Friday, 18 January 2013

With technology being aimed at younger and younger children it was interesting to read an article in the new March edition of PC PRO called Toddler tech by Simon Brew. It discusses both the pros and the cons of young children using iPads and tablets as learning aids, not to replace books but in addition to them. In the article, a headteacher from Birmingham is said to praise their use if done in a complementary way, saying 'Very young children are able to manoeuvre their way around the iPad with surprising alacrity'. It would seem that by using a tablet the barrier posed by a mouse and keyboard is removed. Potentially this could help those children who are less dextrous to be able to access a wider range of educational material.
The article also includes discussion about different tablets and the differing cost and what you get for your money, so well worth a read.