• Kid Pad Software
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educational technology, story telling, participatory design

Copyright Status

Material is in public domain



Resource Type

Technology Tools and Environments

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KidPad is a collaborative story authoring tool for children. It provides basic drawing functionality on a zooming canvas enabled by Jazz. KidPad uses local tools that can be picked up, used and dropped anywhere on the drawing surface. The local tools interface and MID allow KidPad to support shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration. If multiple USB mice are connected to the computer each mouse will control a tool in KidPad, making it possible to let several children simultaneously create a story together!

Intended Audience

Elementary School (1st - 5th grade or age 6-10 years), Public and continuing education, Researchers, Teachers/Educators

Topic Area

Research, Teaching, Technology Studies,


Alison Druin, HCI Lab, University of Maryland

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