Mobile Educational Application Developmental Scale (MoEADS):
A first attempt to evaluate mobile educational apps for young children in Greece
Digital technologies have revolutionised our society, and children today grow up and live in a world where these are ubiquitous. The 4th industrial revolution, the term originally coined by Schwab (2016) to describe the spread of digital technologies, affects all aspects of life, from health to commerce, from social interactions to the way people work ( European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice, 2019 , p.20).
Traditional technologies like digital cameras and computers are still quite prevalent, but access to mobile technologies continues to
increase (Pila, Blackwell, Lauricella, & Wartella, 2019, p. 20). From the latest technologies in smartphones and personal computers to the growing multitude and permanence of education-focused games and applications (apps) to even faster and more complex internet systems, it is now more important than ever to consider all of the experiences of young children growing up in a highly digital world. (Pila, Blackwell, Lauricella, & Wartella, 2019, p.5).
Despite the prevalence of educational apps for children, there is
little evidence of their effectiveness for learning. Very few of these apps were developed with benchmarks of educational quality in mind or provide developmentally appropriate guidance.
This project (Mobile Educational Application Developmental Scale (MoEADS)) aspires to provide to the educational community as well as parents and software developments an innovativeway for the evaluation of self-proclaimed “educational” applications (apps) for young age children. An extensive use of international literature (as in Greece there are no similar studies) as well as advanced statistical methods will be applied in the evaluation domain, to develop an evaluation instrument eligible for use by educators, parents and software developments.
We are especially indebted to the Special Account of Research of the University of Crete, which financially supports our research effort, Κ.Α 10133, Mobile Educational Application Developmental Scale (MoEADS): A first attempt to evaluate mobile educational apps for young children in Greece.