Children have been dreading the end of summer, while parents are anticipating the crisp fall days of school schedules. Pencils and notebooks are all packed into bookbags with a red apple waiting to be offered to the new teacher as a peace offering. All the suggested materials have been purchased, labeled, and sorted. You’ve checked the list twice and have wondered if you forgot something as your child heads back to school.
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One item you may have overlooked is an iPad. In today’s evolving society, technology is emerging as an important part of our children’s education. Information can be found at the swipe of a finger, harnessing ideas and tools for education. As a parent, you want to consider an iPad as an integral part of your child’s success in the classroom.
iPads offer access to a wealth of resources for a student. A dictionary, thesaurus, calculator, and databases are conveniently located in one device. Trips to the library or heavy bookbags will no longer be a concern to a connected student.
Social media fosters writing skills. Anna Lunsford, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, organized a project called The Stanford Study of Writing. She concluded students are writing more now than in any generation that came before.
According to Thompson, “those Twitter updates and lists of 25 things about yourself add up”. People are socializing online and using writing skills to do so. Online tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are encouraging literacy at a speed faster than anything in the past. (Imagine waiting for the Pony Express).
As far as learning goes, iPads offer customized learning. Parents and educators acknowledge students prefer a variety of learning styles and most classrooms have students at different levels. WIth an iPad, students get the individualized instruction they need. Teachers are able to reinforce and extend lessons by allowing students meaningful practice skills at their own pace and level. These gadgets offer more interaction and intrigue than a stack of wide ruled paper.
Paper does have a place in the classroom, but research is starting to show technology creates more brain activity. “Technology can train our brains in positive ways”, according to Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist and professor at UCLA. “Surgeons who play video games, for example, make fewer surgical errors. Those who play video games have improved reaction time, better peripheral vision.”
Researchers have also found correlations between increased brain function and the use of Google compared to people who solely used books.
Teachers are able to drive home topics and main ideas by embracing iPads. There are apps for every subject to allow children exploration of images and facts. Consider this interesting tidbit from an iPad game, Motion Math, which helps develop skills in basic math. “Fifth graders who regularly played the game for 20 minutes per day over a five-day period increased their test scores by 15 percent on average.”Teachers and students will both benefit from better comprehension and higher grades.
Another benefit for teachers and students is the iPad’s ability to help communicate and organize assignments. Both parties are able to receive timely feedback and seek clarification when needed. Notes and reminders are available online and the amount of paper consumed is drastically reduced. Children read books online and access study guides or submit homework by e-mail.
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After exploring the benefits iPads can have in education, you might allow your child an Apple of his own. iPads can help him succeed in the classroom and encourage the best education possible. A solid foundation of the basics during the formative years is crucial. Give your child the tools to make this school year the best!
Tara Heath is a journalist and mother in California. School is right around the corner and she loves the opportunities that an iPad gives her children in the classroom. She contributes parenting content to TeenSafe.com.
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