There has been a lot of controversy over children, technology, and “screen time”. We cannot deny the benefits of technology in education – of which there are many:
- Khan academy tailors education for the individual
- Technology allows us to flip classrooms
- Tablets help children to learn on their own
- The educational benefits of Minecraft
- Minecraft education in the classroom
However, there are concerns we need to be aware of:
To gain the positives while minimising the negatives, it is important to strike a balance with our use of technology:
- The sweet spot of technology in education
- Children’s technology use – too much or too little?
- Screen-free week
So how do we make sure that balance is maintained? If our children are going to spend time on the computer and tablet, let’s make sure they’re still learning. That’s where Educents’ Top 101 Educational Websites and Apps of 2016 comes in handy.
This incredible round-up of educational websites, apps, online curriculum, and digital learning resources provides a go-to guide for continued learning over summer and in the new academic year. You can browse the guide by subject to find the perfect resources for your kids to brush up on certain skills or learn something new!
With 101 great options to choose from, here are a few that stand out:
Kids Discover Online is an interactive online reading platform, offering 3 Lexile(R) reading levels and over 1,000 science and social studies resources, vetted by subject experts.
FarFaria offers over 1000 ebooks for your children. Each story comes to your mobile device as a colorfully illustrated book that they can flip through, read on their own, or have read to them. If they choose to hear the story, each word is highlighted as a professional actor recites it.
With music, games, lessons, and stories, HOOKED ON PHONICS: LEARN TO READ is the simplest, most effective and most fun way to learn to read. Enjoy songs, games and interactive entertainment in a style that has never been seen before in an educational app.