Before choosing an app for children eight years old and younger, adults should ask themselves, “What is my goal with this app?” Whether it’s a goal to keep your child safe and entertained on a car trip, encourage creativity, or help strengthen a cognitive skill, app reviewer Carisa Kluver reminds us first to figure out the goal so as “not to get distracted by the bells and whistles.” And always remember, she says, “When it comes to learning, technology is a tool, but it’s not the only tool.” Annie talks to Carisa about kids, apps, and how parents can set standards for what they download for their children.
About Carisa Kluver (@iPad_storytime)
Carisa Kluver, the creator of The Digital Media Diet, is the editor of Digital-Storytime.com, a review site for iPad picture book apps. The Digital Media Diet is a companion to the review site, featuring articles about kids, technology and the digital publishing industry growing up around these new digital children’s books.
Founded in December 2010, Digital-Storytime has almost 1000 reviews in a sortable database with individual ratings for animation, interactivity, originality, educational value, audio quality, bedtime, re-readability and extras. Learn more at DigitalMediaDiet.com
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