Virtually real

Written by: Claire Hewson
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Claire Hewson suggests ways in which her chosen apps can deliver literacy learning when used alongside real learning experiences. It’s all about careful planning to ensure each child benefits.





  • Could a Penguin Ride a Bike? by Camilla Bédoyère and Aleksei Biskoff, QED Publishing, 2015
  • Penguins: Illustrated Animal Fun Facts for Kids by Jay Jay Smarts, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
  • Pingu Story Book Treasury, BBC Children’s Books, 2004.
  • Crayons and iPads by Debra Harwood (Sage Swifts)

There is currently no definitive research about whether screen exposure negatively affects children’s brain development. Therefore, it seems sensible to limit apps to times when they add real value to children’s learning. The National Literacy Trust recommends that adults engage in app activity with children in order to maximise language and communication development. You need to ask them questions about what they are doing, use challenging words to build their vocabulary, and read together.

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