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Big Brand Game Companies See New Audience in Youngest Gamers

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.25.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Choosing to design themselves as either a dog or a cat, the child's character learns to interact with a group of fanciful on-screen animals in socially acceptable ways. For example, there's a scene where you hold your breath rather than get angry.

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

Making Kids' Tablet Time More Meaningful

Dylan Arena, PhD | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Dylan Arena, PhD

Engaging the services of a digital babysitter is not something to boast about, but it doesn't need to be anything to be ashamed of, either. So, how can we make the most of the time our kids spend with technology over the holiday break?

Android Not Far Beyond iOS in Quality Educational Applications

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

With the exception of early childhood categories, Android is in a virtual dead heat with iOS for the top five apps per categories as selected by experts.

Cracking the Code on the Best iPad Apps for Budding Computer Programmers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Computer engineering and program development are two of the fastest growing professions in the world. With such high demand, many developers created mobile apps disguised as games that teach the basics from the Elementary School through High School levels.

Mobile Apps for Advanced Mathematics Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Students who excel in mathematics should continue to refine their skill set when class isn't in session. Here are five advanced mathematics apps for high schoolers that can help come test time. They can also leverage what a student knows for private studying.

These 5 Apps Improve Grammar and Composition

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Ah, grammar and writing! Impossible for most to master, this subject will be key throughout your child's life. Being skilled at writing and knowing grammar rules as they apply helps bolster essays (particularly on standardized tests!).

The Best Apps for Students to Stay Organized at School and Home

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.16.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Organization is a pivotal skill that can be difficult to master, especially for children and adolescents. While there are thousands of productivity apps available for the iPad, only a precious few capably keep children organized in the classroom and at home.

Help Your Child Bloom With These Health and Fitness Apps

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Young minds develop within young bodies, so it is never too early to foster an appreciation of physical wellness. These apps best teach nutrition, fitness and the human body to young children.

5 Apps to Encourage Creativity in Toddlers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Toddlers are literally growing up alongside touchscreen devices. They embrace the technology so quickly because they are not beholden to older ways of consuming and interacting with information.

The Back-to-School Apps for High School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While there are hundreds of worthy subject-based educational apps for high school students, the best teach adolescent learners how to use technology to be more productive so they can focus on topics that most inspire them. These five make our honor roll.

The Best Back-to-School Apps for Middle School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.15.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Preteens are no longer engaged by rudimentary games and childish characters, yet still lack the skills and discipline to take on more complex, high school-oriented subjects.

These Apps Will Not Educate Your Baby

Josh Golin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology
Josh Golin

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against two leading developers of apps for babies. It's hard enough to raise young children in today's digital world without being bombarded with false advertising.

The Best Back to School Apps for Elementary School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.09.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

These five iPad apps, while masterful in their specific subjects, also introduce young children to new ways of learning.

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While iPads and touchscreen devices are impacting virtually every level of educational instruction, apps designed for special needs students are particularly transformative

10 Apps You Can Trust and Kids LOVE

GalTime | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents

Have you tried to find the perfect app for your kids lately, one that will entertain and engage them, but won't turn their brains to mush? It can be a tricky business with so many thousands to choose from.

These iPad Apps Help Students Turn the Page on Book Publishing

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.18.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Many parents fear that iPads and other touchscreen devices will discourage kids from picking up, reading, and enjoying actual books. While this is a legitimate concern, there are many chapters to this story.

These Health and Fitness Apps for Kids Will Help Keep the Doctor Away

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While too much screen time can be unhealthy for kids, there are a handful of apps to help them appreciate their body, how it works, and what they put into it.

Shuffling Through the Best Flashcard Apps for the iPad

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.02.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

The generations-old practice of quizzing students with flashcards is being transformed in real time thanks to the iPad and other touchscreen devices. The best flashcard apps allow users to create and customize their own learning programs.

The Best Five iPad Apps to Teach Your Kid How to Read

Brad Spirrison | Posted 08.28.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While iPad applications should never fully replace books as a resource to teach your kid how to read, they offer many interactive benefits that simply can't be conveyed via black ink on white pages.

Must-See (and Hear!) Apps for Audio and Video Production

Brad Spirrison | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While many of us are familiar with Apple products like iMovie and Garage Band, these five independently developed iPad applications are a central part of the story.

These Biology and Ecology Apps Will Really Put Some Life Into Your iPad

Brad Spirrison | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While there is no app out there that can explain the meaning of life to you and your kids, there are a number of touch-based educational offerings that explore all forms of life on our planet.

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | Posted 03.19.2013 | Parents

For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.

Life in the AiP Era: Finding the Education in Educational Apps for Children

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

How much digital candy should be a part of the regular diet and how can we find high quality educational apps?

How Mobile Apps Are Changing Classrooms and Education

Piyush Mangukiya | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education
Piyush Mangukiya

One thing is clear: Through the power of mobile apps, the traditional way of "going to school" is about to change in a major way.