Thanks to its wealth of apps, either free or paid, the iPad is an awesome tool that can improve your child’s learning.
The iPad marked the beginning of a true cultural and social revolution. As it was expensive, many people were still reluctant to getting one, as they saw it as nothing else than an oversized iPhone. Nonetheless, its advantages and its impressive software variety attracted people to purchase and use it.
The iPad was one of its kind in the IT industry; very few people had actually heard the word tablet before this device came along. Today, all major manufacturers, and even smaller ones offer their own range of tablets, all of them trying hard to grab some of Apple’s market share.
We have to say that most people use their iPad only to send and receive email messages, play games and browse the web, hence ignoring its true force and its full capabilities.
Nonetheless, the wide variety of apps available on the iPad can make it a key tool in many industries and areas of activity.
For instance, British Airways integrated the iPad into their workflow. Special software enables BA cabin crew to access passenger data, thus contributing to a significant improvement of their customer service.
In the same spirit, one council acquired iPads to enable their bin men to speed up the pick-up process and to improve their efficiency by coordinating their routes.
Last but not least, the iPad is now used for education purposes. There are countless apps and software that help children learn by developing essential skills like numeracy and literacy. They can use such apps to learn more about the world they live in. How can, then, the iPad improve your child’s learning?
There are some good apps that help children learn how to read. They are mainly interactive books and reading games that are designed to turn reading into a fun activity.
Interactive books can be the ideal starting point. They will teach your child to read, while also offering him or her the guidance required to improve. Many of these books feature popular children’s characters, so your child will also have fun in the process of learning how to read.
An iPad can also be used for online tutoring. There are a number of companies now offering online tutoring for your child on the go with real tutors from specific subject tutoring to GCSE tutoring and A level lessons.
Learning orthography and spelling can be boring for your child, so he or she may not be able to stay focused for a very long time.
On the contrary, turning these activities into a game will keep your child hooked and motivated to stick to them, without feeling they are doing their homework.
Thanks to the iPad’s touch screen feature, children can practice writing. Although pen and paper will always be the best, the iPad can help your child become familiar with the shapes of different letters.
Just like reading apps, math apps can prevent boredom. There are lots of such apps available, catering to all levels of knowledge from beginner to highly advanced.
Counting games can be a great start, as they offer children the foundation they can develop their math skills on. As the child grows, you can introduce him to tougher apps to challenge their skills.
Other School Subjects
The iPad can be an effective learning tool in any area or school subject. Games can make history and geography appealing to children. More informative apps can help them do their homework.