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Bra appar för barn

Det är intressant och se hur barnen använder apparna på Ipaden och mobilerna, hur de lär sig, hur de interagerar och vilka appar som de tycker är kul i längden.

För ett år sedan fanns den inte många appar för barn. Men sedan dess har strömmen stadigt ökat och framförallt är det många indie-producenter, folk som du och jag med bra idéer som skapar appar. Men på senare tid har mediehusen vaknat till liv men de är inte alltid så kreativa och har oftast inga originella idéer utan försöker leva på sina kända barnboksfigurer. I vårt hem är Nicke Nyfiken, Bamse, Pippi och Pettson alla älskade figurer i filmer och böcker men som appar lever de inte upp. Barnen vill ha dem och jag köper men de används oftast bara någon enstaka gång.

Ett störande fenomen i barnspel är ”In app stores”. Även om jag har den funktionen avstängd så är det störande när barnen råkar trycka på ”in app store” ikonen och hamnar i App Store.

Här kommer sex bra appar för barn som är roliga länge.

Spy MouseHD: Extremt kul både för vuxna och barn! Du är musen som ska hämta alla ostar som finns i huset. Men du måste vara strategisk och noga överväga ditt val av väg då katter lurar runt hörnen. 72 nivåer ger väldigt många timmar spel. Kostar 7 kr till iPhone och 22 kr till iPad. Finns ”in app store” men den är mndre störande då den ligger ganska dold.

Toca Store: eller något av de andra Toca apparna som Toca RobotLab, Toca Doctoe, Toca Hair Salon. De är alla bra, pedagogiska och lärorika. Pris mellan gratis och 15 kr.

Lego Duplo: Enkla spel som barnen tycker är kul. Gratis.

Drawing pad: Det finns många ritappar men denna är en av de bättre för barn. Kostar 15 kr.

Fingu: Ett enkel och roligt spel som lär barnen mattematik och koordination av fingrarna. Gratis.


Sock Puppet: Spela in din egen teater med roliga handockor, ljud och animering. Gratis.

iPads take center stage at Sydney school as pen and paper are pushed aside

In a yearlong trial, a Sydney school has issued 145 year 6 students with iPads, which will be used to complete most of their classwork. So what will happen to pen and paper as more and more new technologies are introduced in schools? Do they have a future? Perhaps – well, I’m rooting for the pen. Read the full article at the Ericsson Networked Society blog

What will schools be like in the Networked Society?

When I was at school it was all about a backpack filled with books, a chalkboard, strict rows of desks and chairs, and a teacher at the front instructing us on a wide range of subjects. We didn’t have the internet to find alternative points of view, or smartphones to send texts to friends. Back then, we passed notes. Read the post at The Networked Society Blog

Social life of the young – same needs, different tools

When I was young, dating – or at least trying to date – consisted of slipping a note into a girl’s locker, or shuffling nervously towards her to ask her out with my friends offering humiliating support in the background.

Today it’s much simpler. Ericsson’s ConsumerLab report, Social Life of the Young, looks into how US teenagers are using technology in their social lives. What it shows is that a few text messages can test the temperature of a girl’s interest without you having to suffer the humiliation of your friends’ encouragement. Texting also allows you to communicate with your circle of friends during class or in the privacy of your family home.

Read the post at: http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2012/01/05/social-life-of-the-young-same-needs-different-tools/#more-1942

Redefining learning in the Networked Society

Our world is built with help of technology. We have always worked to develop and improve our societies and our lives through technology. We have invented fantastic things such as the plow, steam engine, the printing press, electrical light, antibiotics, fine arts, music and football….just to name a few.

The school system as we know it is also one of these inventions. Schools have been around since the times of ancient Greece, but what we call formal schooling today is actually not that old. If we take Sweden as example, it was not until 1842 that the common school was introduced. Later on the centralized, standardized, national factory school model was developed. We invented the school house and the classroom to obtain economic scale in the education system.

This concept of school is now in a stage of transformation. We are now standing on the brink of a Networked Society and moving into that society, education, learning, and how we define knowledge will change.

Read more at: http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2011/11/28/redefining-learning-in-the-networked-society/

Digital natives’ stake in the Networked Society

The number of digital natives is growing. By 2020, there will be approximately 4.25 billion ‘digital natives’ under the age of 34.  The number of ‘net experienced’ people in the ageing part of the population is also growing – what will this mean for the Networked Society?

Read this post at: http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2011/08/16/digital-natives-stake-in-the-networked-society/

Children in the smartphone revolution

We all have seen it happen in just a few years. Our phones – used only for phone calls and text messages – have become smartphones. We now use these Swiss army-like devices for many purposes, including entertainment, applications and internet services.

Read this post at: http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2011/07/21/children-in-the-smartphone-revolution/

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