Putting the education back in educational apps: How content and context interact to promote learning

Jennifer M. Zosh, Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

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Abstract

Technology is forever changing the landscape of children’s education in and out of school. But much of what masquerades for "educational" in the digital world, is not. In this chapter, we discuss evidence-based principles that can help parents, researchers, and teachers discover apps with real educational value. With the science of learning as a base, we ask whether apps promote children’s active (minds-on) and engaged (not distracted) learning with material that is meaningful and supported in socially interactive contexts. Apps that are built on these principles promote playful, scaffolded, and exploratory learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedia Exposure During Infancy and Early Childhood
Subtitle of host publicationThe Effects of Content and Context on Learning and Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages259-282
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319451022
ISBN (Print)9783319451008
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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