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A study shows learning apps usually do nothing
Most educational apps for children have too little learning effect, as a new study from Swinburne University shows. According to study director Kate Highfield are many factors to improve the apps:
“Many applications have too simple a content, so children only repeat what they already know, instead of learning new things.”
Lack of incentives
In many cases, such apps have a positive influence on the learning progress of a child, but most of them are questionable because the content is reduced to the minimum. According to the study, the apps would have a greater effect if children had to learn from their mistakes in the learning game. However, most applications were designed to give the answer after the third attempt. As a result, the child often does not notice his mistake at all and is nevertheless rewarded with the next level or exciting effects.
Creative apps asked
According to Highfield, children are supposed to be asked to apply knowledge in new ways and to find new solutions. The apps should be designed creatively and without a final game goal, so that the child has the constant chance of more education. Apps must be adapted to the child’s level, as well as thought through the repetition routines, otherwise such a system can not be successful.