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How to design a digital storytelling authoring tool for developing pre-reading and pre-writing skills

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In the paper we describe an exploration into the design of an authoring tool to support the creation of multimedia stories. We explicitly targeted children with no reading or writing skills and their educators. Children in this age group often enjoy reading and creating stories together with adults and in so doing develop important pre-literacy skills. Literature suggests that when children play an active role in these activities, with a high level of engagement and interaction, there is a significant increase in their vocabulary acquisition and an improvement in their communication skills. Thus, we investigated these issues by conducting an explorative study in a pre-school class with fifteen children and three teachers. Here, we describe the emerging challenges and provide design directions for an authoring system to support the co-creation of stories for pre-literate children. © 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

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Author was employed at another UK HEI at the time of submission and was deposited at Lincoln University Repository, see link http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/30902/