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Young Children Learning With Mobile Devices: Research on Design and Implementation

Mon, April 16, 8:15 to 10:15am, Millennium Broadway New York Times Square, Sixth Floor, Room 6.01

Session Type: Symposium

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The increasing growth and usage of mobile devices, such as tablets and iPads, by young children has not yet been accompanied by systematic research about the effects they have on children's learning and the conditions that facilitate or hinder learning and engagement. As a result, only few empirically-based guidelines exist to guide parents, educators, and application (app) designers when choosing or designing apps for young children, often leading to non-evidence-based decisions, or the design of apps with little educational value. This symposium aims to bring together researchers from Australia, the UK and USA to discuss what evidence exist about the learning potential of mobile devices and apps for young children and how it could be used to inform relevant stakeholders.

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