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A Child's CanDo Assistant

, University of Auckland, New Zealand ; , IICM, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this paper we investigate whether it is possible to use visual instructions/communication instead of verbal rules to help children learn some classic activities. We are not intending to prove that the visual alternatives we propose are "better" than traditional methods using voice. As in any of today's CDs for children, we assume that the computer environment is multimedia rich - and sound will also be used in our approach. It is only verbal instructions that are excluded. Besides being of semiotic interest, we believe that this research may be useful for the very young, the deaf, the verbally retarded, and due to its language independence, it may be a steppingstone towards the goal of universal communication. We have selected activities that support some learning skills and can build up to relatively complex activities. Finally we consider how technology that we believe will be widely available in the foreseeable future will greatly enhance children's real-world experiences.


Lennon, J. & Maurer, H. (2004). A Child's CanDo Assistant. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1430-1437). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 19, 2019 from .