Technology doesn't replace traditional skills, but it can bring kids into the creative process.
I recently visited a book publisher to speak at an away-day for itschildren's publishing team. The brief was to talk about the children'sapps market, including innovative startups and developers.
There was certainly lots of whizzy tech to talk about. Augmented reality; multi-touch counting aids; powerful music sequencers disguised as digital toys; use of the camera; physical accessories… A wave of innovation in the kid-apps space as developers explore the learning and play possibilities of touchscreen devices.
But here's the thing: the more I thought about all this technology, and how my own three and five year-old sons use apps, the more I realised that the best children's apps are successful because of a pair of more traditional qualities.
Great storytelling. Strong characters.
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Via Carisa Kluver, Cynthia Garrety