It was really helpful to get feedback last week, both from our professor and other students.
I sense the pop-up book I presented was intriguing, and, if the intentions are realized, it could be something of value.
I remain concerned that my ‘scale’ is too broad. As I portrayed in the presentation, there are aspects of paper art, electronics, engineering (in terms of how the book would be constructed with a basic, electronic base to keep the cost down, volume after volume.
The most important work, it seems, is good-old-fashioned research as to the process by which a young, new reader (a child) assimilates and learns especially when read to by an older (usually) adult individual. This is the basis of my project’s plan inspired from what I already know, although superficially and anecdotally, about the importance of a child seeing the words as they are read.
I’m particularly concerned that a recorded voice, even if interactive, could achieve the same effect even if not as fully. As I hope I described in the presentation, the child will move the story along at their pace, and through the touch screen will be able to answer simple yes or no questions and even pose them (based on audio prompts).
Additional research will be necessary to actually ‘make the thing work’ including the paper engineering (complex in even simply pop-up books but I want this one to be far more than simple!)