Children’s Touchscreen Technology (inactive)

Child using Scenic Words on an iPhoneSince the vast majority of touchscreen interaction research focuses on adults, our children’s technology project explores: (1) how children conceptualize touchscreen interaction compared to adults and how well they can articulate different types of gestures; (2) how we can design touchscreen interaction techniques to better support these expectations and abilities. Our Scenic Words project, for example, is studying ways to aid children with learning foreign languages by incorporating gestural movement into language-learning activities on mobile devices; for more information, contact Brenna at

Related Publications

Rust, K., Malu, M., Anthony, L., & Findlater, L. 2014. Understanding Child-Defined Gestures and Children’s Mental Models for Touchscreen Tabletop Interaction. Proceedings of Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2014), 201-204.

McNally, B., Guha, M.L., Norooz, L., Rhodes, E., & Findlater, L. 2014. Incorporating Peephole Interactions into Children’s Second Language Learning Activities on Mobile Devices. Proceedings of Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2014), 115-124.