Lisa Jordan, Executive Director at the Bernard van Leer Foundation has posted her speech on her blog, describing the potential of digital games and apps with children under eight years old partly due to the ability to scale the learning opportunities.
In the Netherlands and elsewhere children do not enter a structured learning or play environment before the age of 4. And when they do, play is relegated to recess
More screen time is clocked by children of low social and economic status than of those in middle or higher social classes. Video games are played by more than 90% of school age children. What we want is to make learning fun through quality game design. Fortunately there are many game designers out there who want the same. This is not to disguise learning within video games but to infuse learning throughout video game design.