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The Memory Box

Martin O’Dwyer

The product of this project has been the further development of a “MemoryBox” concept, initially proven in conceptual form, during a previous University project (3). During this project the developer explored the potential for its use by children of 3-5 years old i.e. at the age when they transfer from pre – school education to primary school.
The functions of this version of “MemoryBox” were developed to be as follows;
i) The enablement of staff and children to use physical items, that they already have experience with, to access previously created media ( give example)
ii) The provision of control to staff in order to ensure that all data related to the media is relevant to their curriculum and is appropriate.
These product functions have provided this research project with the opportunity to evaluate the “MemoryBox” capabilities in providing the freedom to children to experience different forms of learning as follows;
– Experiential
– Multi Media
– Multi – Modal

This is achieved whilst still providing curriculum leaders the necessary control of information accessed.
The project also demonstrates how a proof of concept can be developed and enhanced by good interaction between the developer, his clients and stakeholders to produce a product that meets specification.
The evidence obtained suggests that the MemoryBox’s multi modal experience offers the potential to enhance the pre-school learning experience with some indication for acceleration in the learning process.
It is the developer’s opinion that this version of MemoryBox, plus the excellent suggestions for product enhancement received from the user groups, all warrant future investigation.

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