Out of touch: An investigation of the disconnect between ‘educational’ app design and research
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This paper considers the design of tablet applications that promote reading development features in relation to current educational theory and research on the learning and development of children aged 3 - 7. As children read, interact and view content on mobile devices it has become evident that digital technologies are shaping early literacy practices. The features and functions of ‘educational’ reading applications are reflective of how their designers and developers believe children learn. Many existing applications seem to be out of touch with learning theory and this paper responds with a design approach that is adapted to produce conceptual prototypes which translate aspects of learning theory into app features.