Product Review: Brainfeed – click here to visit their site –
A recent study by Common Sense Media found that the percent of children with access to a smart mobile device has jumped from half (52%) to three-quarters (75%). This shift has many parents and teachers worried about how much time children actually spend consuming â€œqualityâ€ content on these devices.
Thatâ€™s the question Mark Hoffman asked himself when his children were just 5 and 7. Hoffman explains, â€œI saw that my children were using my iPad as if it were second nature to them. It was then that I had an â€œaha momentâ€ and realized that this was an opportunity to turn this new device â€“ that my kids felt so comfortable with — into a learning tool instead of just another way for them to play video games and watch mindless programming.â€
Born from that realization was an app, fittingly called Brainfeed, that Hoffman hopes will change the way children consume and retain information. Brainfeed is an iPad app that features educational, inspiring and entertaining short videos for children seven and older. To help curate the videos, Hoffman has partnered with a group of passionate educators and kids, who select videos to be age-appropriate, curriculum-based, engaging and visually stimulating. At the same time, they take great care to screen each video for inappropriate content to ensure children enjoy a safe, distraction-free learning experience.
Thereâ€™s a plethora of â€œfluffâ€ and inappropriate subject matter on the Internet,â€ says Hoffman. â€œBut thereâ€™s also a lot of really good educational and inspiring content out there; itâ€™s just a matter of finding it. And thatâ€™s what we do at Brainfeed. We review thousands of hours of video to find the best and brightest so parents have peace of mind when their children pick up a mobile device. Essentially weâ€™re putting mom and dad back in the driverâ€™s seat when it comes to the type of content their children are exposed to.â€
Brainfeed features educational and entertaining videos for children 7+, tweens, teens and inquisitive adults. Brainfeed is designed to be fun and easy to to explore, and to be child-safe.
The app is 100% ad free, link free, and has a “parent gate” to keep smaller children from accidentally accessing the subscription page. Itâ€™s a great new resource for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers.
What I like best about it:
- Parents and teachers don’t have to worry about students accessing inappropriate videos or comments sections within this ad-free age-appropriate space
- The user friendly interface is easy for children to understand and execute
- The videos work like Pandora, so a search for a particular item will bring up other topics that are closely related to the search topic.
- All of the videos are hand-picked and curated by educators and screened for content appropriateness
Brainfeed As A Teaching Aid in The Classroom
Once considered a supplemental teaching tool, educational video is becoming an increasingly central resource for teachers. Video makes it easier to reach students who learn best through different modalities and learning styles. Topic areas include:
Technology & Design
Arts & Music
The Human Body
â€¦and much more!
Brainfeed was originally released less than a month ago and already has achieved the following accolades:
***** Best New Apps & Games! Now featured by iTunes in 20 countries.
***** Ranked #1 in 42 countries
***** Top 10 app for kids 9-11 in 85 countries and counting.
***** Five Stars – Editor’s Choice on bestappsforkids.com