Harvard Family Research Project
In 2014 we began writing about how important it is for parents and families to guide children’s use of digital media. The winter holidays are a great opportunity for all of us—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, siblings—to play and learn with kids and digital media. We know that families are asking for ideas about good, inexpensive apps1 that are fun and support learning, and that, when families and children play and learn with digital media, it is usually a powerful learning experience for all involved.
So we asked experts Julie M. Wood and Nicole Ponsford of TechnoTeachers to choose and write about educational apps, online games, and ebooks to enjoy with children of all ages over the holidays. We also asked Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate students Karen Dunham, Laura Alves, Chalatwan Chattrabhuti, and Babe Liberman to compile a list of educational apps (PDF) that are interactive and can engage families in fun learning activities. We hope that you will find these apps a wonderful addition to your holiday festivities and that you will share these recommendations with others!