was 2014. I lived close to my work, in a good neighborhood in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. I had a smartphone with an unlimited data plan. I used to go to a good gym, and worked with a personal trainer. I was careful about what I ate — mostly food with low sugar and fat, and a lot of vegetables. The sugar that I ate was only from fresh or dried fruits. It was costly, but I could keep up my healthy diet since I did not…

Glenda Capdeville

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