Investigation of 3- to 4-year-old children's interaction with literacy teaching apps

Gretchen Geng, Leigh Disney

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This study investigated use of iPad apps in young children's literacy learning. This study has two phases: app appraisal phase, and the child play phase. In the app appraisal phase, this study chose five available apps from the iTune recommended website. A GIARS rating scale was used to appraise the chosen apps in 10 areas in GIARS: age appropriateness, contextual environment, spatial design, seamlessness, scaffolding, non-violence, process orientation, real world model, and the anatomy of a gesture. In the child play phase, five 3-4 year old young children were observed while playing the apps to learn literacy. Early childhood educators and technician app developers will find this paper useful in conceptualising appropriate apps in young children's literacy learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2015
EditorsHiroaki Ogata, Weiqin Chen, Siu Cheung Kong, Feiyue Qiu
Place of PublicationIshikawa Japan
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9784990801458
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computers in Education 2015 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 30 Nov 20154 Dec 2015
Conference number: 23rd


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computers in Education 2015
Abbreviated titleICCE 2015


  • Apps
  • Literacy learning
  • Young children

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