Trees of tales: designing playful interactions to enhance reading experiences

Al Aamri, F, Greuter, S and Walz, S 2015, 'Trees of tales: designing playful interactions to enhance reading experiences', in Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Interactive Technologies and Games (iTAG 2015), Nottingham, United Kingdom, 22-23 October 2015, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Trees of tales: designing playful interactions to enhance reading experiences
Author(s) Al Aamri, F
Greuter, S
Walz, S
Year 2015
Conference name iTAG 2015
Conference location Nottingham, United Kingdom
Conference dates 22-23 October 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Interactive Technologies and Games (iTAG 2015)
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication United States
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract The inclusion of interactive content has become commonplace in many reading applications for children. However, a growing body of research suggests that the inclusion of interactive content that is not tightly integrated into the narrative of the story may distract the attention of young children from the story's content and their understanding of the text and therefore requires careful consideration. This paper discusses the design of an interactive reading app for Omani children called Trees of Tales, which utilised a Mise en scène inspired game mechanic to facilitate playful and content related engagement with the e-book's narrative. We tested the reading app with 18 Omani children and their parents and compared it to printed storybooks and e-books with limited interactivity. Our study suggests that the Mise en scène approach in Trees of Tales enhanced the reading experiences of the children and motivated them to read more in the future.
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Keyword(s) Omani children
Playful interaction
Trees of Tales
Childrens e-books
Interactive reading application
Interactivity for comprehension
DOI - identifier 10.1109/iTAG.2015.13
Copyright notice © 2015 IEEE
ISBN 9781467378758
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