School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, (Degree Program of)
Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, University of Turku
Smart, skilled and connected in the 21st century:
Educational promises of the Internet of Toys (IoToys)
This exploratory study investigates the relation between preschool children and smart, connected toys, which have educational promises regarding the Internet of Toys. By using toyification of education as a conceptual framework in understanding the emerging role of smart toys in the pedagogical context and play tests conducted with preschool-aged children, the authors aim to understand which kind of elements in the toys afford playful enjoyment and opportunities for learning both in terms of their physical qualities and digital dimensions.