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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

December 11, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Harvard experts on families and learning offer apps guide for kids

Please don’t scroll down to the end of the this post because there’s a monster at the end of this post.

Well, as fans of the Sesame Street classic “The Monster at the End of this Book” know, the only monster waiting on the last page is good old lovable Grover. But now kids can enjoy the digital version of Grover’s anguished pleas to stop turning pages on their iPhone or iPad.

The e-book for preschoolers is among the free or low-cost educational apps, online games and e-books recommended by the Harvard Family Research Project for families to put those smartphones, tables and game consoles to good use over the winter holidays.

The Harvard researchers suggest that parents choose digital activities that are engaging, encourage rich exploration, stimulate language development and offer children a new way of experiencing the world.

Other recommendations include:

  • The Museum of Modern Art’s ArtLab iPad App lets kids create their own artwork, learn about art and try activities inspired by works of art including creating mobiles, sound compositions, group drawings and  collages.
  • The American Museum of Natural History’s  Dinosaurs iPad app allows kids to explore the museum’s extensive fossil collection from home.
  • The Star Walk interactive astronomy and stargazing guide shows celestial objects in the exact positions on the sky above the user, which is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle and Windows Phone.

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