Kids and iPhones: New Study Talks about Positive Incorporation of New Media into Early Education
[caption id="attachment_983" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono"][/caption] If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and a little kid, the chorus of “can I play?” is probably a familiar one to you already. As the New Media continues to dominate every aspect of our daily lives and mobile devices become more and more accessible, the use of such tools by children as young as 1 and 2 is not uncommon. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that my 16-month-old already says “iPaaaaaa.” As teachers and parents, knowing what apps are acceptable, if any, among young children can be tough. That is why research fellows at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Cynthia Chiong and Carly Shuler, began a project in 2009 that would become the report, “Learning: Is There an App for That?” The results of that study, released in November of 2010, are just now making the rounds of early education blogs and the findings will astound you. Target: Preschool As Shuler explained in a recent podcast with The New America Foundation’s Lisa Guernsey, the principle research into learning apps in Apple’s iTunes store was based on mere curiosity. Yet, what they found was far better than they imagined:
- Of the top 100 apps in iTunes’ Educational category, 47 were targeted at children, most especially preschool-aged children.
- Of the top 25 educational apps, 60% were targeted at preschoolers and toddlers.