Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

Preschooll is a major market in the world of apps, with more than half of apps on the Apple and Android platforms geared toward kids 5 and under. But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. The researchers looked at 171 apps from the top 10 paid and free Apple and Android math and literacy apps available on Amazon and Google Play and found…

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Life Lessons: Choosing the right apps for kids

Mobile phone and tablet use by kids under the age of eight is up by 1000 percent over the past several years. With all of those apps claiming to be educational, how can parents recognize the valid apps from plain old digital candy? A new research study provides tips for making the right picks for your children. “Here you have these platforms that are dying for content and the kids are virtually addicted to,” said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Even the most…

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Bad Teaching for Preschoolers? There Are Lots of Apps for That

Although educational apps for preschoolers abound, many don’t include sound teaching strategies. That’s the takeaway from a new study published today in the academic journal Learning, Media and Technology. “From our review of a small portion of this market, it does not appear that popular literacy and math apps for preschoolers are employing many of the techniques that we know help young children learn,” wrote Melissa N. Callaghan and Stephanie M. Reich, education researchers at the University of California, Irvine. Among the biggest problems the researchers identified: poor feedback, ineffective…

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10 Best Educational Apps for Children with Autism

If you are looking for some good educational apps that will help your child acquire and build up new skills while occupying their attention at the same time, take a look at this list of 10 best educational apps for children with autism. You can always hear grandparents and older people how technology has changed the society often for the worst. Main arguments are that people constantly stare at their mobile phones, tablets and that they do not communicate as much as they would if they were not constantly preoccupied with…

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Educational game apps for your children for over the school holidays

School holidays are the ideal time for children to unwind and refresh themselves in preparation for the upcoming school holidays. But how often do parents have to hear the classic line, “I’m bored, what can I do?” Well, thanks to technology, there is a solution. Here are 10 educational gaming apps you can download on your tablet for your children to enjoy these holidays. 1. Ant Smasher This is a free application where children can bash away at ants. While it might seem somewhat senseless, this game can be addictive for children…

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Best Educational Apps for Studying

Receiving a proper education is one of the most essential things that a person who desires to become a productive member of the society requires. With mobile devices now available, education has taken to another level of democratized learning by allowing anyone with a device and internet connection to get nearly the same quality of education as the most prestigious institutions. This article discusses some of the best apps designed to provide premium learning and different ways to exercise the mind while on-the-go. Khan Academy: you can learn anything Khan…

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