Fantastic op-ed in Sunday’s NY Times about using technology for education vs. fun that I highly recommend every parent read.
Here’s my takeaway from the piece:
“Let children play games that are not educational in their free time. Personally, I’d rather my children played Cookie Doodle or Cut the Rope on my iPhone while waiting for the subway to school than do multiplication tables to a beep-driven soundtrack. Then, once they’re in the classroom, they can challenge themselves. Deliberate practice of less-than-exhilarating rote work isn’t necessarily fun but they need to get used to it – and learn to derive from it meaningful reward, a pleasure far greater than the record high score.”