<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>3</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>7404</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Wyeth,P.</AUTHOR><AUTHOR>Purchase,H.C.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>2003</YEAR><TITLE>Using Developmental Theories to Inform the Design of Technology for Children</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>Small Users - Big Ideas: Proceedings of Interaction Design and Children</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>ACM</PUBLISHER><PAGES>93-100</PAGES><ISBN>1-58113-732-X</ISBN><LABEL>Wyeth:2003:7404</LABEL><ABSTRACT>Electronic Blocks are a new programming environment, designed specifically for children aged between three and eight years. As such, the design of the Electronic Block environment is firmly based on principles of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. The Electronic Blocks are physical, stackable blocks that include sensor blocks, action blocks and logic blocks. Evaluation of the Electronic Blocks with both preschool and primary school children shows that the blocks' ease of use and power of engagement have created a compelling tool for the introduction of meaningful technology education in an early childhood setting. The key to the effectiveness of the Electronic Blocks lies in an adherence to theories of development and learning throughout the Electronic Blocks design process.</ABSTRACT></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>