ERIC Number: EJ1059275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
One Screen, Many Fingers: Young Children's Collaborative Literacy Play with Digital Puppetry Apps and Touchscreen Technologies
Wohlwend, Karen E.
Theory Into Practice, v54 n2 p154-162 2015
This article examines the digital literacy practices that emerge when young children play together with digital apps on touchscreen devices. Children's collaborative composing with a digital puppetry app on a touchscreen--with many hands all busy dragging, resizing, and animating puppet characters, and many voices making sound effects, narrating, directing, and objecting--appears aimless, chaotic, and in sharp contrast to the orderly matching activities in prevalent letter and word recognition apps that dominate early childhood educational software. The crowded collaboration around a single touchscreen looks messy but produces a complex text built with (a) touches, swipes, and other embodied actions that make up digital literacy practices; (b) sensory or multimodal layers of colorful images, dialogue, sound effects, and movement that make up animated stories; and (c) negotiation and pooling of children's individual story ideas for shared pretense that make up playful collaboration--all contained on a 9.7 inch screen.
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technology Uses in Education, Young Children, Puppetry, Educational Technology, Computer Oriented Programs, Cooperative Learning, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Kindergarten, Play
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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