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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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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