Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

Young Children's Performance on Self-Administered iPad Language Activities

Jared Bernstein (1), Ognjen Todic (2), Kayla Neumeyer (1), Katharyn Schultz (1), Liang Zhao (1)

(1) Knowledge Technologies, Pearson, Menlo Park, CA, USA
(2) Keen Research LLC, Mill Valley, CA, USA

Twenty-nine different English language activities were implemented on a touchtablet computer. Some activities were focused on a single skill (e.g. reading or speaking), while others involved several integrated skills (e.g. listening and writing). Materials were presented in several modalities, including speech only, speech with figure, silent video, text, speech with text, and speech with text and figure. Response modalities included speech, typing, touch, dragging screen objects, selecting and/or arranging words, and drawing figures. Various Test-like sequences of 24 to 45 activities were presented to 784 children, 53% from non-English speaking homes. Analysis of over 28,000 responses to self-administered activities indicates that most activities can be successfully modeled by a single short video example. By age 7 or 8 years, nearly all children will respond meaningfully to about 95% of these specific activities. Examples of these activities and child responses are presented.

Index Terms: Language, assessment, touch tablet, four skills, ELL, children, modeling, modality.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bernstein, Jared / Todic, Ognjen / Neumeyer, Kayla / Schultz, Katharyn / Zhao, Liang (2013): "Young children's performance on self-administered ipad language activities", In SLaTE-2013, 24-25.