Designing an App to Support Families’ Joint Engagement with Media: Design Principles and Lessons from Research

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Resource Type:
Report | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Broadcast Media, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media
Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM
The Jim Henson Company, Digital Promise, Curious Media, Concord Evaluation Group

In this paper, our collaborative project team shares design principles and lessons learned from research for designing an app to support families’ joint engagement with media and promote powerful shared learning experiences. We provide a rationale, based on research literature, for why a second-screen app in particular addresses our project goals. In addition, we describe the Splash and Bubbles for Parents app components as well as the co-design process and design-based research studies conducted to inform its design and development. Finally, our team offers design principles grounded in findings from our research that may be useful to app developers and researchers interested in continuing and expanding on this work.

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Team Members

Stephanie WiseStephanie WisePrincipal Investigator
Ximena DominguezXimena DominguezCo-Principal Investigator
Phil BaliscianoPhil BaliscianoCo-Principal Investigator
Tiffany LeonesTiffany LeonesContributor
Danae KamdarDanae KamdarContributor
Kayla HuynhKayla HuynhContributor
Holly FunkHolly FunkContributor

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