Abu Dhabi students combine technology and story-telling skills to create digital books

Interactive Digital Books Screenshot

Interactive Digital Books’ Screenshot

Students from grades 6 and 7 of Hamdan bin Zayed School created a series of interactive books as part of a digital literacy workshop launched by Abu Dhabi Education Council. The purpose of the activity was to introduce children to online skills while engaging them in storytelling activities.

Mariam Al Maezouqi, social worker from the Abu Dhabi-based school, explained that the project was preceded by a series of digital publishing workshops. These allowed the pupils to combine their technology knowledge with other artistic skills in order to incorporate the use of ICTs from the start.

The interactive books contain narrations of the content which can also be customized by users who can record their own narrations and color illustrations. They also contain animation and sound effects in a child-friendly interface. In less than one year, these free interactive digital books have been downloaded more than 3,000 times from the iTunes store by people from all over the world. These documents are currently available in Arabic, English and Mandarin.

Additional Sources: The National