Are educational apps stuck in the stone age?

In an article at, Jordan Shapiro writes that ‘The top 50 educational apps are mostly all stuck in the stone age‘. He considers how we use online education tools, specifically, how we use touchscreens, and how we use computers differently from mobile phones and tablets, and compares how children and adults approach digital learning. He closes with an interesting hypothesis: ‘I suspect the very notion that tablets can help us learn has more to do with habit than we’d like to admit. Moderns, in any era, tend to be far less innovative and far more tethered to the past than they’d like to believe.’