The DIRTI App and the Blurring of Digital and Physical, from Rachael Stein

Digital non-natives talk about the digital world and the physical world as if they are separate, clearly delineated spaces. Digital natives (read: all the children you work with) instinctively know otherwise. The line between the digital and physical is blurring, with occasionally magical results. For example, check out this Alchemy Studio blog post about the DIRTI app, which allows toddlers to turn their mud pies and ice cream smears into sound and light waves:

More videos of the app in action are available here: http://alchemystudio.com/2013/07/the-tapioca-interface-physical-and-digital-part-deux/

This type of activity has far-reaching ramifications for the way we conceptualize early literacy and creative play. The toddlers are leading the way, so we’d better catch up!

Rachael Stein
Information Services Manager
Eastern Shore Regional Library
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About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on August 2, 2013, in Apps, Digital Native, Interactivity, iPad, Literacy, Media Literacy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Absolutely amazing! The stand which holds the iPad, any idea who makes it? Thanks for sharing this, my eyes are wide open!

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