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Has any research been done involving recommending educational apps to parents and potential enhanced school progress?

As a teacher in a nursery school, I find that the majority of our children are competent with games on our iPads and many of them have iPads at home. I am considering undertaking research for my MA education to provide a sample of parents with certain age-appropriate numeracy and literacy based apps and study whether this affects their progress measured against the EYFS development matters statements.

Seeking Fact Child Development , Apps , Education 3 years ago
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Laurens Derks expert
Laurens Derks Education Technology Specialist AU
Education expert

Creating a list of apps, while that sounds helpful, may not be effective in the long run. It sounds like you'd like parents to adopt certain attitudes toward technology, recognizing what learning opportunities look like. Apps change so often that any list we compile will become outdated quickly. "give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime". Maybe its better to discover how parents can become self-sufficient in this new app-based world.

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Lucy Gill expert
Lucy Gill Kids App Specialist Seer Green, GB
Technology expert

I am involved with something similar (if less academic) myself. I'm reviewing apps for pre-school and primary age children through qualitative observations aiming particularly to find apps that are fun but also have development/educational benefits. I'm developing a website as a resource for parents/teachers etc but it's still a work in progress. I can post back here when it goes live, and I'd love to hear how your MA research progresses.

P.S. I just came across this article today and thought it might be of interest: http://kitereaders.com/2013/09/26/five-studies-to-prove-the-ipads-educational-worth/#!

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Brett Laniosh expert
Brett Laniosh ICT and Online Safety Consultant Catshill, GB
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I recommend using a learning tool that promotes creativity. J2e.com is a powerful cloud based educational tool that does just that and is also available as an Ipad app.

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Pamela Salmon expert
Pamela Salmon Teacher New York, US
Education expert

I don't know about all students but for my special education students I've found research in journals. I use these APPs in our Title III program to increase expressive communication skills for limited and non-verbal students with Autism to increase their communication throughout the day.

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Experience 3 years ago

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