1. National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

    National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

    A team of developmental and cognitive psychologists and learning experts this month published a report on digital game play and app use among 6-12 year olds – specifically, what is known and not known about impacts on cognitive development and learning. They recommend target research areas to maximize child educational outcomes, best practices in schools, and policies for developing effective educational games and apps for this group of under-studied youth.

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    1. Even those in the poorest communities now have access to mobile devices, and this technology has potential to help address educational inequities. But we need to know much more about how to help families use this technology constructively.
    2. The ubiquitous availability of these technologies provide new opportunities for conducting rigorous research, not only on the effects of digital games but on basic questions regarding cognitive and social-emotional development.
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