Are educational apps actually helping children learn?

Do educational apps for preschoolers really help them learn? A new study from the University of California, Irvine has an answer. The study’s findings suggest that most educational literacy and math apps are not designed to improve a child’s intelligence. Children under the age of five learn differently and have shorter attention spans than older kids, but few apps are incorporating the guidance to help preschoolers absorb and process information. For three months, co-authors Stephanie Reich and Melissa Callagan evaluated the top 10 paid and free children’s math and literacy apps for…

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Most preschool math, literacy apps not designed to help children learn, study finds

Most literacy and math educational apps for preschoolers are not designed to help youngsters actually learn, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Few incorporate features informed by evidence-based best teaching practices or age-appropriate in-play guidance. Youngsters under 5 process information very differently from older kids. They have shorter attention spans, less working memory capacity and more limitations in visual interpretation and are also still developing the fine motor skills needed for accurate touch-screen interactions. “More than half of the educational apps on the market are for preschoolers, but little…

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