If you are looking for digital tools in the education category prepare to make yourself comfortable. Over 80,000 apps are labeled “educational” in online app stores. The notion of “educational app” implies that children will acquire new knowledge and skills as a result of their activities. However, research from the Science of Learning shows that not all learning apps are created equal—or are even designed with learning in mind for that matter.
Use the Four Pillars developed by the Science of Learning to determine if an app is truly educational, and select educational apps with real substance. Apps that don’t make the grade are equal to digital candy or cognitive junk food.