Preschool-Centered Design: Creating and Selecting Websites to Suit the Cognitive Development of Preschoolers
Jaime Gutierrez, Education Development Center, Inc., United States ; Brianna Hightower, Education Development Center, Inc, United States ; Brita Bookser, Breniel Lemley, SRI International, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
As teaching evolves with the next generation of learners, much attention is directed toward understanding the role of media in supporting innovative teaching and learning. Previous studies have examined the effects of providing preschool classrooms with access to digital media, yet little is known about how young children interact with the entry points (i.e. websites) to digital content. This paper will discuss the rationale and design process used to create a website for a research study that examined young children’s use of digital media at home. Of primary concern are seven specific aspects of web design that can be tailored to provide three- to five-year-old children with a digital environment that promotes autonomy and enhances engagement. Teachers and parents may harness learning opportunities for young children when selecting from curated content in thoughtfully planned digital environments.
Gutierrez, J., Hightower, B., Bookser, B. & Lemley, B. (2015). Preschool-Centered Design: Creating and Selecting Websites to Suit the Cognitive Development of Preschoolers. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1632-1636). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 6, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/150217/.
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