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Get the most from apps for kids

Young people are now spending more hours on their devices – iPads, phones and computers – than they do sleeping.

Anxious parents will point out how bad this technology obsession is for young people.

Too much screen time has been linked to falling grades, impeded social interaction and a lack of exercise.

But there’s a flip side. Several studies support technology’s positive influence on young users.

It offers exciting opportunities for learning and can strengthen interpersonal relationships.

In the same way that some food is healthy and some is not, some apps are lower in mental fibre than others.

Based on my own research into how students learn with technology, here’s a guide to getting rid of “junk” apps and ensuring your young ones develop healthy tech habits, both in term time and during the school holidays.

From passive to active

The key lies in shifting kids from using apps that make them passive content consumers to those where they are active content producers. Encouraging the use of activating apps can help children to develop a wide range of 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.

But before I look at apps that will actively engage kids during school holidays, here are the “apps” you should immediately delete from their lives:

lAPPrehension: feelings of inadequacy caused by social media;

lAPProval: the dangerous pursuit of digital validation through likes and followers;

lAPathy: the increasing desire to passively consume content; and

lAPartness: the isolating danger that technology can cause.

Once these “apps” are deleted, here’s a selection of apps that will not only engage your kids, but help them develop important skills.

I’ve selected a few iOS, Android, and Web-based apps (accessible through a browser on any device) and grouped them according to the skills they will develop.

Activating apps

Curation: Curation apps help kids to develop key skills such as reading, categorising and organising.

lPinterest (iOS, Android, Web): This popular visual pinboard is great for creating collections of images. How about a pinboard of Disney characters?

lLearning Lab (Web): This site, created by the Smithsonian museum, allows kids to curate museum artefacts. (Web): Create fun, shareable lists of websites, videos and more from the web. How about starting with a list of all of the places you want to visit?


There’s a shift from learning through content consumption to learning through conversation around content in online spaces. Conversation-based apps provide opportunities to debate, discuss and enrich relationships.

lMaily (iOS/Android): A parent-controlled app that allows kids to create fun messages with drawings and text.

l Playkids Talk (Android): This instant messaging app is for primary school kids.

With parental permission kids can send instant messages including photos, voice recordings and graphics to one another.


Research shows that one of the most effective ways to learn is through mistakes.

Technology allows us to easily experiment, make mistakes and learn through correction.

lScribblenauts (iOS/Android): Lets kids bring any object to life simply by typing its name.

These objects are then used to solve fun problems.

lKahoot! (Web/iOS/Android): A gamified take on quizzes that makes learning – and mistakes – lots of fun. You can create your own quiz or try one of the thousands already created.

This is a great way to get a group of kids (and adults) learning and laughing together.


Creating content develops key skills such as logic, creative thinking and problem solving.

lBook Creator (Android and iOS) allows kids to create their own books using their own photos, videos and so on. The final book can even be published to the Google Play store or iBooks.

lMonster Physics (iOS): Lets kids build working contraptions using a range of parts like wheels, rockets and magnets. Once the contraption is built kids can test it to see how it works.

lScratch (Web, iOS, Android): One of the most powerful ways to teach kids creative thinking and logic is through programming. MIT’s Scratch environment is designed to let kids learn to programme in an easy, fun way.


Learning to make sense of too much information, missing information, and conflicting information is a skill children increasingly need to develop in our content-excessive world.

lWord clouds (Web) are a great way to distil large amounts of text into fascinating visual representations. Worditout allows kids to easily create a word cloud from any piece of text. How about creating a word cloud of the news, or a famous speech?

lMindmaps are useful to help organise your thinking. Corkulous (iOS) provides a fun corkboard spin on this concept for kids.

lSometimes kids can be overwhelmed or bored by content but they always enjoy cartoons. Rather than reading or watching them, let your kids create cartoons with or animations with How about asking them to create a cartoon that summarises their year?

Keeping track

No matter which apps your kids choose, it’s important to keep track of their use. Research suggests that screen time should be limited, whether young users are consuming “junk” apps or learning while they swipe.

OurPact is a great tool to automate this process.

It allows parents to set usage schedules or turn off a device at any time. — The Conversation

Craig Blewett, a senior lecturer in Education & Technology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, runs the website

l The Conversation is funded by Barclays Africa and nine universities, including the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, National University of Science and Technology and the Universities of the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria, Western Cape, Witwatersrand and South Africa.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is
a Strategic Partner.


BASF South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, November 2016. BASF in South Africa made a donation today of R200 000 to the Incubating Great Engineering Minds (iGEMS) programme to support the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. This is the second year that the company has supported this project.

iGEMS is a Nelson Mandela Bay based education-to-employment initiative led by the Unity in Africa Foundation, in partnership with Go for Gold and the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  It is a collaboration between companies and civil society created to improve the number of candidates from disadvantaged communities eligible to study towards a technical profession and secure employment.

The programme provides senior high school extra tuition in Mathematics and Science through after-school and Saturday morning tutoring, offers career guidance through an internship ‘gap’ year at the sponsoring companies, bridges the gap between school and university by providing courses in Mathematics and Science for the internship students in order to better prepare them for university studies, provides information on and access to bursaries for tertiary studies, develops pupils’ leadership and community service skills, secures employment with sponsoring companies, and focusses strongly on leadership development.

Launched in 2015 with an initial Grade 11 intake of 16 students, the 2016 intake has seen 13 of these students progress to their second year, and a new intake of 30 Grade 11 pupils.  According to iGEMS programme manager, Laurene Booth-Jones, iGEMS is particularly focused on aligning their programme with the needs of the automotive, construction and renewable energy sectors and related industries. “At iGEMS, we are committed to enabling growing numbers of young people from disadvantaged communities in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage area to benefit from our holistic education and leadership development programme,” she said.

BASF Country Cluster South Africa Head, Benoit Fricard, said that developing future engineers and scientists is crucial for the success of the chemical and manufacturing industries.  “At BASF we are firmly committed to supporting the upliftment of science, mathematics and engineering programmes that will ultimately support the sustainability of our industry,” he said. BASF South Africa’s Port Elizabeth based Mobile Emissions Catalysts Site Director, Paul Allday said: “We are proud to be one of the initial companies that came on board last year to support this programme and believe that, down the line, we will have played a role in producing a pool of young talent who will be equipped for the workplace.”