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Digital Libraries for Children:
Computational Tools that Support Children as Researchers

The University of Maryland has begun a partnership with elementary school children (ages 5-10) and teachers from Yorktown Elementary School to develop a children’s digital library environment containing rich multimedia resources.  Our project will develop visual interfaces that support young children in querying, browsing, and organizing multimedia information.  In doing so, we will work with children as “design partners” to develop new digital library technologies that support the learning challenges of young children.  Throughout our design experience, we hope to understand how new technologies can have an effect on learning, communicating, and collaborating in school environments.

This 3-year research project is supported by the
National Science Foundation's Digital Library Initiative-2

Project Description......When we began......How we work with children.....Technology Development.....Download KidPad

Our Project Team:

Our digital collection of video, text and images is being developed with the generous support of the Discovery Channel, the Patuxant Wild Life Research Center, and the Baltimore Learning Community/Maryland Electronic Learning Community project (BLC/MELC), a Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The BLC/MELC project, a collaboration between the Baltimore City Public School System, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University as well as several private sector partners, is designed to investigate how an electronic learning community could be created around the development and use of a multimedia digital library for teacher-generated lesson plans and activities.

For more information on our research, contact:
Professor Allison Druin: