Most preschool math, literacy apps not designed to help children learn, UCI 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…

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Education Department Honors Tech Initiatives

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines to the work force. The #edu2030 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge from the department’s Office of Educational Technology offered no funds to winning projects but aimed to shine a spotlight for investors and other observers on ambitious initiatives. Two of the 10 winners — JetBlue’s proposal to widely share its model for offering degrees to employees, and an artificial intelligence platform for organizing skills and identifying careers…

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