It seems like a day doesn't go by when I feel my age, especially when it's in contrast to how kids live their lives today. Whether it's the foods they eat, the TV shows they watch, or the way they play sports, I have to continually stop myself from beginning every sentence with, " When I was your age... " Sometimes I can't help myself, and it drives my kids crazy.

Maybe the biggest area that I feel like a dinosaur is with technology. I still marvel at the wonder of the internet and email as the technological world continues to evolve at an amazingly fast clip, leaving me behind the dark ages, i.e., the 20th century. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big believer in the value of technology. The simple reality is, regardless of whether you embrace technology or not, it is here to stay. Not only that, but it is an integral and important part of virtually every aspect of modern life, not to mention our children's future.

With that in mind, understanding technology and being able to navigate it's continually changing landscape is an important if not essential skill for the next generation, especially when you realize that they can be useful tools to help kids learn. Like it or not, kids love computers and high-tech gadgets, and if they can be helpful in getting them to learn basic fundamentals of education, why not make the most of them?

1. Common Sense Media

Common Sense is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help kids become more proficient in our technology driven world. The site provides numerous apps that are categorized by age (2 to 17 years), type of device, subject and skill. There is even a category for emotional and social skills and creativity. The apps that both free and for purchase, and there are detailed descriptions and ratings describing how much they engage kids and provide educational benefits, including editor's picks on what they consider to be the best apps.

2. KinderTown 

As the name suggests, this site focuses on the toddler set. Visitors can search for apps based on age, what type of device you're using, and price. There are sections dedicated to learning math, language, art, science, and social studies, with sub-categories that are more specific.

3. Geeks With Juniors 

This site was started by a software developer and a web designer who lamented the lack of information regarding quality apps for kids. Focusing on toddlers (2-5 years), this site offers reviews of apps and games along with tips and general thoughts about parenting.

4. Kids Activities Blog 

This site is the brainchild of Holly Homer (and the Quirky Mommas) whose goal is to make learning fun. There are numerous links to "approved" apps that teach everything from math and science to learning a new language, all for free. The apps list is part of a larger site that seeks to help parents make parenting more fun and rewarding.

5. Best Apps for Kids

An all encompassing site with enough information about apps to make your head spin, though it has a bit of a commercial lean/feel (not necessarily a bad thing). There are age and grade specific categories, as well as ratings, reviews, and editor's suggestions. There is a long list of topic-specific apps and an extensive selection of e-books, to boot.

As soon as you begin to delve into the world of educational apps, you quickly realize that there are a countless number of opportunities. The key for parents is to exercise some discretion and common sense because, as with any internet endeavor, there is ample opportunity for kids to be led astray.