Helping Your Child Learn through Technology
In our era of digital technology, it is no longer surprising to see toddlers playing on screen devices and this scenario makes parents get a worrisome feeling about their children spending more time playing on these devices, which they have this notion could stunt the most important development areas of their children’s social and communication skills. On the other hand, some parents take a positive outlook of the technology’s usefulness in other learning areas, while physical activity, reading and other traditional activities continue to play an important contribution to the children’s development, just as long as the children’s time is balanced with a variety of activities.
A toddler at his/her age may have a lot of ideas in his/her young mind but do not yet have the skills to communicate; however, there are devices that have evolved to be more intuitive and creative and have opened up a world of possibilities for toddlers, such as video-calling on a tablet or smart phone can be a starting tool to support social interaction and communication skills. By adopting this technological access and allowing both yourself and your toddler learn how to use the device to an advantage, such as taking turns to converse with one another, and in the course of the conversation, you try to explain some aspects that your toddler needs to fully understand, then you have succeeded in providing a shared learning experience to your toddler, giving him/her the opportunity to express his/her ideas.
To help your children learn using an interactive tablet, the learning becomes more complete with your guided interaction because there are exchanges of helpful communications, such as asking questions, making suggestions, providing encouragement, praising achievement, and building up confidence, all these are supporting to your children’s active play and learning. You can also introduce your children into an emulated life experience, through an uploaded virtual game in the tablet, sort of an exploratory game to allow you to know what your children’s responses will be and, by guided interaction, you can teach them valuable lessons that can be learned from their responses.
Choosing the right app in your children’s tablet is a parent’s responsibility; therefore, look for apps that are enjoyable to learn, develop curiosity, and open-ended games that are progressively challenging and encouraging. Treat free apps with caution, as there are wily ways that providers do wherein the free entitlement is not really free, such that later on as you and your children reach a higher level of engagement in a game or learning activity, the providers will already demand payment if you have to go further; therefore, it’s better to spend a little on the right apps.
What Do You Know About Computers
Using a tablet for your children to use this tool for learning should be taken on a positive perspective and this can be realized for as long as you provide your children your time and attention to guide them through an interactive learning activity and let the learning be balanced with the traditional learning activities; in this way, you are introducing an important key aspect of using learning tools, which is moderation in everything.