Educational Apps to Keep Your Child Interested

According to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, the average attention span that preschoolers need to succeed in school, especially when they reach kindergarten, is fifteen minutes. Growing and developing that attention span can take some practice. Often, children under the age of four lack the emotional skills to be able to concentrate on any specific task for extended periods of time. One tip to help with this is to not over-stimulate them. Present your child with one task at a time. Do not overwhelm them with too many options at once. Remove the outside distractions and encourage them to focus on the task at hand.

Keeping the attention span of a preschooler can be hard work. 

You need something visually interesting, something that will engage them and keep them interested. So when you sit down to teach your preschooler how to count to ten, a simple pencil and paper just won’t cut it. Kids educational apps can help with this task.

Nowadays, kids are in front of screens more than ever. The colors and animations are stimulating and engaging. Have you ever noticed how easily a preschooler can get lost in an episode of their favorite cartoon? They’re mesmerized by what’s happening on the screen. So when it comes time to learn the counting sequence up to ten, why wouldn’t you want something just as mesmerizing, such as an educational kids app? An app such as, 10 Puppies!

10 Puppies is an interactive, talking, educational app available for download on the iOS platform. Available for both the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch, 10 Puppies will maintain your child’s interest as they not only learn the counting sequence, but also learn to distinguish and identify corresponding numbers.

Educational apps for kids, such as 10 Puppies, are leading the way as new educational tools available at your children’s fingertips. With its interactive features, voice narration and colorful interface, 10 Puppies, and apps of the sort, will help stimulate your child’s mind as well as keep them entertained. Win-win!

At What Age Can Kids Use an iPad?

At What Age Can Kids Use iPads

In an age when technology is everywhere you look, it’s not surprising that even young children are getting in on the action. The iPad was released in 2010 and as of June 2012, 84 million have been sold, according to CNET. This tablet computer from Apple has a large, multi-touch screen that kids can play learning games on.


Using the iPad can have benefits for kids. PC World even named the iPad as Toy of the Year in 2010. In a two-week study conducted by PBS, involving children 3 to 7, it was found that educational apps can improve a child’s vocabulary by as much as 31 percent in two weeks. Ann Densmore, an expert in speech and language development, said in an article on HarvardHealth that there are even iPad apps that are helpful for children in speech and language therapy.

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By Amy Sutton, Demand Media


Kids and iPads: The Pros and Cons


“My toddler has discovered my iPad, and now she loves playing with it. Should I feel guilty about letting her use it? Or are there benefits of iPads for toddlers?”

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Importance of Technology in Education

“What time is it?” I ask my 7 year old niece. In response, she immediately picks up her iPad, and says, “3:15 pm.” I smile, because I know what’s coming next. “Want to play a game with me?” she excitedly asks, knowing that yes, of course I do!

She unlocks the iPad, scrolls through the many screens of apps she has download and settles on Kids Tell Time, developed by ZurApps Research Inc. She opens the educational app and decides she wants to play the Match the Clocks” mode (there are 6 different modes to choose from Kids Tell Time). I’m just watching in amazement, because she does all of this so easily. Oh, how the times have changed!

She opens the “Match the Clocks” mode and is immediately prompted with a friendly voice telling her to match the digital clock with the analog clock showing the same time. She’s so excited – and it’s contagious! She 
ponders for a moment, looking at the multiple clocks. I tell her to read aloud the digital clock times, and once she does that she focuses back to the analog clock faces. I can see the wheels turning! She drags one clock that reads 4:45 over to the matching analog clock, “You got it! The time is 4:45.” says the voice within the app. My niece is smiling, she’s so proud of herself and the positive reinforcement from the app is encouragement enough to try another. This time it doesn’t go as smoothly, “This is not the answer”, says the app. She pauses, re-evaluates her options and tries again. This time it ends with her smiling even more. “This is the correct answer!” says the voice within Kids Tell Time.

Using technology in education is becoming increasingly popular. TV shows are educational, almost all classes have computers now and many families have a tablet or smart phone at home. Kids have adapted to learning with these new methods, and are often more comfortable to do so than the old way.

Educational apps made for children, like Kids Tell Time, have grown in popularity substantially over the past few years. In early October, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom released their latest study, Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, and it has masses of data on how British children are getting their entertainment across different devices.

“Around one quarter of children aged 12– 15 (26%) and 18% aged 8-11 have their own tablet computer, while household ownership of a tablet has more than doubled since 2012 (51% vs. 20%). Use of a tablet computer at home has tripled among 5-15’s since 2012 (42% vs.14%) while one-quarter (28%) of 3-4’s use a tablet computer at home.”

That is a lot of children who are using tablets. So, instead of your kids just using the tablet for pleasure and distraction, why not incorporate some educational apps in the mix? Apps like Kids Tell Time are educational and fun. Not only will your child learn to tell time on both analog and digital faces but the positive reinforcement and rewards system within the app will encourage kids to keep trying and challenge themselves. They’ll want to continue earning those animated stars; just another advantage of technology in education! Kids Tell Time is also available in three different languages (English, French and Spanish), so your kids can use their iPad to learn a new language.

As I am watching my niece continue playing Kids Tell Time, I notice that the multiple modes available are keeping her interest peaked. Often, children will get bored when something is repeatedly done over and over again; things will become repetitive and they will no longer be challenged. This is not the case with apps like Kids Tell Time!

Interactive elements and step-by-step narrated instructions make educational apps like Kids Tell Time easy for kids to use without parent supervision. Another great feature for educational children apps is the new guidelines Apple has set for “Made for Kids” apps. With no in-app purchases, no data collection, no third party advertising or links to other apps, parents can feel safe letting their kids use Kids Tell Time without having to worry about unexpected charges showing up in their iTunes account! No one likes those!

When my other niece comes into the room, she immediately wants to join in the fun, obviously!

It can be difficult for two young kids to share one iPad. Luckily, Kids Tell Time has the capability to connect your iPad up to a television. I simply plugged in the HDMI cable, and away we went! The bright colours and clock faces were displayed on the screen, and the girls took turns answering questions. And just like that, there were no fights about whose turn it was to use the iPad, we were all playing and learning together! This option would be great for teachers as well because students can participate and use the educational app in the classroom.

Technology in education is the way of the future.

Stay current and encourage fun, educational activities with apps like Kids Tell Time!

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

Do you see the use of specific things like computers as part of an early childhood curriculum as being powerful enough to change brain development the same way you’ve just described television?

Dr. Perry: Absolutely. I think the difference between computers and television is that television tends to be quite passive. You sit and you are watching and things are happening in front of you but you don’t do anything. Children are natural “manipulators” of the world — they learn through controlling the movement and interactions between objects in their world — dolls, blocks, toy cars, their own bodies. With television, they watch and do not control anything. Computers allow interaction. Children can control the pace and activity and make things happen on computers. They can also repeat an activity again and again if they choose.

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By Kimberly Moore Kneas, Ph.D. and Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of Technology in Early Childhood Programs

We are always looking for the magic bullet, something that will solve all our problems. And, today this magic bullet for education is technology. It will solve all our problems! It will increase academic skills, reduce dropout rates, eliminate the racial divide in academic performance, and increase SAT scores. And it will make the lives of teachers easier. Well, it may not accomplish all of these goals, but educational technology does have a place in early childhood. Right?

It depends on an early childhood program’s overall program goals and objectives, and the program’s goals and objectives for each student. And it depends on how computers are incorporated into the early childhood curriculum (Haugland, 2000).

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By Francis Wardle, Ph.D.