Our methodology

The Kiwa design team has a deep understanding of how children and young adults learn in a digital environment developed through years of experience in working with publishers, parents, teachers and children. For each of our educational productions we utilise the same methodology during the design phase to ensure the best possible learning experience. The key criteria Kiwa applies are summarised by Shamir and Korat’s study:

Developmentally Appropriate

  1. Is the story structure simple enough for younger students and more complex for older students?
  2. Is the font size large enough?
  3. Does the amount of text on each page match the child’s age?
  4. Is the text highlighted when read?

Active Participation

  1. Are interactive features allowing children to control their learning included?
  2. Can children activate parts of the text, characters, and games?
  3. Is an interactive dictionary included?
  4. Are well-designed hot spots, allowing children to activate special effects, available?

Congruency with Story Content

  1. Do animations and activations support the narrative?
  2. Do the activations allow children to discover new information that enhances story comprehension?


  1. Are simple verbal directions included?
  2. Are there graphic presentations that accompany the directions?

Shamir, A., & Korat, O. (2006) How to select CD-ROM storybooks for young children: The teacher’s role. The Reading Teacher, 59(6), 532–543)