Toddlers May Learn More From Touch Screens Than Educational TV

I came across this story last month and it seemed appropriate to highlight here. It’s really not that surprising a finding, because watching TV is essential a passive activity and interacting with an electronic touch screen device is active. But for some reason, many of us tend to throw all “screen” related activities in the same mental bucket, so a study like this reminds us that screens can involve very different activities.

I also smiled when I read this article because it reminded me of the video I posted about a child and touch screens, A Magazine is an iPad that Doesn’t Work.

Here’s an excerpt of what appeared on Psych Central News:

Toddlers May Learn More From Touch Screens Than Educational TV

By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor, Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 16, 2013

Interactive touch screens may be better learning devices for toddlers younger than 2-1/2 years old compared to educational TV shows, according to new research.

“Some of our research is starting to show that even a young 2-year-old might be able to learn from interactive screens,” said Heather Kirkorian, Ph.D., assistant professor of human development and family studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Just as ‘Sesame Street’ has closed education gaps for low-income children during the preschool years, we might be able to benefit even younger kids if we can use interactive media in the same way.”

via Toddlers May Learn More From Touch Screens Than Educational TV | Psych Central News.