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MSc Creative Digital Media - Interactive Book for Kids Learning to Read - exit (viva) pres january 2013

  1. 1. Cónal McGovernMSc. Creative Digital Media Thursday 17th Jan 2013
  2. 2. Fionndel and NuggsInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  3. 3. Traditional Books:Oxford Reading Tree: Chip and Biff Series - Traditional Books: On the National Curriculum for Juniorand Senior Infants in Britain and Ireland. Tried, tested and proven. Easy access for a child.Traditional School Reading/ExercisesInitial source for Fionndel and Nuggs project ideaInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  4. 4. OverviewAn interactive book for the iPad that is aimed at helping children learn to read. Target group: broadly at 5 to 7 years olds (and their parents) Specifically at 6 to 7 year olds Reading Level: First Class (some advanced senior infants) Equivalent of stages: 7 to 9 Oxford Reading Tree Learning approach: Learning through play Phonics Whole Language Listening Reading Promoting: Vocabulary Meaning Comprehension Reading Fluency ConfidenceInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  5. 5. OverviewContent Fictional story 2 Chapters + 3 exercises (current version) Balanced approach to interactivity/narrative: Touch/Tap/Drag only Word sounding/blending Voiceover Exercises: Memory Match game Sentence building Word searchInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  6. 6. Q15-14 - Security Q15-13 Progress Tracking Q15-12 Instant Feed Back Q15-11 Help/Assistance Q15-10 Games Q15-9 Word Exercises Q15-8 Voice Recognition Q15-7 Narration Q15-6 Illustration Series1 Q15-5 Animation Q15- Story/Narrative Q15-3 Personalisation Q15-2 Interactivity Q15-1 Phonics 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Question 15 - Elements that might be found in Interactive Book that Teaches Kids to read (Highest score top priority)Elements to Interactive BookSurvey ResultsInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  7. 7. App FlowchartInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  8. 8. iPad Interactive Books for Kids:Story Toys Snow White (tested) - separatesstory narrative from interactive pagesSmarty Pants School (tested) - reading exercisesand assessmentsSelfish Giant (tested) - very interactive, verypopular with child, interactions appeared todistract from the storiesNosy Crow (reviewed) - very popular with pre-schoolers, good interactions, strong educationalvalue but not necessary for literacyApps for iPad (tested, observed, reviewed)Competitive ReviewInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  9. 9. Fionndel and Nuggsand the Tale of theMissing ElephantRecorded Script/Narrative Story: 3 Chapters (38 pages/screens, 1,321 words) 399 Unique Words sounded/blended 3 Exercises (35 separate feedback responses) How this Book Works (203 words) Video Tutorial (541) 28 Word Definitions word sounded out meaning given alternative use example (in context)
  10. 10. Illustration StyleEarly designsInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  11. 11. Illustration StyleInfluencesInteractive Learning to Read Story Book
  12. 12. Illustration StyleFinal App StyleInteractive Learning to Read Story Book
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  18. 18. Coding the AppCorona Labs - LuaInteractive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  19. 19. Improvements In the short term the focus will be on removing bugs, improving the UX for the exercises, and enabling user instructions: I. Remove know bug that causes app to crash II. Sentence Building exercise: add ‘drag and drop’ functionality III. Sentence Building exercise: allow for checking of partially built sentence IV. Word Search exercise: allow tap/touch to select letters V. Word Search exercise: allow letters to be selected in any order VI. Word Search exercise: allow for multiple words to be checked simultaneously VII. Word Search exercise: increase words in grid VIII. How this book works: create instructional video and incorporate into appFuture Work - Short TermChildren and LearningInteractive Story Book for kids Learning to Read
  20. 20. Improvements 10.2 Medium term In the medium term the focus will be on completing chapter 3 and adding new exercises. I. Complete illustrations for chapter 3 II. Create three more exercises that examine comprehension and meaning III. Integrate parental settings: disable Read-to-Me, disable exercises, specify words for Word Search exercise, progress report IV. Add audio effects for sensory feedback to all exercisesFuture Work - Medium TermChildren and LearningInteractive Story Book for kids Learning to Read
  21. 21. MarketingSo much to do... I’ll have a cup of tea first.Interactive Story Book for Kids Learning to Read
  22. 22. Lawrence, Lynne, Montessori: Read and Write, A Parent’s Guide to Literacy for Children, Three Rivers Press1998 Stevens, Chris, Designing for the iPad: Building Applications that Sell, Wiley, 2011 Guardian: article re gender balance in children’s books http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s- literature Reading Schemes - Kieran O’Regan Educational Agencies Accessed April 2012 http://kieranoreganeducational.com/reading-schemes.html Access November 2011 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/booksy-learn-to-read-platform/id454984042? mt=8 Starfalls Learn to Read with phonics Accessed April 2012 http://www.starfall.com/ Accessed in November 2011 geeklish: kids books on iPad http://brodiebeta.com/2010/06/16/list-of-interactive-childrens-books-for-the- Reading Wars: Phonics vs. Whole Language ipad/ http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/Reading_Wars.html Accessed April 2012 Accessed October 2011 Geekdad: ‘...bedtime read?’ Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Advancing Childrens Learning in a Digital Age http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/a-quiet-read/ http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/ Accessed March 2012 Accessed October 2011 David Maybury (Illustrator) http://www.davidmaybury.ie/journal/?p=10118 Accessed march 2012 childrensillustrators http://www.childrensillustrators.com/ Accessed February 2012ReferencesPublications used in researchInteractive Story Book for kids Learning to Read

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