Back To School With The Educational App Boom

August 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Educational apps are all over these days. How are they working for the education of our children? Plus: why our kids need more sleep.

 

Matthew Triska, 13, center, helps Alex Fester, 10, to build code using an iPad at a youth workshop at the Apple store on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. (AP)

The new school year is revved and revving up all over now. Backpacks, notebooks, new sneakers – and technology. At home and in the classroom, educational apps are all over now. Apps for babies. Apps for toddlers. Apps for kids in school. We’ve got The Three Little Pigs and Monster Physics. Frog Dissection and Duolingo. Apps for the classroom, and for home, and apps for teachers to communicate with home. Is it all rocketing our children ahead in learning? This hour On Point: In school and out, wading deep into the age of educational apps.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Betsy Corcoran, CEO and editor at EdSurge. (@betsy_)

Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation. Author of “Screen Time: How Electronic Media — From Baby Videos to Educational Software — Affects Your Young Child.” (@LisaGuernsey)

Annie Murphy Paul, educational consultant and author of the forthcoming book, “Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.” (@anniemurphypaul)

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