10 Educational Apps, Tips, and Websites Recommended by Moms
We as parents are raising and educating our children on the cusp of technological involvement in the learning process. The internet is exploding with resources. That and mobile devices are making education possible in so many ways and places.
In a recent #gno Twitter party with PBS Kids, parents discussed what to do to help their kids do well in school with the help of technology. The consensus was that parents should be as involved in their children's use of technology as they are in their education, as much because there is such a wide variety of apps, sites, and devices to choose from as there is a need for your kids to be guided in picking which ones to use and monitored in their usage.
Top 10 Apps, Websites, and Educational Tips
The following are the top 10 apps, sites, and Tweet tips offered by our MomItForward #gno Twitter party community, with the many great games and tips offered by PBS Kids starting off the list:
1. @PBSKids, @jylmomif: "Love all the fun iPhone apps... like Photo Factory from @PBSKids. My kids LOVE it!!! @saradewitt: "So glad to see so many PBS KIDS apps fans! You can find them at pbskids.org/mobile—including Electric Company's Wordball! You can find lots of Interactive whiteboard activities at http://pbskids.org/whiteboard @electriccompany: "If you haven't seen our Prankster Planet area, it's at http://to.pbs.org/mDY1Ja—an animated gaming portal focusing on math vocabulary. @jenster80: "For lots of online math games check out http://pbskids.org/games/math.html"
9. @techmama: "Fab resources on PC2 apps like The Elements http://bit.ly/cGshiu. And I like sites that help parents learn - like @commonsensenews @safeinternet @iKeepSafe and many others. Also, app tip: When my kids play games like Angry Birds—I tell them they have2spend equal time playing math apps! Lastly, kids should be shown the "right" apps and websites to learn and play—cause the web & apps can be dangerous."
10. @cafesmom: "When my kids were younger, doing Bridge Books was a reward for them. Now, they earn tickets they can turn in for fun. they can earn friend sleepover, ice cream out w/ dad or mom, they create dinner menu, choose the weekend movie."
What sites or apps are your go-to resources for educational media tools? How do you involve yourself in or regulate your children's use of technology?