Once Upon a Tablet: A School Toy in the Making

Isabel Froes

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The current paper introduces the definitions of playful literacy and multimodal hyper-intertextuality, key concepts when researching children’s use of digital tablets. The pilot investigation, which took place in spring 2014 in
Denmark, is part of a larger cross-cultural comparative project exploring what emergent behaviors are present when preschool children use and play with tablets in their formal learning environments. In order to map the array of play and
usage of such devices for this research, after the first round of observations, the tablet taxonomy was outlined and has been applied as a guide for the subsequent rounds of data collection. The proposed definitions are a valuable contribution
to the field of multisensory interfaces, due to their pervasiveness on digital mobile platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Access to Learning, Health and Well-Being : 9th International Conference, UAHCI 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part III
Number of pages11
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-20683-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-20684-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Tablet
  • Play
  • Interaction Design
  • Intertextuality
  • Literacy
  • Education


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