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

Wood, Gavin, Anderson, Linda, Clarke, Adam, Wright, Peter, Vines, John, Balaam, Madeline, Taylor, Nick, Smith, Thomas, Crivellaro, Clara, Mensah, Juliana, Limon, Helen and Challis, John (2014) The department of hidden stories: Playful digital storytelling for children in a public library. In: Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14. ACM, New York, pp. 1885-1894. ISBN 9781450324731

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Storytelling; play; children’s library; augmenting books
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 09:29
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:19

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