Designing an App to Support Families’ Joint Engagement with Media: Design Principles and Lessons from Research

June 29th, 2021 | RESEARCH

In this paper, our collaborative project team shares design principles and lessons learned from research for designing an app to support families’ joint engagement with media and promote powerful shared learning experiences. We provide a rationale, based on research literature, for why a second-screen app in particular addresses our project goals. In addition, we describe the Splash and Bubbles for Parents app components as well as the co-design process and design-based research studies conducted to inform its design and development. Finally, our team offers design principles grounded in findings from our research that may be useful to app developers and researchers interested in continuing and expanding on this work.



Team Members

Stephanie Wise, Principal Investigator, The Jim Henson Company
Ximena Dominguez, Co-Principal Investigator, Digital Promise
Phil Balisciano, Co-Principal Investigator, Curious Media
Christine Paulsen, Evaluator, Concord Evaluation Group
Tiffany Leones, Contributor, Digital Promise
Danae Kamdar, Contributor, Digital Promise
Kayla Huynh, Contributor, Digital Promise
Holly Funk, Contributor, Curious Media


Identifier Type: doi


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1612840

Related URLs

Parent-Child STEM Learning Using Interactive Media


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Families | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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