18-21 October 2023, University of Porto: e-LADDA closing conference “Advances in the Study of Language Development and Literacy Learning in the Digital Age”. 

Call for papers 


19th - 21st April, 2023, Amsterdam



Flyer workshop. illustrasjon.


Open seminar – Digital Media in Preschool Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

November 2022

Parents’ newsfeed nowadays is continually filled with news stories or commentaries on how digital media are making kids asocial, violent, or even depressed. This leaves many educators and parents caught between the wish to ban technologies from a child´s daily routine and the ubiquity of digital devices in everyday life. The mismatch between what research suggests and what parents are experiencing in their day-to-day is then often accompanied by feelings of confusion, worry, and frustration.  

Meanwhile, research findings on children's media consumption are not always straightforward and to reach actionable advice and guidelines different sources of evidence have to be examined carefully and critically. We reviewed the literature critically and the outcome of this process is a set of key findings which we aim to share in the form of an interactive workshop with educators, parents and/or professionals from the field.  

To this end, we invite educators and parents to reflect on the opportunities, challenges and risks of digital media use in preschool education. During the workshop, we will present interactive activities designed to learn and discuss guidelines and advice regarding children's media consumption. 

The Workshop is hosted by the EU Horison2020 funded project Early Language Development in the Digital Age (e-LADDA) and Early Stage Researchers Martina de Eccher, Aisha F. Tüchler, Fatih Sivridag & Karla Zavala Barreda. 

Educational design in digital technology

September 2022

The NTNU team hosted the e-LADDA Workshop on Educational Design in Digital Technology on August 31-September 2, 2022 in Trondheim, Norway.


e-LADDA CON 2021 

September 2021

e-LADDA presents the network’s first (online) conference: e-LADDA CON 2021, hosted by the Universidad de Sevilla, under the title Understanding Language and Literacy Development in the Digital Age 28th and 29th September, 2021.

e-LADDA CON 2021 aims to bring together researchers interested in the effects of digital tools, such as tablets, mobile phones, or social robots, on language development and language outcomes from a broad perspective, with research on both typical and atypical development, and using behavioural, computational and electrophysiological measures.

Conference web site 

Kick-off Conference

November 2019

LocationDokkhuset, Trondheim, Norway.



09.00 – 09.15   Opening – Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU

09.15 – 10.00  Mila Vulchanova (NTNU, Norway) - Digital environments and young children

10.00 – 10.30  Nivedita Mani (University of Göttingen, Germany) – Early language development

10.30 – 11.00  Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30  Angelo Cangelosi (University of Manchester, UK) – Robotics and AI for Education

11.30 – 12.00  Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia, UK) – Embodied and non-embodied language learning

12.00 – 12.30 Gabriel Skantze (FURHAT Robotics/KTH – Stockholm) – Furhat - a social robotics platform for face-to-face interaction

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 13.50 David Saldaña (University of Seville, Spain) – Reading in atypical development: the cases of deafness and autism?

13.50 – 14.20 Kate Cain (University of Lancaster, UK) – The language bases of reading comprehension in the digital age: what do we know and what do we need to know?

14.20 – 14.40 Rui Alves (University of Porto, Portugal) – From bursts of written language production to the European Literacy Network

14.40 – 15.00 Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) – Platforms, Algorithms, Data

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 15.50 Jurgis Skilters (University of Latvia) – Spatial cognition, geometry, topology, and language

15.50 – 16.10 Louise Pasterfield, Founder and Managing Director & Kate Pasterfield, VP of Innovations (Sponge UK) – Software solutions for digital learning

16.10 – 16.40 Michael Spranger (SONY) – TBA

16.40 – 17.00 Melissa Allen (University of Bristol, UK) – Learning from iPads by children with ASD