The program, called Story Visit, aims at bringing together children and relatives, over Video conferencing. The project is an initiative by Sesame Workshop and Nokia Research Center.
You can sign up for the trial over at the Story Visit Website. There are a few requirements though, such as:
- You have at least one child between the ages of two and five
- You commit to having your child use Story Visit with a remote friend or relative as often as you would like over a period of one month
- Both parties need to have a computer with internet connection and webcam (e.g. a built-in camera)
- You will need to fill out a brief questionnaire before beginning.
- At the end of the one month period you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your family’s experiences with the system.
Here’s the write up from the invite page:
“Sesame Workshop and Nokia Research Center are inviting families to sign up to trial their Story Visit website, now under development as part of a research project.
As the site overview says, Story Visit is a new website where children and long-distance loved ones can read story books together using video conferencing and connected story books: When a grown-up turns the page, the child’s page turns along with it, and if the child points to something on his screen, the grown-up can see that on their screen too.”
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