Technology will always continue its slow and steady march into our lives, but one of the more recent developments has been the introduction of tech toys into the learning environment. While it is certainly not too far-fetched to picture high school and middle school students using laptops and other various tech items for schoolwork, children of increasingly younger ages are learning through technology. This is no true revolution, as I learned math skills through the “Math Blaster” computer game series and reading skills with “Reading Blaster”. Now however, preschools and kindergartens all over the US are embracing the tech trend.
This is one area where the iPad has opened up a new realm of uses. Parents used to scoff at the idea of letting their toddlers use their laptop, but for some reason the iPad just seems different. Learning applications for children ages 2-7 have seen a huge boost since the introduction of the iPad. Why do parents seem more agreeable to a 2 year-old with an iPad instead of a notebook? I really have no idea, but its apparently working.
Studies have past linked playing type of learning games featured on the iPad provides a huge boost for adolescent psychological growth. While none of these were done with the iPad, but rather with a human observer, it provides an interesting alternative. Parents of young children are busy, sometimes too busy to take time to do so exercises with their kids. Now however, maybe you can just throw them on the iPad and take a quick nap while the toddlers take their first steps towards an Ivy-league degree. My toddler cousin uses these learning modules on my uncle’s iPad, and her speech is already way ahead of schedule. While this is just an observation and she could be a baby genius, I think I would still pass the iPad her way and watch her work her magic.
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