Touchscreen Tales recently put our app “I Don’t Like Spiders, They Walk On The Sky” in front of the toughest of the toughest, the loudest and most critical audience you could imagine. That’s right, children, and a full class.
There were some tense moments with gripping of chairs and tapping of little feet as the plot unfolds. Particularly memorable was one young lady who looked perhaps a little too wide-eyed as the story took it twists and turns. Afterwards she said: “I loved that. I got a bit worried at one bit…… can we read it again?”
This kind of “class reaction” gives us confidence that we are achieving what we set out to do and that this is encouraging a love of reading using original fiction and illustration. Teachers and educators have told us they have noticed that as well as the girls enjoying it that the boys in the class are really engaging with our story too and this is a tough thing to achieve.
Schools are also telling us that touchscreen devices are playing an increasingly significant role in education. We have never made a claim to be an educational app we’ve said before that we really just want people to enjoy the story, to experience the emotion that only your own imagination can generate and take the reader closer to the action by being able to engage with it.
We have further class room tests coming in the very near future as we launch future updates of “I Don’t Like Spiders, They Walk On The Sky” to continue to ensure we take inspiration from our most important critics. More on them as they happen.