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HCIL-2010-31

Bonsignore, E. (February 2010)
The Use of StoryKit: Design Implications for Intergenerational Mobile Storytelling
HCIL-2010-31

Todayís mobile devices are natively equipped with multimedia means for families to capture and share their daily experiences. However, designing authoring tools that effectively integrate the discrete media-capture components of mobile devices to enable rich expression remains a challenge. This paper details the observed use of StoryKit, a mobile application that integrates multimodal media-capture tools to support the creation of multimedia stories on an iPhone/iPod Touch. The primary objectives of this study were to explore the ways in which applications like StoryKit enable families to create and share stories; and to investigate how the created stories themselves might inform the design of and learning potential for mobile storytelling applications. Its results suggest that StoryKitís relatively simple but well-integrated interface enables the creation of vibrant, varied narratives. Further, its portability supported the complementary coconstruction and spontaneous, playful capture of stories by children and their trusted adults.



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