EasySketch: A Sketch-based Educational Interface to Support Childrens Self-regulation and School Readiness
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Fine motor skills and executive attentions play a critical role in determining childrens self-regulation. Self-regulation contributes to childrens school readiness. Fine motor skills and executive attentions can be taught through sketching and writing activities. The growing ubiquity of touch-enabled computing devices can enhance childrens sketching ability via sketch-based playful educational applications. From the applications, children can draw sketches and potentially develop their fine motor skills. Unfortunately, those applications do not analyze the maturity of childrens fine motor skills in order to help parents and teachers understand the strengths and weaknesses of a childs drawing ability. If an intelligent user interface can determine childrens fine motor skills automatically, teachers and parents can assess childrens fine motor skill ability and help children to improve via practicing drawings with touch-enabled devices or pencil and paper. The improvements can also extend to the childrens self-regulation ability and thus their school readiness. In this paper, we present our sketch-based educational application EasySketch. The application teaches children how to draw digits and characters, classifies the sketchers level of fine motor skill automatically, and returns feedback corresponding to that result.