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t-books consists of an electronic board, a book with slots and a set of picture cards that children place on the book to interact and explore the narrative. t-books wishes to offer children an environment where they can play with the language elements, while engaging as story authors. In this process children can enlarge their vocabulary, experiment different storylines and learn to create meaningful sequences that evolve to a narrative. 

Simultaneously children can build their own story world by choosing among a diversity of different characters, settings and actions according to their preferences, thus generating a simulation environment within the story universe, where alternative scenarios, and what-if questions can be posed and tested.


This work is funded by FEDER funds through the Operational Competitiveness Factors Program - COMPETE and by National Funds through the FCT – Portuguese Foundation for the Science and the Technology within the Project: PTDC/CPE-CED/110417/ 2009, Hybrid Learning Materials Project, and the Doctoral Grant: SFRH/BD/62531/2009.

The underlying concept of this project is the creation of innovative pedagogic materials that promote experimental, participatory and active involvement from an early age by bringing together the tradition of games and playful activities with the new interactive technological solutions. Our approach is to develop and evaluate a toolbox of Tangible Interfaces using low cost materials, such as paper and cardboard embedded with sensors.

Cristina Sylla, Sérgio Gonçalves, Pedro Branco, Clara Coutinho