Tech Savvy Mama

Tech Savvy Mama assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. Leticia Barr uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational...

Leticia is a winner of Top 25 Tech Moms - 2013

What's your favorite kid-friendly app?

It's so hard to say! With new apps developed each and every day, there are always great ones being developed for each age group. As mom of kids ages 6 and 9, some of their favorites include Temple Run and anything featuring Angry Birds. A new favorite is LeapFrog's My Robot which teaches early programming and focuses on reinforcing STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) in ages 6+.

What tips would you give a mom who wants to become more tech savvy?

The best advice is to pick one thing to learn more about, know where you can seek assistance, and take your time with it .

For example, if you want to learn more about social media, social media is such a broad topic encompassing Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Vine, and tools that aren't even developed yet. Pick a social media tool that you gravitate towards. It's ok to spend a little time lurking and watching what others are doing in the space as you learn before you dive in.

The same advice applies to devices. To become more tech savvy about Windows 8, visit a Microsoft Store where the store staff can provide hands on demos. Apple users wanting to know tips and tricks about their iPad or MacBook can sign up to take unlimited classes for the very affordable $99 a year.

What's the most innovative gadget for children you've seen?

Innovative gadgets are being developed constantly which makes the industry very exciting. In the past year, we've seen a lot of tablets designed for kids and featuring educational software enter the space. LeapFrog came out with the LeapPad 2 while VINCI and NABI are Android tablets that feature screens for kids but can still be used by parents to access their favorite apps from the Android Marketplace.

More elementary aged children are using eReaders to read. A recent study by Scholastic demonstrated that they're great tools to motivate kids to read more for fun. They also motivating reluctant readers to read more. They're great for travel because kids can now have a variety of favorite books in digital format on their eReader, saving space and eliminating back strain.