Final Year Project

Student name: Kathryn Duffy
Project title: An investigation into the use of web-based teaching tools in primary education and development of an interactive storybook
Course: BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development 

Project

Landing page for the Little Miss Helpful storybook, a white square on a grey background.  Little Miss Helpful stood in the middle smiling with a button above her telling the user to start the story

Landing page for the Little Miss Helpful storybook. Credit: Mr Men and Little Miss are copyright THOIP (a Sanrio company).

Web-based teaching tools are an ever-emerging element of primary education, and this research was conducted to investigate the use of these tools within primary education. Additionally, it was to develop an interactive storybook based upon Roger Hargreaves’ book, Little Miss Helpful for use within primary education setting. . 

Challenges

The artefact built, the interactive storybook version of Little Miss Helpful, meets the requirements fully, except for only partially meeting one due to accessibility issues. 

Research

An explorative methodology was used by conducting a literature review, it was found that online tools are useful when they are developed well and used right. This was followed by a comparative exploration of existing web-based teaching tools, it was found that some websites used animation, sound and simple language successfully to assist learning From this, requirements were written and a user testing questionnaire conducted. .  

Results

From the user testing conducted on the artefact, it is apparent that web-based teaching tools are being used more regularly due to the current global climate. An investigation could be undertaken to research the impact on primary education staff when using web-based teaching tools, However, a proportion of participants said they were using web-based tools before and that this will continue after the pandemic. 

My time at University

During my time at Edge Hill University studying Web Design and Development I have developed both personally and academically.  I have developed my skills.  Before coming to university, I knew very little about front-end development, but now I feel confident in my abilities. I love the design phases of developing, in particular, user experience (UX) designing.  

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