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From our own experience and extensive research, here are our key tips on how to develop Kids’ Apps.
So, when going through the of designing your own educational app remember these essential elements:
- The crucial differences between designing an app for adults and an app for kids.
The greatest factors to keep in mind when making a children’s game or educational app are simplicity and instinctiveness, especially with visuals.
- Kids’ need for explicit goals and guidance.
For an enjoyable and successful experience with a game or activity, children need to know what is expected of them, expressed in a clear manner.
That means giving clear visual and oral instructions before an activity begins, including a tutorial if possible to help the child visualise what he needs to do and also instructions when it appears the child might not know what to do. These instruction can me oral or visual reminders if the child keeps doing the wrong.
- Stimulation not distraction.
Vivid images, colours and animation keep children interested and motivated to interact with the activities.
BUT avoid an overload of attention-catching elements that might distract the child from the activity itself (too many colours or animations on parts of the screen that are not relevant to the task).
- Create a motivating and well-fitting learning environment for the child
Positive reinforcement is essential to maintaining a child’s confidence and motivation when learning. Avoid giving negative feedback, instead give encouragements to do better and when the player gets it right congratulate and praise him.Adaptive learning is also really helpful to tailor to each child’s needs. Making different levels is a good start, and adapting each level to the child’s skills is the step further that will create a tailored and individualised learning environment for learners.
- Analytics and Feedback will make sure that all of the design and pedagogy used is actually working at its best!
Mobile data analytics serves to measure and optimize the user experience of the app can be of gooduse to make your app the easiest, most comfortable and most enjoyable to use.
Learning analytics, however, is essential to gather data, insight and guidance on whether your app is fulfilling its educational purpose and in what ways it is succeeding or struggling.
But more than just informing, a Learning Analytics platform will also enlighten you on how to adapt and optimize your app to improve its educational performance.
As well as that, a platform like Endermetrics also provides an data dashboard for you to keep parents’ updated on their child’s progress.
So with all this in mind, go forth, program and prosper!