Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Computer Science

Reader 1

Kim Bruce

Reader 2

Winston Ou

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As smart devices become more prevalent, children have increasing access to them - and at younger ages than ever before. This presents the opportunity to harness this time they spend on the devices by creating educational applications that can both entertain and teach. Our goal was to create an application that would introduce young children to the alphabet and begin to teach them how to write letters. The result, AlphaBoodle, is an iOS application aimed at children ages two through four who have not yet begun to read. It was designed using general iOS application principles, educational research about how children use technology, and methods that teachers utilize to introduce children to the alphabet. The current version of AlphaBoodle is a proof-of- concept of the feasibility of such a project; testing has shown that it appears to be a worthwhile endeavor. In the future we hope to complete the application and release it to the public.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.