Toddlers using iPads

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I was recently reading Carleigh’s Blog post titled ‘The future,’ which talked about how 2 year olds can use an iPad.  In Carleigh’s post she mentions how this amazes her.  I agree with Carleigh, as it is amazing how a child so young can use technology so easily and I think that a toddler can definitely benefit from using an iPad.  For example as they play educational games for instance language, literacy, social and cognitive development may be fostered. Here’s some YouTube videos of toddlers using an iPad with ease just to prove how readily technology is used in the 21st century by young children.  These YouTube videos can be accessed here and here.

Upon doing further research I discovered a website that talked about some positive aspects of young children using iPads.  These include research that has established that many iPad apps improve young children’s maths skills and vocabulary and for children that experience cognitive delays iPad apps have been proven to enhance language use and social interaction.  Another positive aspect to young children utilizing the iPad is that interactive games that they play on the iPad will promote creativity  (Kids and iPads: The Pros and Cons, n.d.).

This website also specifies that a child should not sit down to play the iPad for hours on end (Kids and iPads: The Pros and Cons, n.d.).  However a small amount of time playing an educational game on the iPad is going to be beneficial for a toddler’s development overall.  Since the use of digital technology for educational purposes is becoming the way of the future I think that it’s a good thing that toddlers are able to use iPads so easily.  However I do still think that they should be used to enhance or amplify a child’s education alongside other resources.

 

References

Child on the iPad [Image].  (2012).  Retrieved from  http://parenttechorg.blogspot.com.au

       /2012/05/should-toddlers-use-ipads.html

 

Kids and iPads: The Pros and Cons.  (n.d.).  Retrieved March 18, 2016, from

       http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/ask-heidi/kids-and-ipads-the-pros-and-cons

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One thought on “Toddlers using iPads

  1. Reblogged this on A journey of ICTs with Anne and commented:
    I agree with Sherryn and her research “that many iPad apps improve young children’s maths skills and vocabulary and for children that experience cognitive delays iPad apps have been proven to enhance language use and social interaction.” I also think that teachers and parents need to be mindful that there are a lot of apps out there that are not that beneficial. An example of a great one is the Jolly Phonics App. In the Prep classroom I work in as an aide, there is a reading program called Jolly Phonics and the classroom teacher uses the App version of the program to consolidate the learning that is occuring in the classroom. She doesn’t replace the learning. The children are not on them long periods of time as they rotate around in groups in afternoons. They also have their own mini profiles they can click into so they are continuing ther own learning path within the App. There are a few apps that are used in the afternoons to help speech impairments as well.

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