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Going on safari: the design and development of an early years literacy iPad application to support letter‑sound learning

journal contribution
posted on 2018-02-09, 00:00 authored by Sophie MckenzieSophie Mckenzie, Aaron SpenceAaron Spence, Maria NicholasMaria Nicholas
This paper explores the design, development and evaluation of an early childhood literacy iPad application,
focusing on the English Alphabet, called ‘A to Z Safari’ trialled in Australian classrooms. A to Z Safari was designed to assist
students in the early years of schooling with learning the alphabet and building on their knowledge of letter-sounds. This
paper details the process that led to the design and development of A to Z Safari and evaluates the success of the
application (also known as 'app'), using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), from a classroom trial in 2015.
Quantitative data from the app statistics gathered on student use, and qualitative interviews with classroom teachers
explores how students and teachers received A to Z Safari. It was found that the design of A to Z Safari exhibited ease of
use and usefulness for the target cohort in regards to gameplay and teacher support, however a number of updates need
to be made to the app’s functionality to satisfy future, larger scale use. Suggestions for those designing similar apps for use
in classroom environments have been provided.

History

Journal

The electronic journal of e-learning

Volume

16

Issue

1

Pagination

16 - 29

Publisher

Management Centre International Ltd.

Location

Reading, Eng.

ISSN

1479-4403

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, ACPIL