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Using developmental theories to inform the design of technology for children

Wyeth, Peta & Purchase, Helen C. (2003) Using developmental theories to inform the design of technology for children. In MacFarlane, Stuart, Nicol, Tony, Read, Janet, & Snape, Linda (Eds.) Proceedings of ACM IDC03, ACM, Preston, England, pp. 93-100.

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Abstract

Electronic Blocks are a new programming environment, designed specifically for children aged between three and eight years. As such, the design of the Electronic Block environment is firmly based on principles of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. The Electronic Blocks are physical, stackable blocks that include sensor blocks, action blocks and logic blocks. Evaluation of the Electronic Blocks with both preschool and primary school children shows that the blocks' ease of use and power of engagement have created a compelling tool for the introduction of meaningful technology education in an early childhood setting. The key to the effectiveness of the Electronic Blocks lies in an adherence to theories of development and learning throughout the Electronic Blocks design process.

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ID Code: 41355
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Electronic Blocks, early childhood
DOI: 10.1145/953536.953550
ISBN: 158113732X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 ACM
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2011 08:37
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 02:56

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