(Lire l’article Les 11 piliers de DéclicKids en français)
At DéclicKids we believe that quality is essential. These 11 pillars are a « work in progress » defining the criteria for quality.
#1 | Flawless texts, true stories
Work with authors, translators and proofreaders and reject automated translation; track spelling and grammatical errors and take utmost care with the content.
#2 | A true aesthetic approach
Work with illustrators and animators, avoiding heterogenous images taken from stock catalogues and clipart.
#3 | Meaning
Make sense, cultivate sense and use multimedia when necessary—don’t add an embellishment just because it’s possible.
#4 | Seamless ergonomics
Work ergonomically and test the product. Children, even the youngest, simply want to know how something works intuitively, without needing to read. They should never be « stuck ».
#5 | Creativity and sparks
Imagine new interactivities, new paths, new ways to reach children, to make their imaginary worlds grow and nourish their thirst for knowledge.
#6 | Be demanding
Give children all the respect that is due to them without being condescending; particularly concerning narration, the learning process and games. Offer them efficient learning tools and intelligent games.
#7 | A professional creation
Hunt for bugs, don’t allow nasal voices, synthesized sounds or approximate sequences.
#8 | Promote ethics
Prohibit advertising, external links and avoid in-app purchases. On another note, be sure to cite collaborators and to pay them fairly.
#9 | A transparent, exact and open development
Encourage dialogue between the technical and editorial teams, listen to criticisms and suggestions, respond to questions from users and improve ebooks, sites and applications at all times.
#10 | Interoperability and no DRM
Engage in a process that permits the inclusion of all users, whatever their platform, and allows them to move from platform to platform without having to pay again. Prohibit DRM (except for social markup) and promote access to the open Web in a move towards an interoperable web application that is as open as possible.
#11 | Passion and joy
Because they’re indispensable.
Read more : Digital Media for Kids? Quality First!