Today’s mobile devices are natively equipped with multimedia means for families to capture and
share their daily experiences. However, designing authoring tools that effectively integrate the
discrete media-capture components of mobile devices to enable rich expression remains a
challenge. This paper details the observed use of StoryKit, a mobile application that integrates
multimodal media-capture tools to support the creation of multimedia stories on an iPhone/iPod
Touch. The primary objectives of this study were to explore the ways in which applications like
StoryKit enable families to create and share stories; and to investigate how the created stories
themselves might inform the design of and learning potential for mobile storytelling applications.
Its results suggest that StoryKit’s relatively simple but well-integrated interface enables the
creation of vibrant, varied narratives. Further, its portability supported the complementary coconstruction
and spontaneous, playful capture of stories by children and their trusted adults.
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