Once the internet officially began (don’t even think about taking credit, Al Gore), the world of education changed forever. I remember when all of those computers in the school were mainly used as fancy word processors for all of us to type out our papers on. But now, there are so many computer devices to choose from, and many of them can totally replace all textbooks if used correctly.
There are numerous free textbooks online for just about every grade and subject level. And a simple online search on a topic can yield enough results that it will keep you busy reading for the rest of your life. All of this doesn’t even take into account educational apps and websites. There are so many free apps that children can use that if you shop wisely, you don’t have to spend a dime extra on them. In fact, there are more than 200,000 educational apps available in Apple’s App Store, so you are bound to find some that you love for your little kids.
So Why Is an iPad the Best Choice?
There are numerous computer devices on the market, but when choosing which one to go with, you must think about age level. If you are thinking of getting one for your toddler or even a child in early elementary (kindergarten through second grades), an iPad would be the best choice you could make whether you are picking it out for your own child or for a classroom full of students.
No Keyboard Needed
If you have ever tried working with a young child on a full desktop or laptop computer, you know you must have the patience of a saint. The keyboard is just screaming out for them to randomly smash down a bunch of keys. Even if you instruct them not to touch the keyboard, the nanosecond your head is turned, they are going to do it. The worst part is having to bring your computer in afterward to get fixed because you have no idea what they pressed and how your screen is only displaying some unknown foreign language.
With an iPad, you don’t need a keyboard. Everything is touch screen. And you can merely set all the apps on there that you want your child to have experience with and watch as they figure them all out. If you want a keyboard down the road, you have two options. You can let them use the keyboard that pops up on screen or you can attach an actual keyboard to the iPad. The iPad is not going to be something that the child outgrows in a year or two. It will grow right along with them as you can add more and more privileges when they become responsible for your liking.
Just Take a Second to Look at the Countless Studies
One study conducted in Auburn, Maine in 2011 demonstrated that iPads could assist kindergarten students with scoring much higher results on literacy tests than those without an iPad. People often forget that an iPad is also a Kindle or reading device. You will find thousands of online books totally free for your children. In fact, a trip to your local library will blow your mind in just how much free content is out there for young children that have an iPad at their disposal.
If you would like to strengthen their math, geography, spelling, or any other skill they may need to improve upon, the educational apps and websites will have you covered. It’s like having a personal tutor for your child.
If technology is not really your strong point and you would love for your child to get the needed experience of using devices like the iPad, iAchieve could be of great help. We can offer technology tutoring if you are a parent needing some help for your kid or we can offer professional development in technology if you are an educator that needs to step up their game. We can help guide you along the path to 21st-century learning!
Written by Ryan Crawley