The department of hidden stories: Playful digital storytelling for children in a public library

Gavin Wood, John Vines, Madeline Balaam, Nick Taylor, Thomas Smith, Clara Crivellaro, Juliana Mensah, Helen Limon, John Challis, Linda Anderson, Adam Clarke, Peter Wright

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages1885-1894
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450324731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014 - Toronto, Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
http://chi2014.acm.org/

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14
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