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The Department Of Hidden Stories: Playful Digital Storytelling for Children in a Public Library

Lookup NU author(s): Gavin Wood, Dr John Vines, Dr Madeline Balaam, Dr Nick TaylorORCiD, Tom Smith, Dr Clara Crivellaro, Juliana Mensah, Dr Helen Limon, Dr John Challis, Gladys -, Dr Annemarie Clarke, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright


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We detail the design of the Department of Hidden Stories (DoHS), a mobile-based game to support playful digital storytelling among primary school children in public libraries. Through a process of iterative design in collaboration with library staff and children's writers we designed DoHS to support the potential for playful storytelling through interactions with books. A deployment of DoHS with two classes of 8 to 10 years olds as part of their regular library visits revealed insights related to how to balance the expectations of a child-at-play and the requirement to further develop their creative reading and writing skills. Based on our experiences we recommend that designers create playful digitally based activities that encourage children to explore libraries and experience new interactions with physical books.

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Author(s): Wood G, Vines J, Balaam M, Taylor N, Smith T, Crivellaro C, Mensah J, Limon H, Challis J, Anderson L, Clarke A, Wright PC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 1885-1894

Online publication date: 26/04/2014

Acceptance date: 26/04/2014

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557034

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Series Title: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

ISBN: 9781450324731