The Fall 2015 Parents’ Choice Awards® are out, and we’re proud to say that Parents’ Choice Recommends six Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ apps in the Mobile Apps category. Check out the reviews of Gracie & Friends Breakfast Time, Jungle Gym, Lemonade Stand, Park Play, Photo Friends, and Treasure Bubbles.
Two of our apps are already Approved by Parents’ Choice in the Software – Mobile Apps category: Gracie & Friends Birthday Café and City Skate.
Thank you to the Parents’ Choice Foundation for their work helping parents and educators identify top learning materials, and thank you to our team here at WGBH and to our partners at EDC and SRI for their commitment to making high-quality educational media!
Balefire Labs rates educational apps for children with the mission of guiding parents and educators to navigate the app world and choose high quality educational apps. This month, Balefire Labs selected Gracie & Friends Treasure Bubbles and Gracie & Friends Jungle Gym as two of July’s top rated Kids’ EdApps.
Next Generation Preschool Math will provide an example of what research and public media are doing for early learning through digital media at the New America Foundation’s event “Beyond Screen Time: Early Learning and Digital Media.”
The event itself is an “afternoon of moderated discussion, innovative exhibits and networking that explore a world beyond ‘screen time,’ recognizing technology as more than an electronic babysitter and pushing for high standards in how it is used.”
Check out the Beyond Screen Time video!
Picked up the paper lately? Or – more likely – have you taken a look at the online edition of The New York Times on your smartphone or tablet lately? If so, you may have seen the Education Issue of the Science section that ran on September 2, 2013, featuring groundbreaking work and research in science and math education, including – you guessed it! – Next Gen Math! Journalist Lisa Guernsey, who joined us in on one of our visits to our preschool partner sites during our prototype development phase, writes that “scientific research on the educational value of apps is nearly nonexistent. The NextGen project is trying to change that.”
Having our fifteen minutes of fame in The New York Times is, of course, a dream for us. But even more exciting is the fact that is just the beginning of the conversation about technology and curriculum in early education centers. We’re hoping that our focus on the student, the teacher, and the learning will steer the conversation in the right direction from the get-go.
Read the full article, and let us know what you think about apps in the preschool classroom!