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Do Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

Are Apps Making Kids Smart or Dumb?

After just posting on iPhone and toddlers and the slippery path to too much TV screen time, I found this argument for the educational benefits of iPhone/iPad apps.  Isn’t this just like the parenting books that we all read while pregnant?  Was it me or if you read enough of them, didn’t they all contradict each other?  That used to make me crazy!  Then I found the solution:  I just followed the advice of the parenting books that coincided with my parenting style.  I think the iPhone controversy is the same:  go with your gut.  You are always right when it comes to what is best for your child.  And … moderation is the key!

The full post is here.  Interesting paragraphs are below.

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education : Can iPhone Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

By Jonathan Wylie

The study found that children aged 3 to 7 who played the Martha Speaks Dog Party app

showed an improvement of 31% on their vocabulary skills.

  • A recent study by PBS Kids found that mobile apps, like those used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can provide “an engaging, educational experience for kids.” The study found that children aged 3 to 7 who played the Martha Speaks Dog Party app showed an improvement of 31% on their vocabulary skills. While it would be easy to be skeptical of a PBS sponsored study on a PBS mobile app, the link between education and technology has existed for some time now.
  • Today’s children are what Marc Prensky, an American education expert and author, calls “digital natives.” They are being raised in the time of a technological revolution. They are surrounded by hi-tech gadgets that are more accessible than they ever have been. Playstations, Nintendos, iPods, smart phones and social networking sites are a daily part of our children’s lives, and part of the way they learn, communicate and entertain themselves. In short, they learn in ways that we did not.
  • Mobile learning, or m-learning as it is often referred to, is the practice of using portable electronic devices to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, and iPhone apps for kids are a great gateway into this. As a percentage of a whole, the number of dedicated educational apps available at the iTunes store is still small, but it is a growing market, especially as more and more schools are investing in the use of devices like the iPod Touch as part of their lessons.
  • Students found that they were more motivated and understood the content better when using the app, while instructors noticed a marked improvement in student preparation for each session.
  • A recent study by PBS Kids found that mobile apps, like those used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can provide “an engaging, educational experience for kids.” The study found that children aged 3 to 7 who played the Martha Speaks Dog Party app showed an improvement of 31% on their vocabulary skills. While it would be easy to be skeptical of a PBS sponsored study on a PBS mobile app, the link between education and technology has existed for some time now.
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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

16 Comments

  1. It seems entirely plausible that kids benefit from using apps. What is sad is that this is yet another way in which the gap between the disadvantaged and the privileged will widen. Poor kids don’t have iPhones and iPads. Rich kids get the advantage – again. If apps replace picture books, the poor kids get poorer still.

    • That is a good point and very sad. I try to donate our old board books and picture books to early literacy intervention programs in town. They go to kids who don’t own any books. Some of the book non profits just resell the books but that might price out some families. Sometimes getting rid of stuff is as much work as acquiring it!

  2. Ian Chia

    Although I understand the fear of the rich/poor divide growing even larger due to expensive technology, there is real hope being demonstrated.

    There is actually a wide range of publicly funded and privately funded schools throughout the world trialing iPads and iPods with very interesting results (and in my opinion, in a positive manner offering real education rather than just “schooling” for a range of students.)

    Here are a few examples:
    “Follow along as a public elementary school in Chicago integrates the iPad into its first and second grade classrooms.”
    http://ipadsatburley.blogspot.com/

    Fraser Speirs’ blog about the integration of iPads for *every* student in a primary and secondary school in Scotland. Honest opinions – warts and all.
    http://speirs.org/

    iPod touch trial in Canby School District in the US
    http://learninginhand.com/blog/ipod-touch-in-canby-school-district.html
    And for the Type A perspective: hard metrics testing students results quantitatively.
    http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/sandbox/groups/ipodusergroup/weblog/6a110/attachments/daa48/ipodachievementdata-20092010.pdf?sessionID=6d1633a8d421ef427b8a220c2ac4cc941a87dd7d

    There are early days. The iPad has been out less than a year, and education apps only since 2008. But I think there is a huge potential to move past “schooling” into education with thoughtful, inventive uses of mobile devices.

    Best,

    – Ian

  3. When used in moderation iPhones and iPads can be a great, additional learning tool for kids – and the more learning tools we have the better!

    When you’re looking for the best educational kids apps visit LunchboxReviews.Com. Lunchbox, collects, categorizes and rates apps for toddlers, preschoolers and young children. Our user and critics ratings are pulled from multiple review sites so that parents get a well-rounded picture of potential app purchases. 🙂 LunchboxReviews.Com

  4. Ardie

    Milanie is right, moderation in use makes these powerful gadgets great. For me there is nothing wrong with apps that provide engaging, educational experience for kids, same thing Intuition (www.iconapps.com) is a staple in my iPhone. As long as these apps help us get more organized and creative, and kids’ apps make our little ones wittier, why rule out gadgets at home? 😛

  5. Bess

    My husband is an education technology consultant. His main job is to go to schools and do seminar teachings with the teachers there and show them how to use technology to improve their classrooms and the learning environment. He is very pro-using new technology to teach. If it can draw in the student- use it! As for under-privaledged kids- that why the schools need to be constantly educating themselves on programs out there and how to use them wisely. He’s a huge advocate of free-source. There are hundreds of free programs out there that schools are not using – but he teaches them how to use them and the outcome has been great! His site/blog is : jasontbedell.com

  6. Nancy

    I have been using my son’s iPad quite frequently to become familiar with the applications before purchasing one for myself. We decided to purchase one for him due to his eyesight issues and because it is lighter than the laptop he was carrying. I am mainly purchasing an iPad because I work at DISH Network and they already have the ability to LIVE stream content everywhere. DISH Network’s subscription gives you the ability to watch content on smart phones and iPad wherever you go not just at home like Comcast proposes to do later this year. I invite you to learn more at http://www.dish.com/TVeverywhere.

    • To Nancy,
      Thank you for sharing about Dish. We have an iPad and it’s a popular, sought after screen in our home! I will look into dish. What is your role at Dish Network?

  7. Me and my partner have created a couple of learning apps for kids used to help learn their math tables. A lot of learning apps we’ve seen are kind of complicated for young children, so we have created simple to use apps that have the same function as flash cards with the ability to shuffle and sort. Each app contains the tables 1-12, has backgrounds for boys or girls to choose from, and is great for kids just beginning to learn their math tables. We are always looking for good learning app ideas for kids, so if any one has anything they would like to see, post on here and we can see what most people are looking for.

    Addition Tables Link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-as-1-2-3-addition-tables/id417605450?mt=8

    Subtraction Tables Link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-as-1-2-3-subtraction/id417629625?mt=8

    Multiplication Tables Link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-as-1-2-3-multiplication/id417629514?mt=8

    Division Tables Link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-as-1-2-3-division-tables-2/id417629366?mt=8

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for introducing your math apps. They sound useful! My kids always need to practice their math facts and anything that is portable and fun is a winner!

  8. anon

    Thanks for sharing the info.I recently found a app called LazyTown.The app is Unique and user-friendly interface that allows young readers to be in control of the reading process (designed particularly for children!)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lazytown-booclips/id424736849

    • To Anon,
      Thanks for the suggestion. My kids used to watch that TV show Lazytown when they were little (and the moms all agreed that the actor was hot!).

  9. JJ

    The PBS apps are great and well worth downloading. He also enjoys Math Monkey which is an educational Angry Birds: http://goo.gl/RxOQA

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