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An innovative combination of traditional and digital storytelling mediums

At a glance 

i-Theatre is a unique learning system for early years and primary aged children that facilitates story-creation and multimedia storytelling in a way that embraces both traditional and digital mediums. First children create the characters, backgrounds, and other content for their stories using traditional mediums such as paper, pencils, markers, paint etc. Then children use i-Theatre's built-in scanner to convert their hardcopy materials to digital content that can be manipulated on screen and turned into multimedia stories, adding sounds, animation, and recording their own narration.

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Key Features

  • 24-point multitouch screen
  • Stunning birch wood construction and finish
  • Portable, modular design
  • Tactile user interface
  • Built-in microphone, speakers, and scanner 

How it works

Children draw the backgrounds and cut out the characters of their story using paper and materials, working alone or in group. A storyboard can also be created for experienced groups.

At this point, they transform their creations into digital form using the scanner-drawer and pushing the import button. Children can manipulate the imported character shapes with a very simple gesture vocabulary (move, rotate, zoom), while the background remains still.

After setting the stage, all they need to do is press the ‘record’ button and tell the story, narrating with their own voices and moving the characters on the screen. When the story is finished, it can be watched as a movie on the touch screen or projected on a larger screen to be shared ‘cinema style’.  The finished movie can be easily stored in a child's personal file for future use or it can be exported to be watched on any electronic device, by using a dedicated USB. Children can share their creations inside the school, offer them to friends as a gift, to their parents, or maybe even their grandparents.

examples Stories 

Tangible Interface

 

Scene Recording Boxes

Coloured boxes that store a single animated movie. Each box has an input and an output which allows scenes to be connected in the sequence of a story. 

Personal container

A physical object for storage, representing a tactile equivalent of a "folder" common in windows-based software. When a child places their wooden shape (cube, sphere, etc...) on the scanner, i-Theatre opens their unique folder of content on the touch screen.     

Function Cards

Supplied as tactile durable cards, function card allow children to access common computing functions with minimal adult supervision. Functions include; cut, paste, delete, background, import-export, and configuration.