Educational games for early childhood: Using tabletop surface computers for teaching the Arabic alphabet

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos, Zeinab Ibrahim, Andreas Karatsolis

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Abstract

This paper presents initial evaluation regarding the use of simple educational games on tabletop surface computers to teach Kindergarten students in Qatar the Arabic alphabet. This effort is part of the "Arabiyyatii" research project, a 3-year endeavor aimed to teach 5-year-olds Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The paper describes a naturalistic study design, following the activities of 18 students for a period of 9 weeks in the project. All students were native speakers of the Qatari dialect and they were early users of similar surface technologies. The paper presents three of the games available to the students, along with data collected from system log files and class observations. Result analysis suggests that these kinds of games could be useful in (a) enhancing students' engagement in language learning, (b) increasing their exposure to MSA, and (c) developing their vocabulary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2015 - 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings
EditorsJames Uhomoibhi, Markus Helfert, Maria Teresa Restivo, Susan Zvacek
PublisherSCITEPRESS
Pages130-138
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581076
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 May 201525 May 2015
Conference number: 7
http://www.csedu.org/?y=2015

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period23/05/1525/05/15
Internet address

Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Educational games
  • Language learning
  • Modern standard Arabic
  • Tabletop surface computer

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