Ashlee Milton, Emiliana Murgia, Monica Landoni, Theo Huibers, and Maria Soledad Pera. 2019. “Here, There, and Everywhere: Building a Scaffolding for Children’s Learning Through Recommendations”. In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on the Impact of Recommender Systems co-located with the 13th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (ImpactRS 2019).
Reading and literacy are on the decline among children. This is compounded by the fact that children have trouble with the discovery of resources that are appropriate, diverse, and appealing. With technology becoming an evermore presence in children’s lives, tools that can minimize choice overload and ease access to online resources become a must. A powerful but underutilized tool in regards to children that could assist in this situation is a recommender system (RS). We posit that RS could be used to impact children’s learning, using them to not only suggest what children might like but what they need in regards to learning. At the same time, if scoped inappropriately, outcomes from RS could be used to alter children’s outlook. The goal instead is to strive for RS that offer suggestions based off children’s evolving knowledge, preferences, reading level, etc., so that with the proper intervention from an expert-in-the-loop (e.g., parents/teachers) could impact not only children’s educational performance, but help them to reach the goal of learning to learn.