This may have been a coincidental advantage of the iPad, or it may have been entirely deliberate, but, either way, the iPad has turned into a great tool for learning inside and outside of the classroom. Soon, if things continue as they have been progressing, it will be unimaginable to walk into a classroom without an iPad being present. Kindergarten pre schools in the United States have even began using them to help the learning of children as young as two years old.
The iPad, and, of course, the apps that one uses via their iPad, encourage a certain type of learning. It is one that is strikingly appealing, and one that has never been treated with so much importance in the classroom. The learning that the iPad best encourages is creative learning. The technology is the perfect tool to help a child, as young as two, discover and improve their creative skills.
This article will now take a look at a few specific reasons why the iPad is proving to be such an integral beast:
- This program has improved tenfold over the years. The Apple website writes that there is nothing textbook about the textbook, which is crucial if it is to develop those creative and ‘not textbook’ skills written about in the opening of this article.
- The program is linked with the dictionary so that a student can more quickly discover the meaning of a word they aren’t aware of when reading text.
- The images have interactive captions that a student can read. The student can look through the images quickly, and even look at 3D images. This is a particularly effective feature when the student can view every angle of a picture of the human brain.
- The iBook section has been improved and streamlined so the student can find and download their desired books.
- This is the most important use of the iPad with reference to a student’s educational growth. There are more than twenty thousand apps alone that are considered educational.
- The apps aren’t only for the students either; there are apps specifically designed to be teaching aids for the person delivering the lesson or tuition.
- The apps are better suited to delivering information to a student because they are far more varied than other methods. Reading, for example, can be the best way to learn something, but in most cases, the student requires texture to their education. Certain apps will vary their methods throughout the course of just one lesson. Sometimes the student will be required to read. Sometimes they will answer questions. Sometimes they will have to listen. And sometimes they will be required to be more interactive with the application.
- The three core apps, highlighted on the Apple website, are iWork for iPad, Keynote, and Numbers. They are each carefully designed to minimize the unnecessary hassle involved with work, and to get the student working right away. Apps such as iMovie and Garageband are the more creative learning tools, for soon to be directors and conductors.
Ted Garza is a professional teacher. He has worked at kindergartens in USA and abroad for most of his professional life. In his free time he likes to write analysis texts and articles on the topics of education and the implementation of new technologies in it (for example iPad). He is always excited to share and comment his views on modern education techniques with other people interested in such discussions.