Zuiena Kabir: The Second Screen with Dora

TV viewing is an increasingly popular pastime for children. However, children are often passively consuming the information instead of actively thinking and learning. Therefore, how can we promote active engagement and learning to children during TV viewing? The solution proposed is the development of a second-screen application that brings children out of a state of passive consumption and into active participation. The act of watching TV on a larger screen is still preserved, as a secondary tablet device is used to present contextual activities and information related to the TV show being watched. Interaction with these activities is intended to not only actively engage the user with the TV show, but also reinforce the educational aspects of the program. The long-term goal of the application is to have a positive impact on the cognitive development of young children, while they spend time watching educational television.

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