Choosing appropriate apps for every child

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So parents today are really confused about how to select apps and games in this world in which there are hundred thousand apps that are deemed educational in the iTunes store. And how do you discover what's high quality and what's good? So, Common Sense Media has now added a new rating system to our age appropriateness ratings and we call it learning ratings and what that does is we evaluate the learning potential in all kinds of digital interactive media for kids. So if you have a child who's struggling in Maths, you can go and look for, you know, best Maths fraction apps for fifth grade and find a list that we've compared and rated and given top stars to. If you have a child who's a preschooler and every once in a while, you do the thing that you don't want to admit you do and you hand over the iPad while you are cooking dinner and you wanna make sure that what they're using is really educational and more nutritious, you can search for best apps for preschoolers, so we have top lists and guides that help you really kind of discover, use and share great learning media for your kids. We came out this spring with a special needs guide for kids who have dyslexia or learning differences and it's a wonderful list of all kinds of apps and games and websites, some free, some not free, to help you support your child through their learning difference. So, we have a version for parents at home, but we also have a version for educators in schools, because as technology is flowing into schools and you've heard about personalized learning and flipped classrooms and blended learning, schools are struggling with discovering what kinds of apps are they gonna put on their iPads that are coming into the schools, so Common Sense Media's helping educators in districts and schools curate the content that's on these learning devices.

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Linda Burch, MBA

Chief Education & Strategy Officer

Linda Burch is a co-founder and the Chief Education and Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and the independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Linda leads Common Sense Media’s education efforts, new program and strategy development.   She is the architect of Common Sense Media’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship program that is now being used in over 35,000 schools across the country.  Her current focus is on steering strategic development of Common Sense Media’s new learning ratings initiative and establishing international partnerships to bring Common Sense Media’s digital literacy and citizenship programs to countries around the globe.   

Prior to Common Sense, Linda was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Planning at SyStemix, a biotechnology company that she helped build and then sold to Novartis. From 1985 to 1990 she was a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she served healthcare and consumer-products companies and prior to that she spent five years in investment banking at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch, where she negotiated joint ventures between U.S. technology companies and the People's Republic of China.  Linda received her MBA from Stanford University and her bachelor's degree from Yale.  She has two kids who love media as much as they love being outside.

 

 

 

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