Re: FN#4 :draft#1:Oregon Trail, Victor left

From: Pablo Chavajay
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VisitDate: 00/00/96
Date: 28 Oct 1996
Time: 15:54:50
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Hi Jakob,

Your field note is very interesting and raises very important issues.

You wrote "In monday's debriefing we agreed that most games are too easy for the older kids like Victor and that they seem bored." Could you provide some evidence in terms of how the older kids find the games easy. Have you seen Victor or Filogono to play any game from the beggining to the end? It may be useful to consider the point that David raised the last Friday when he said that he hasn't observed any kid to play a game from the beginning to the end. What do you think?

Your wrote "there was a short fight (again with Filogono) about who was going to use the computer, which he won." What was your role as both Victor and Filogogo wanted to use the same computer?

You wrote "But when we came to the first passage where some thoughts and reading were required, Victor became uneasy and finally got up, telling me he had to leave. I asked him where he had to go, and whether he just didn't like the game. But he just went away. I waited for another kid to show up to play, but there weren't any." It would be helpful to describe what was your role during this particular interaction -whether you were telling Victor what to do or whether you were letting him to explore the game. Did you explain Victor what was the logic of the game? If so, how?

I think it is a good idea to find out whether Victor has similar reactions to other computer games that requires some reading.