Examining Language and Literacy Apps for Children in the App Stores

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Image courtesy of Ms. Eileen Bishop, Burley Elementary School

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America’s Ed Policy Program release a new blog post from their Seeding Reading series.  In this post “What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3)”, Sarah Vaala, Ph.D. and Anna Ly reveal findings from the two organization’s joint research, in which they analyze the paid and free apps in the iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon app store and “compare the [literacy and language] apps that appear in these top 50[educational app] lists to those awarded accolades by popular media rating groups.”  These findings provide interesting data on trends about the purchasing of apps, app ratings, the types of skills that apps supposed to teach, and popularity.  According to their research, the authors explain that the findings suggest “that parents encounter different kinds of apps when they search for language- and literacy-focused educational apps for their children, depending on where they go to look for those apps.”

Read more about What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3) from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

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