When children are in hospital for a period of time and are absent from the classroom, there is a risk that 'out of sight, out of mind' may contribute to the disconnection with school. There is, therefore, a need for a more effective approach to the provision of education support that utilises available technologies. This proof-of-concept research is trialing the creation of a presence for hospitalised children in their school classroom through the use of broadband-enabled ambient technologies. The ‘ambient orb’ has been effective in alert teachers and schoolmates to a hospitalized child’s desire to connect with their classroom and peers, without requiring the need to establish communication.
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