• Channeling Positive Tablet Usage To Foster Childhood Development | TechCrunch

     

    http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/10/channeling-positive-tablet-usage-to-foster-childhood-development/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29“Kids spend too much time on tablets and smartphones, not enough time outside!”

    “They are losing key skills because they are spending too much time on video games and apps!”

    We hear statements like these constantly, but the fact is, technology is a part of our lives, including our children’s, and that isn’t likely to change. Instead of looking at tech as the ogre, why not consider the types of apps, games and programs children are using?

    When children are allowed to learn through play, there is far less time spent on behavior management. Educational gaming apps and programs allow kids to have fun while simultaneously providing critical skills and knowledge.

    Many teachers have employed this practice in classroom learning; and programs and apps extend this important practice throughout the year and on the weekends for in-home learning.

    Play-based learning helps kids focus on the task at hand rather than outside distractions. With games, kids can dive in and focus on problem-solving and other critical skills. Certain video games have been found to improve strategic thinking and help the brain to become more agile.

    Combining learning with the enjoyment of video gaming can help students learn across all subjects. Parents who want to ensure that their children enjoy positive screen-time should pay close attention to the types of content being downloaded. Many tech companies are working to ensure the growing amount of time children spend with apps, tablets and smartphones is not only fun but fruitful. Read more…