Nowadays many parents face a dilemma when it comes to their kids’ education. They don’t know whether they should take advantage of the fast developing technology or encourage their kids to use conventional ways of studying like they used to in the past. They wonder if digital devices really improve children’s skills or they are another step towards addiction to technology. Which aspects of educational technology will make you look favorably at digital devices and which should raise your concern? Take a look at the list below.
The arguments in favor of using non-conventional methods of studying:
1. Attractive and easy interface. This fact can convince parents with children who have cognitive disabilities e.g. autistic children. According to the study conducted by IMFAR apps have a positive affect on communication skills of kids with autism.
2. Development of many skills. One device enables your child to practice all kind of skills: it trains their memory, mathematical skills, reading skills, improves their vocabulary or makes learning a foreign language easier. Moreover, the level can be customized and adapted to your child’s abilities.
3. Weight and portability. You can take it almost anywhere, giving your child an easy access to learn in almost every place.
4. Lower environmental impact comparing to books. This argument will be convincing especially to people who opt for environmentally friendly ideas.
5. The price. While an average price for a children title is 17.99$ (info from 2014), the average app costs 2.56$.
6. Access to a lot of information. Digital devices give children an opportunity to find plenty of information and resources that at times are not available in a paper form.
The drawbacks of learning via digital devices:
1. Many distractions. While studying with a digital device, it is easy to switch to non-educational programs: games, social networking sites etc. This is a distraction that heavily impacts on children’s concetration level.
2. Bad influence on eyesight. If overused, digital devices can worsen your child’s eyesight.
3. Adult supervision required. In case of small kids devices should be used under supervision of adults. You don’t want your toddler to bite into your smartphone or tablet 🙂
4. The safety concern. One of the biggest concerns of adults regards safety of digital devices, especially apps. You can read more about the dangers of kids apps here.
5. The price. Even though it has been listed as a pro and applications are far cheaper than books, the price of a digital device itself could be also seen as a drawback.
6. Passive time. Since children already spend a lot of time watching TV, surfing the Internet or watching movies, additional time with digital devices can discourage your child from spending their free time in a more active way.
All in all, combined with conventional ways of learning, digital devices can be a powerful tool to boost your child’s skills as it gives them new possibilities that previous generations did not have.
Thanks for reading and see you next week!
Magdalena| Appetite For Education
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