Mobile learning and young children
A recent report discusses ways mobile devices can help educate very young children. The document was produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent lab that explores the use of digital media to advance children’s learning. It mentions “the pass-back effect,” where an adult hands a mobile device to a child. The report also presents the results of studies on the effectiveness of using apps with young children. Many young children are now using smart mobile devices and may even be ahead of their parents.
Kids may soon be using smart mobile devices seamlessly — first at home and then perhaps in the classroom of 2015. …The challenge now is how to carefully target pressing educational needs tied to literacy, numeracy, and scientific inquiry in the early years”
If you’d like to know more, see the full report: Learning: Is there an app for that? It’s probably not a coincidence that an episode of Sesame Street earlier this month was titled “There’s an app for that!” Here’s an excerpt: