The potential here is huge and it is an exciting area but we need to proceed with real mindfulness. To my knowledge there are no empirically derived guidelines of recommended ages, time limits, or applications. Do any of these tools measurably improve a child’s comprehension and/or retention of the material? Are there some children that benefit more or less from this type of educational supplement (e.g., those on the autism spectrum)?
I’m no Luddite — I’m genuinely excited about the potential here — but it is critical that we do not allow companies (startups or long-established companies) to pilot test their products on our children without oversight. Public schools are often lacking funds and may happily accept free technology in exchange of feedback but there needs to be empirically derived guidelines for use of this technology to ensure that the focus of these tools are on helping children and not just making the creators a profit.