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Keyboard Design for Pre-School Children

Amir Hamzah, Alyssa Izzati (2011) Keyboard Design for Pre-School Children. Universiti Teknologi Petronas. (Unpublished)

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Computers are being used by children as a learning instrument at an incredibly young age. Many children embark on the adventure of using the keyboard while still pre literate and unfamiliar with the keyboard. Due to this reason they are unable to interpret the conventional keyboard configuration or the symbolic representations used on the keyboard. This would result the child to use up a significant amount of time locating the keys and correcting unintended strokes which may lead to frustration. Thus, the conventional computer keyboard design for adults is not suitably or exclusively designed for the young user. The research is concentrated to design a computer keyboard which is 'more suitable for young children. To carry out the study, the research methodology used for the project would be the Iterated Waterfall Model. The effects of color in the visual preferences of pre-school children is examined in a series of experiments conducted with kindergarten and elementary school students in Malaysia. The results from the experiments are that children prefer intense colors such as red, blue and yellow. The study also adds if larger font of the characters would aid the pre-literate children in recognizing, identifying and distinguishing characters on the computer keyboard. Apart from that, as children does not fully utilize all the keys on the keyboard, it may be more reasonable to remove certain keys on the keyboard to help children identifying and distinguishing the characters on the keyboard better. The results of the study concluded that children's learning curve is expedited when color, font size and utilization of keys are put into prospect in the design of the computer keyboard.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Information Communication Technology
Subject: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Sciences and Information Technology > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 16:55
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:42
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/7494

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