Kids Prefer Print Books Before Bed

According to this study by Scholastic, when it comes to sharing books and reading before bed, kids prefer print to digital.

In the fourth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report, researchers asked kids ages 6-17 and their parents about their reading habits for both electronic and printed books.  From the study: Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about traveling.  Print books are seen by kids as better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.

In our house, the rule is no ebooks/iPad at bedtime, only print for our 6 and 3 year-old.  There’s just something missing when you “curl up” with your kids and the iPad.  However, I do agree with this mother of a 6 year-old boy quoted in the study, “As long as he is reading that is what’s important.  If he prefers ebooks that is fine with me.  I think more kids will be reading ebooks and he should be comfortable with both.”



The Tokyo Shimbun “Share the Newspaper with Children”

A colleague passed along this video. Check it out. The Tokyo Shimbun created a new service where a smartphone changes articles for adults into ones for children. Thus, the newspaper became a media read by both parent and child and an educational tool for children.

Love this.  Great concept.  The future, perhaps?

A Powerful Tablet for Children

Saw this in Sunday’s Boston Globe (note to Globe – the search function on your website stinks) – a review of Ematic’s FunTab Pro tablet for kids.  From the piece:

“You may need to use ice cream and jelly bean bribes to get Ematic’s FunTab Pro out of your child’s hands.  This 7-inch Android 4.0 child’s tablet has enough power to load programs before little minds wander, two cameras for taking photos or capturing videos, and hundreds of fun and educational apps and programs.  The FunTab Pro has an ergonomic grip for little hands, and comes with a selection of blue, pink, and red faceplates.  $149.99 at Walmart.”

Spotify Creates App for Kids

Anyone who knows me is painfully aware that I love love love Spotify.

Well, good news from our friends over there as they’ve joined forces with Kidz Bop to launch the brand new Kidz Bop Boombox app specifically for kids and families targeted at three different age groups: “Preschool” (ags 2-4), “Kidz” (ages 5-9) and “The Boom” (ages 10 & up).


Boston Globe Putting iPads in Public Schools

The Boston Globe announced that a digital pilot program that will put 75 iPads into public school classrooms in Boston and Stoneham, Mass.

According to Robert Saurer, the Globe’s director of customer experience and innovation, “We believe that digital kids turn into digital adults.  We want to provide easy, portable access not only to our content, but to the greater world of content on the web — deployed in the classroom daily, streamed live, as the kids are learning.”

Wicked ‘smaht’ move by the Globe and the wave of the future, for sure.  Better to have kids reading the Globe, or any newspaper, on an iPad rather than no newspapers at all.

Disney Announces Virtual Toy Box with ‘Infinity’ Gaming Experience

Disney recently announced what the company is calling its “most ambitious gaming initiative ever” — Disney Infinity.  The platform will turn Disney and Pixar characters into animated superheroes, allowing Mr. Incredible to run alongside Mike Wazowski for example, in a virtual “toy box.”

The gaming platform will launch in June across all consoles, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Wii U — and will roll out in phases on mobile devices and the Web throughout the year.

Folks, plain and simple, Disney has done it again.  They’ve basically taken the concept behind Activision’s Skylanders and just quadrupled the ante.  Well played, Disney.  Well played indeed.

Times Columnist Creates Bobo App

Bob Tedeschi, tech columnist for the New York Times, went undercover to develop an app for the iPad. But after his $4.99 “Bobo Explores Light” children’s educational app became a hit, Tedeschi was asked to leave the beat to write about gardening.

Tedeschi undertook the project using the pseudonym Craig Fusco so Apple wouldn’t give him any unwarranted favorable or unfavorable treatment. In a recent interview, he said he was moved from the tech beat after telling his editors of Bobo’s success.

“Bobo,” aimed at kids aged 8 to 12, is an interactive 21-chapter text that explains how light works through lasers and fireworks. Bobo is the robot guide.