Lewd educational apps

More Chinese children own their own mobile phones now as China becomes increasingly dependent on digital devices. The idea of using one’s beloved phone for educational purposes is in fact scientifically sound, hence the boom of many educational apps for kids made by businesses driven to profit from this emerging market. However, lewd content has been found in many so-called educational apps targeting Chinese children and students. These apps, designed by unscrupulous businesspeople, are disguised as either homework tutoring or providing mentoring help or Q&A wikis, but are in fact…

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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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Universities launch study into educational apps – by turning lab into a nursery

Parents and nurseries in Greater Manchester are being asked to take part in a study to test the effectiveness of children’s educational apps. Academics from the University of Salford and Lancaster University will spend three years using eye tracking glasses to find out whether the apps, which claim to help young children learn new words, have any effect on language development. Dr Gemma Taylor, a developmental psychologist from the University of Salford, said: “We live in a digital age and children are exposed to screens from very early on in…

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The best educational apps to get your child ahead this September

It’s September, and along with millions of other parents across the country, the start of the school term might well be the cause of some stress. Cardigan, pencil case, rucksack – the list of essential items seems to get longer each year. And now, particularly sharp-elbowed parents are racing to equip their children with yet another tool: educational apps. With a growing number of children owning smartphones or iPads(including some 14,000 British toddlers), it’s no surprise that parents are embracing a new generation of digital learning games to help their children get ahead. All…

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Six ways that tablets really can transform teaching

The holidays may be over – but the debate over young people and screen time continues. And as anxious parents prepare children for the start of a new school term, many will have concerns about what exposure to technology they will have in the classroom. The UK education secretary Damian Hinds has challenged the technology industry to spearhead a classroom revolution. He wants more classrooms to take advantage of the gadgets and software available which enable pupils to go on “virtual trips” or “control robots”. Hinds is right to see the potential…

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Hungry Hungry Hippos launches ride-on version

Hasbro is partnering with US toymaker Kid Trax to launch a ride-on version of its Hungry Hungry Hippos game. The foot-powered ride-on lets kids gobble up balls, just like in the classic board game. Available at Walmart stores across the US and through Walmart.com, the toy lets kids push or ride the green hippo Homer. As the hippo travels forward, its head moves up and down in a chomping motion to collect balls as it rolls over them. After they are collected, the balls are stored in a transparent cover in…

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A Guide To The Different Educational Apps

In the past couple of decades, the education industry has experienced a great transformation. Due to the arrival of educational apps, learning has become more accessible making it more interesting for pupils of all ages. The educational apps are able to bridge the communication gap between not only teachers and parents, but also children and teachers. Childhood is a significant period for learning, and because children are becoming smarter there is a growing need to introduce more advanced learning resources and methods. This article willA Guide To The Different Educational…

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