Kyle Liao | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

A News App for Kids – Gamifying the news to improve literacy skills

Kyle Liao, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

This design project examines the research behind gamification and how it affects the motivation, retention and engagement of young readers. Using principles of gamification, this project offers a design of a mobile app that delivers current events and news articles to a target audience of 8-12 year olds in the United States. This target audience was selected due to the relatively low interest in nonfiction texts in that age range, in contrast to the increasing importance of nonfiction texts both as a life skill and also as part of the sweeping new Common Core standards in English Language Arts. The design document covers the analysis of the problem, and presents the design and proposed implementation of a mobile app that applies gamification principles and adaptive learning in order to create an engaging reader experience for children reading the news. The design document concludes with details on planned user testing and evaluation, and discusses possible iterative paths based on the evaluation.

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