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What Students Think Of Mobile Learning And What Makes A Great App | Edudemic

What Students Think Of Mobile Learning And What Makes A Great App | Edudemic | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

(..) What Makes A Better Mobile Learning App?

We spoke with the Answer Underground folks about what they think it takes to make a better mobile learning app. Not surprisingly, they had done plenty of research in this area as well.

They found that the biggest feature students want in an app is simply not a ton of features. Students say hunting for answers via Google can be cumbersome as it’s easy to get quickly distracted or lost in the clutter of ads and related links. In fact, even toolbar bookmarks in browsers can be too distracting.

Being able to do one task very well is the key to a good app. Don’t try to be a Swiss Army Knife for everything in education. An app like Answer Underground performs one function well.

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@StuartDredge: Why writing an app is different to writing a children's picture book

Moira Butterfield and Nosy Crow keen to see authors and publishers collaborating more on book-apps.

 

Kate Wilson: "We'd love to find authors who are interested in working on apps," writes Wilson. "But writing a highly interactive, multimedia children's app that is a satisfying reading experience is not the same as writing a picture book."

She outlines several reasons: apps are more collaborative processes than printed books – "more, perhaps, like writing a film-script than writing a book" – and may require authors to be thinking more about what goes into animation and coding. They're non-linear experiences too, where the linear narrative sits alongside interactive elements.

"Apps are new, and they're developing fast. I think that authors who are interested in writing in this space need to keep up with developments, immerse themselves in this world and get to know the best of the apps that are out there, and, even better, spend time with children who are reading those apps to see how they use the screen and what they expect from it," writes Wilson.

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Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces @Ddonahoo

Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces @Ddonahoo | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.

 

- All designers of digital books should be aware of issues surrounding digital book design in relation to the promotion of literacy skills in children.

 

- Designers and developers need to think carefully about the development of interactivity, prompts and interface because, as this initial report suggests, these prompts do not necessarily enhance the reading experience for children and parents in co-reading situations.

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Apple Sold Twice as Many iPads as Macs to Schools - Kate Freeman on mashable.com

Apple Sold Twice as Many iPads as Macs to Schools - Kate Freeman on mashable.com | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Apple's Third Quarter earnings call on Tuesday unveiled some information that goes to show just how useful the iPad is for educators.

 

“I’ve never seen an adoption rate like this in the past,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The company announced it sold twice as many iPads as Macs for use in educational environments. Apple sold 1 million iPads for educational purposes, and interest in the iPad2 in k-12 was strong, it was said during the call

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The additive effect of tablet reading | Lean Back 2.0 (Nielsen in The Economist)

The additive effect of tablet reading | Lean Back 2.0 (Nielsen in The Economist) | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

My tablet is rarely far from my side – and that’s just the point. It enhances my interaction with family, friends and colleagues. I also love that it happens to be home to my somewhat scattered taste in music!

And it’s not just adults using tablets for themselves: seven out of 10 tablet owning adults with children say their kids use the devices as well.

In my case, the kids seem to delight in adding applications, movies and TV shows to my tablet! They so naturally interact with it, it’s remarkable. They’re the embodiment of the now common notion that people will gravitate towards the best available screen. If we’re travelling, the best available screen is often my tablet, so sometimes it’s a battle to retain control!

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[video] CBS @60Minutes about Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad

[video] CBS @60Minutes about Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

Autistic people whose condition prevents them from speaking are making breakthroughs with the help of tablet computers and special applications that allow them to communicate. Lesley Stahl reports.

 

-> Stacy, one of the teachers interviewed said: students are "engaged with [the iPad] in a way [teachers] don't see with other toys or puzzles or teaching tools" 

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E-Book Is Reading You - The Wall Street Journal

E-Book Is Reading You - The Wall Street Journal | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before. How that's changing the experience of reading.
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Resources and Talent Biggest Challenges for Publishers Going Digital | Digital Book World

Resources and Talent Biggest Challenges for Publishers Going Digital | Digital Book World | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Survey: Lack of financial resources and internal expertise are the biggest challenges facing book publishers struggling to become digital content businesses.
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Children with short attention spans 'failing to read books' - Telegraph

Children with short attention spans 'failing to read books' - Telegraph | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of children are being turned off books by the end of primary school because of the influence of the internet and lack of reading in the home, according to research.
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De la propriete du livre numérique - Hubert Guillaud

A l'occasion du Salon i-Expo et à l'invitation de Lionel Maurel - Calimaq - j'étais invité à plancher sur la propriété à l'heure du numérique. 

 

http://www.slideshare.net/HubertGuillaud/de-la-propriete-du-livre-numerique

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Un café avec Véronique Favre, qui expérimente l’iPad en Petite Section | DeclicKids

Un café avec Véronique Favre, qui expérimente l’iPad en Petite Section | DeclicKids | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

l’iPad en Petite Section de maternelle avec @vairaunik sur @DeclicKids. On aime: les binômes (pas d'individualisation) 

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The Shatzkin files: Learned (or figured out) at BEA 2012 (via @Porter_Anderson)

1. Metadata is still a mess.

2. Still, nobody reports selling illustrated books effectively as ebooks. 

3. Still, nobody reports a formula that can deliver repeated commercial success with enhanced ebooks.

4. Publishers still haven’t focused on creating rights databases

5. The problems that distributors are facing with ebooks in the public library market are being duplicated in the K-12 library market.

6. The slowdown in ebook share growth got a bit of conversation. Did I believe it was real?

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Print or E-books: Which Are Better for Early Learners? Edweek

Print or E-books: Which Are Better for Early Learners? Edweek | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

... Researchers (at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center) found that print and basic e-books are better if parents and educators want to emphasize building literacy skills over just reading for fun. The interactive features of enhanced e-books can distract parents and kids from the story, impacting what kids absorb and the kinds of questions that parents ask.

But when it comes to motivating reluctant readers, enhanced e-readers may entice them in ways that print and basic e-books would not, the study said.

It's a fair certainty that e-books are here to stay, so it's up to parents and educators to determine the role they should play—as it is with all electronic media— in children's lives.

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KinderSights: How Do Parents and Teachers Search for Apps? – Kindertown

Most Popular Search Criteria in the KinderTown App
Age is by far the most popular search criteria, with 50.2% of searches specifying an age criteria. Price was second at 40.6% followed by Platform (31.8%) and Type (30.2%)

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Designing Children's Play in the Digital Age - @Ddonahoo

Designing Children's Play in the Digital Age - @Ddonahoo | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
There are two ways to design play for children in the digital age, especially if your game is products that you want parents to buy to support the learning and development of their children.

 

You can either: guess or observe.

 

Guessing is where you imagine what children need, you look at the research on paper, you think about your childhood or your children's experience and you develop an app, a digital learning environment, a toy, a puzzle that you believe will be appropriate for children.

This is a reasonable way to develop a product, it is also very hit and miss. We see a lot of apps being developed in this environment and not enough testing or iterations of an idea. We see simulations of toys and many copies of successful interactive tools. It isn't surprising many fail to meet both the creators' and parents' expectations. Young children, well they just don't give poorly designed learning tools a second chance.

 

With observation you need more patience. It is the skill that early childhood professional learn and enact in childcare centers and kindergartens and early years settings before most other things. And, it is a wonderful approach to employ when designing play and digital learning environments for young children.

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iOS 6, A Leap Forward in the Special Needs Community

iOS 6, A Leap Forward in the Special Needs Community | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

Apple (...)  introduced "Guided Access" a feature aimed at children to keep them from exiting out of the program assigned to them. It is sort of a fail safe built into the iPhone and iPad to keep the child focused on the task at hand, whether it be a book or a test administered by a teacher.

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New Stats Show Great Gains in Children's Fiction in 2011 US market

New Stats Show Great Gains in Children's Fiction in 2011  US market | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
The second annual edition of BookStats, a collaborative venture between the Book Industry Study Group and the Association of American Publishers, has just been released and brings good news for children's fiction.
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Dutch School Pulls Back from 1:1 iPad Program - The Digital Reader

Dutch School Pulls Back from 1:1 iPad Program - The Digital Reader | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

Hondsrug College in the Netherlands shows us today, content is still king.

This private Christian school made headlines last year when they announced that they were issuing iPads to all the students. They were the first school in the Netherlands to do so, spending over a quarter of a million euros to buy 700 iPads. And today they are getting even more attention as they transition back to paper textbooks.

According to sources, the school was more than capable of running the hardware side of the iPad program, but in their rush to use the tablets they forgot to make sure that their curriculum was ready to be used on it. There simply wasn’t enough academic content in Dutch, and from the sounds of things the teachers hadn’t transitioned their material either.

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Des baby-tablettes pour les premiers apprentissages - Cécile Prudhomme - Le Monde

Pour Noël, les fabricants de jouets proposeront toute une gamme de tablettes numériques conçues pour les enfants à partir de... 18 mois.

 

(...) Un échantillon de 300 mères d'enfants âgés de 1 à 6 ans ont été interrogées en mai par l'Institut des mamans, spécialiste des études auprès des femmes enceintes, des mères et des enfants. Sur les 56,7 % de femmes qui possédaient un smartphone et les 18,9 % une tablette, 85 % ont déclaré que leur enfant était attiré par leur appareil et 80,2 % d'entre elles qu'il l'utilisait. Plus de la moitié - 57,9 % - d'entre elles avaient déjà téléchargé des applications destinées aux enfants.

 

Que font les petits lorsqu'ils ont un écran tactile en main ? Principalement des jeux (74,9 %), mais ils regardent aussi des photos (70,6 %), font des coloriages, du dessin (57,8 %), regardent des vidéos (52,6 %), écoutent de la musique (49,2 %). Moins nombreux sont ceux qui font des exercices éducatifs (33,6 %), et encore moins ceux qui lisent (14,6 %)

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#bookapps – Profile, HarperCollins, Nosy Crow and Penguin talk publishing apps | The Appside

#bookapps – Profile, HarperCollins, Nosy Crow and Penguin talk publishing apps | The Appside | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Tonight's Publishing Apps conference ended with a panel session of publishers: Michael Bhaskar, Profile; Alex Gatrell, HarperCollins; Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow and Nathan Hull, Penguin.
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Mothers now prefer handing over smartphones rather than dummies to comfort crying babies - Daily Mail‏

Mothers now prefer handing over smartphones rather than dummies to comfort crying babies - Daily Mail‏ | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
When faced with a troublesome child, parents have traditionally turned to a toy or a dummy for help in restoring the peace.
But, in a sign of the times, they are increasingly reaching for a rather more high-tech solution . . . a smartphone.
More than one in four mothers admits to handing over a phone to a crying or bored tot when they need entertaining, research has found.

And it is more common than shoving a dummy in their mouth or giving them a soft toy or even a bottle in these high tech times.
A range of apps for youngsters, including games, puzzles and educational programmes, means smartphones are now a parent’s best friend, said Asda.

The study found 27 per cent of mothers give their phones to their children to keep them entertained.
And although 40 per cent of these restrict playtime to no longer than ten minutes, 10 per cent admitted leaving their children to play with their mobile for anything up to two hours.

 

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LUDOVIA TV: Quels plaisirs avec le numérique ?

LUDOVIA TV: Quels plaisirs avec le numérique ? | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
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@cafepedagogique - Futur en Seine : Serge Tisseron : « L'école, une chance pour le numérique »

@cafepedagogique - Futur en Seine : Serge Tisseron : « L'école, une chance pour le numérique » | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

Le rôle essentiel d'une motivation intrinsèque

Serge Tisseron aimerait « une école qui donne plus de place au travail de groupe et à la mise en valeur des productions des élèves », contre la tentation des écrans individuels qui isolent chacun dans son coin, face à son travail. Il faut réfléchir, souligne-t-il, au moment et à la manière d'introduire les écrans en classe de sorte qu'ils n'excluent pas les apports de la culture du livre, qui offre des ressources que les écrans n'ont pas encore.

 

(...) Relativiser la culture du livre.. et celle du numérique !

Le numérique a l'intérêt de relativiser la culture du livre, reprend Serge Tisseron, en montrant ce qu'elle a de précieux et ce qui lui manque – sans quoi on n'aurait pas inventé le numérique ! Il prend en charge d'autres capacités mentales que le livre. Mais le bénéfice des écrans ne vaut qu’à condition de poser d'autres repères au préalable, corporels, spatiaux, temporels : « si on ne vous a pas laissé le temps de jouer, si on ne vous a pas lu des histoires le soir, vous serez perdus face au numérique – et ce ne sera pas la faute du numérique ! » remarque-t-il, évoquant les mères fières de montrer en consultation les compétences sur Smartphone d'un bébé incapable de manipuler des cubes réels. « L'introduction trop rapide du numérique détruit la construction du rapport au corps. Si on introduit trop tôt les écrans, on met en péril les rapports corporels et temporels, au risque de fabriquer des zombies qui passent leur temps devant un écran dans des activités répétitives, compulsives, stéréotypées non innovantes et non créatives ». Il semble désormais essentiel de réfléchir aux conditions d'une nécessaire prise de recul à l'égard des activités numériques.

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Apple Keeps Loyalty of Mobile App Developers - NY Times

Apple Keeps Loyalty of Mobile App Developers - NY Times | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Apps have become vital in marketing mobile technologies to consumers, and the allegiance of app developers to Apple has helped propel the success of its devices.

 

 

(...) Developers say it is easier, and therefore less costly, to develop apps for the iPhone than for Android phones, in part because there are far more models of Android phones in use, with different screen sizes, processors and other technologies.

The variations in hardware and software are not insurmountable obstacles, developers say, but performing the testing to ensure that apps run properly on most Android phones adds time and cost.

“Writing apps consistently across all of them is really hard,” said Nat Brown, an independent iOS developer in Seattle who has created a line of children’s apps for the iPhone.

Mr. Brown also said he periodically considered writing Android apps, but had decided against it in part because iPhone users have demonstrated a higher willingness than Android users to pay for apps.

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Apple has been far more effective in getting iPhone users to update their phones with the latest version of iOS than Google and its partners have with Android. This makes it easier for iPhone developers to write their apps because there is less variation in the underlying software on the devices.

One other advantage Apple has among developers is the iPad, which has so far maintained its dominance in the tablet category, despite challenges by an assortment of Android tablets.

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One occasional source of discontent among Apple’s developers is the greater control that the company exerts over its App Store, for which it takes a more hands-on approach to approving software for distribution than Google does.

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Print Books vs. E-Books: facts and fictions

Nosy Crow's reaction to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's paper "Print Books vs. E-books: Comparing parent-child co-reading on print, basic, and enhanced e-book platforms" and the ensuing article in The Guardian headlined “Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study”

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