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Title:
Designing Multimedia Environments for Children
Author:
A Druin&C Solomon
ISBN:
0 471 11688 2
Publisher:
Wiley
Pages:
263pp
Price:
£35-00
Reviewer:
David Hodge
Subject:
multimedia
Appeared in:
10-3
If you are thinking of designing computer applications to be used by children and have never tackled the subject before, then this book will give you the background and insight into what children look for in a computer application and what turns them off.

There is a fair amount of history, mainly how and why Logo was developed, which shows how research into learning by computer was complemented by something that actually worked.

The book comes with a CD-ROM that gives some visual meaning to the examples that are talked about in the text.

Interesting to read and written by someone who knows his subject.