Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

How to use screen time for education

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center study, Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America has found that 80 percent of kids use educational media weekly. Namely, parents say that the learning experience of their children goes beyond the screen, with many of them engaging in imaginative play, and wanting to do projects based on something they have learned from educational media. This is quite an encouraging data considering we have witnessed children being under the influence of television, tablets, and computers every day, and spending a lot of time playing video games. Some may think screen time serves only for fun, but it does not necessarily have to be that way.


Use screen time to educate kids

We could categorize screen time into categories, thus making the first one, passive consumption, which would include watching TV, reading, and listening to music. Furthermore, interactive consumption would concern playing games and browsing the Internet. Additionally, communication category would include video-chatting and using social media. Finally, content creation considers using devices to make digital art or music. Obviously, some of these activities can be observed as educational activities which help a child expand his or her knowledge.


Computers, tablets, and smartphones can be used for lots of purposes, including studying. Considering all of these devices have Internet connection, online educational games are the best way to use screen time for studying. Various websites offer numerous free interactive and educational kids mathematics games, which help children learn and understand mathematics.

In Math Baseball, the website will automatically give a player a math problem. Then a child should enter the answer to the problem and hit the “Swing” button. If he or she answers correctly, they will make a hit. The website will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the child will get an out. The game is over after three outs.

When the player enters the Power Football game, there will be a math problem. A player should enter the answer to the problem and hit the “Go” button. If the answer is correct, the ball will move in the air towards the goalpost. If the player answers incorrectly, he or she loses a down (a turn). If the ball goes through the goalpost, the player scores. Should the next question be answered correctly, the player gets the ball back and the downs go back to zero. The game is over when a player goes four downs without scoring.

In Penguin Waiter Percent Game the website will show a player a dinner bill, and the percent tip a player should leave. A player then has to calculate the correct tip to leave the penguin waiter. A player can choose four levels. Easy and medium where the player only has to calculate the tip. Hard, where he or she has to calculate the percentage tip left. In super brain, a player has to calculate the amount of the original bill.

These games can be a fun way for children to learn. Moreover, if they spend their time in front of the computers and tablets so much, they might as well learn some useful things while they are at it.

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