Once Upon a Time

Isabel Machado, Carlos Martinho, and Ana Paiva

Education and learning have witnessed some important changes in the past few years. The appearance and success of the information society may well be one of the main factors for such change. Indeed. children are increasingly more and more at ease with the use of computers and technology. So, eapitalising on this advantage, our research aims at exploring and enriching current and new classroom activities with the use of technology. In particular, we are focusing in areas such as story telling and dramatic games for children aged 4 to 8. Our goal is to provide an integrated computer environment for collaborative story creation and acting. With such environment we intend to provide effective support for children developing their notions of narrative, through the dramatisation of several situations, and their ability to take a second and third person perspective across the experience of a wide range of situations.


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