Choosing Learning-Based Apps for Young Children

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Image courtesy of Ms. Erin Stanfill, Burley Elementary School

In this NAEYC blog post “How to Find Educational Apps”, Kyle Snow, Ph.D. gives guidance for selecting education apps for young children based on the four pillars  from the recent publication “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning” written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jennifer M. Zosh, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, James H. Gray, Jordy Kaufman and  Michael Robb of the Fred Rogers Center of Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.

Kyle’s post helps educators and parents frame their thinking around evaluating the learning potential in apps based on active learning, engagement in the learning process, meaningful learning and social interaction.  When referring to these four pillars, he states,

The framework provided by Hirsh-Pasek and her colleagues can be a valuable guide to parents and teachers making choices between apps should they choose to use them. It also provides a framework for developers to consider in designing apps that are highly appealing for young children and can support deep learning.

Additionally, Kyle lists online sources, like Common Sense Media and Children’s Technology Review, that review children’s media and resources for further reading that include the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on technology and interactive media.

Read more about How to Find Educational Apps from NAEYC

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