WG5 Report “DigiLitEY Research Methods Think Tank”

Originally posted on DigiLitEY Methods Corner:
This document reports the main discussion points arising from a two-day DigiLitEY COST Action Think Tank held in Madrid. We invited leading researchers from across Europe who are specialists in young children’s digital literacies. The aim was to share and debate perspectives in relation to current and future research…

Point of view camera

Originally posted on DigiLitEY Methods Corner:
In this video, Jackie Marsh (School of Education, University of Sheffield) discusses the use of a point of view camera in capturing data with young children. Cameras are a powerful tool in capturing children’s social worlds. Point-of-view cameras have a particular function as they are wearable such as on…

Multimodal ethnography

Originally posted on DigiLitEY Methods Corner:
In this video, Rosie Flewitt (UCL Institute of Education, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy) presents the advantages and challenges of using multimodal ethnography in researching digital literacy practices of young children and how she uses it in her research. Flewitt contends in the video that ethnography enables us to…

Mediated discourse analysis

Originally posted on DigiLitEY Methods Corner:
In this video, Karen Wohlwend (School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington) discusses the use of mediated discourse analysis in her research with elementary school children and their teachers. In one of her articles (Wohlwend, 2014), Wohlwend defines mediated discourse analysis (MDA) as “an action-oriented approach to critical discourse analysis…

“How it works that game?”

Preschoolers’ Agency in Technology Supported Language Learning Activities Nathaly Gonzalez-Acevedo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain That technology is part of very young children’s lives is not new, however, how they interact with it is still an area that is under exploration. In this line, research is interested in how children make sense of technology and…

Supporting children’s digital literacy from kindergarten – a priority for schools

Stephane Chaudron, European Commission, Joint Research Centre ©AdobeStock_Africa Studio Schools are instrumental for promoting healthy and meaningful use of digital devices at school but also at home. Indeed, using digital technologies for learning in schools improves parents’ perceptions of these technologies, which in turn helps children’s digital learning and supports a healthier and more meaningful…

ITC Conference Grant – 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference

Cristina Sylla In the scope of the ITC Conference Grant for Early Career Investigators to participate in Conferences, funded by the Cost Action ‘DigiLitEY’ digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children, chaired by Prof. Jackie Marsh, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference, taking place…

Digital stories & young children as empowered museum visitors

Zeljka Miklosevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia Art museums as places of informal learning engage young children and foster cultural and social inclusion through a multimodal app. In most cases, young children go to art museums as part of (pre)school trips and they are often segregated from the gallery space into a room where they participate…

Shared Book Reading with tablets

Merel de Bondt, PhD-Student at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam In many western countries the majority of households own a tablet and children play with them. Even the youngest children know how to swipe. Without adults, toddlers will however use tablets primarily for uneducated fun – watching YouTube movies and playing games. But where do you…

Mixed Reality Play in the LEGO House

Originally posted on Playing the Archive:
Children’s playworlds are a complex interweaving of physical and digital dimensions, with the border areas between ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ becoming increasingly blurred. The popularity of apps like Pokémon Go and the growing use of these apps by young children suggest that mixed reality play is an expanding area. In…

Toddlers and touchscreens: A parent’s guide

Scrolling stories. Shutterstock Natalia Kucirkova, UCL and Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield Mixing toddlers and touchscreens can be a tricky – not to mention sticky – situation for today’s parents. Adults often find themselves glued to their smart phones and tablet – and aren’t sure what to do when it comes to sharing those devices…