The present study explores young children’s interaction with an interactive whiteboard (IWB) in a Swedish preschool. Analyses of video recordings show how the children, through embodied and multi-directional interactions, interpret, explore and construct signs on the IWB. By relating children’s careful explorations to meaning-making and sign-making, interactions at the IWB can be looked upon as part of children’s initial literate explorations in multimodal text productions.
This study explores children’s agency in respect to the relations constituted between the participants’ interaction and the design affordances of digital tablets.
The findings underscore the importance of taking into account how the participants’ interaction interplays with the affordances of the touch screen, the portability of the tablet, and the use of pictorial modes within applications, that in turn contributed to children’s agency within the digital tablet activities. The findings highlight both children’s agentive use of multimodally organized resources and how an understanding of children’s agency may be expanded, through the use of multimodal approaches including the Design for Learning framework.
Narrative is used in early childhood education to engage children in reading and writing. With the advent of digital technologies, new contexts are created for multimodal ways of narrating. The purpose of this study is to illuminate the relationship between a digital storymaking activity and the stories made in an early years practice. The results show that the children’s texts to varying degrees approximate a narrative genre and illustrate how these variations can be understood in terms of how the participants negotiate the task.