From: Futurity

Top Learning Apps for Kids May Not Live Up To Their Promise

A new study analyzed some of the most downloaded educational apps for kids, using a set of four criteria designed to evaluate whether an app provides a high-quality educational experience for children.

The findings show that most of the apps scored low, with free apps scoring even lower than their paid counterparts on some criteria.

The results suggest apps shouldn’t replace human interaction nor do they guarantee learning, says Jennifer Zosh, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Brandywine.

“Parents shouldn’t automatically trust that something marked ‘educational’ in an app store is actually educational,” Zosh says. “By co-playing apps with their children, talking to them about what is happening as they play, pointing out what is happening in the real world that relates to something shown in an app, and selecting apps that minimize distraction, they are able to leverage the pillars of learning and can successfully navigate this new digital childhood.”

Read the whole story (subscription may be required): Futurity

APS regularly opens certain online articles for discussion on our website. Effective February 2021, you must be a logged-in APS member to post comments. By posting a comment, you agree to our Community Guidelines and the display of your profile information, including your name and affiliation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations present in article comments are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of APS or the article’s author. For more information, please see our Community Guidelines.

Please login with your APS account to comment.