Designing a smart toy interactive setting for creating stories: From free play to story structure and reflection support

Silke ter Stal, Alejandro Catala*, Mariët Theune, Dennis Reidsma

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Abstract

Smart and robotic toys introduce more possibilities than ever for building interactive settings for playful learning. Here we explore their use for supporting the development of storytelling skills in children. Previous research on interactive storytelling prototypes has already shown their potential to this end. However, the focus has often been set on technical implementation issues or using very specialized hardware that may limit their potential to go outside the lab. The lack of a general and integrated application with off-the-shelf affordable components has encouraged our research on how to combine a tablet application with an existing smart robotic toy, so that it supports the creation of structured stories and children’s reflection on them. Thus, this paper reports on the design and development of a multimedia storytelling application that includes a smart robotic toy, adopting a user-centric approach with iterative design and user-testing cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation
Subtitle of host publication8th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2019, and 4th EAI International Conference, DLI 2019, Aalborg, Denmark, November 6–8, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages601-610
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030532932
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, ArtsIT 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Conference number: 8
https://www.en.aau.dk/events/event/artsit-2019---8th-eai-international-conference--artsit--interactivity---game-creation.cid409167

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume328 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

Conference8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, ArtsIT 2019
Abbreviated titleArtsIT 2019
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period6/11/198/11/19
OtherCo-located with 4rd EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation, DLI 2019
Internet address

Keywords

  • Application for primary school children
  • Interactive digital storytelling
  • Smart toys and robots
  • Structured narrative support

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