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Sensors and Materials, Volume 36, Number 5(1) (2024)
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Published: May 15, 2024

Impact of Gamified Learning Using Smart Building Blocks on Early Childhood Development [PDF]

Fang-Chen Hsu

(Received October 20, 2023; Accepted March 28, 2024)

Keywords: multiple intelligence theory, gamified learning, early childhood development, usability evaluation, educational effectiveness

The focus of this study lies in early childhood development, a crucial stage marked by sensorimotor and cognitive advancements. The trajectory of early childhood development is intricately influenced by genetics, environment, nutrition, health, and, notably, stimulation, which is the provision of enriching sensory and educational encounters. Toys emerge as one of the vital catalysts for nurturing exploration, creativity, and learning in children. The efficacy of toys varies, prompting the imperative to craft age-appropriate, technology-aligned playthings. Smart toys, exemplified by smart building blocks, seamlessly blend conventional play with electronic components, promising interactivity and amusement. In this research, whether game-infused learning, employing these smart building blocks, augments early childhood development is investigated and its pedagogical efficacy is assessed through educational effectiveness evaluation. Notwithstanding certain constraints, encompassing cost considerations, technological functionalities, and regional predispositions, in this investigation, innovative paradigms are introduced for shaping smart building blocks as didactic implements that prioritize simplicity over intricate technology. The findings underscore the ease of use and educational potential intrinsic to smart building blocks, positioning them as transformative assets in early childhood education. Consequently, this exploration advocates further research and development to unlock their complete educational prowess.

Corresponding author: Fang-Chen Hsu

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Fang-Chen Hsu, Impact of Gamified Learning Using Smart Building Blocks on Early Childhood Development, Sens. Mater., Vol. 36, No. 5, 2024, p. 1761-1776.

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