Resources for Researching and Evaluating Educational Kids Apps

| May 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

I recently developed a series of  in-person presentations, kind of like an “Educational Apps & Ebooks 101” for groups of parents, educators, librarians or other helping professionals in my community and state. In the process, I have created a handout with my favorite research reports and online resources to guide app evaluation & the selection of kids apps. My next blog post will be a summary of the presentation itself, but for now, I want to share these resources. You can also print this one-page handout to share with others. Many thanks to my librarian-angel Cen Campell of for her inspiration and support of my new endeavors.

Online research resources about kids, apps and literacy

Scholastic Media Room – Great resource for research on digital media, literacy & kids! Check out their report on “Kids’ Reading in the Digital Age

Sesame (Street) Workshop –  Check out: Sesame’s “Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development” (A Great Resource for Creating AND Evaluating Ed Apps)

Joan Ganz Cooney Center – A research powerhouse for digital media, kids and literacy topics. Check out their latest research on “Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators

School Library Journal – Check out their online journal, The Digital Shift: “On Libraries & New Media” & their “Touch & Go” App Review Blog

More great resource sites about kids and media, including lots of app reviews & ratings:

Common Sense Media

Children’s Technology Review


Kirkus Reviews


and resources for App Evaluation Rubrics (Don’t know what a rubric is? Don’t worry, read here.)

We hope you find this list useful! Please list any other great resources for kids app evaluation & research in the comments – we’d love to grow our list.

Also check out our recommendations for App Review Sites.

Category: iPads in Education, Libraries and the Digital Shift

About the Author ()

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of, an iPad children's book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.