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Learning: Is There an App for That?
¦ The mobile media passback
effect is a new phenomenon.
Two thirds of children aged
four to seven have used an iPhone
or iPod touch, and 85 percent
have used one owned by a parent.
Children most often use the
devices when they are “passed
back” by a parent while in a car.
¦ There is evidence that kids
can learn from apps. Mobile applications
based on PBS KIDS programs
were independently evaluated
with 90 children aged three
to seven who played with them for
two weeks. Children made gains in
vocabulary comprehension, letter
identification, and rhyming after
using the apps.
¦ Young children are surprisingly
adept at using smart mobile
devices. Nearly all the children
observed could master operations,
even after initial difficulty.
From a new report released by the Joan
Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in
collaboration with PBS KIDS Raising Readers