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ERIC Number: ED398897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 42
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Introducing Interactive Multimedia to Young Children: A Case Study of How Two-Year-Olds Interact with the Technology.
Jones, Margie; Liu, Min
Interactive multimedia programs have found their way into the hands of young children. This case study attempts to determine how two year old children interact with interactive multimedia technology, and addresses the following questions: is it appropriate to include the interactive multimedia technology in the same context as other objects like sand, books, water, toys, and television for children as young as two years old?; can two year old children use interactive multimedia programs?; and, how young is too young for children to be introduced to the technology? An interactive multimedia program was developed for this purpose and used with children two years of age. The results showed that children two to three years of age can engage in computer interactions. It appears, however, that purposeful and meaningful interactions may not begin until the child is approximately two and a half years old. Prior knowledge has a strong role in a very young child's computer experience. Human interaction is shown to be vital to help these young children understand the computer environment. The keyboard seems to be the most appropriate input device for two to three year old children. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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