As a parent I have strived to foster my children’s learning in anyway possible. My husband and I have been reading to them since they were infants! They are learning something new everyday. Recently, I have been thinking more about how much teaching and learning has drastically changed throughout the years. When I was younger almost everything we learned was from books, teachers and parents. Now our children live in a society where knowledge is abundant and the internet is one of the biggest tools for education. The internet can be a blessing and curse and it is a parents responsibility to reign in that knowledge by utilizing the best way we can for our children’s development.
The Realities of Mobile Learning
With our world changing so rapidly, the way we soak in knowledge is changing as well. Smartphones and iPad devices are a newer concept and companies have been taking a new look at how our children learn and develop. Although learning apps for kids have been out for years they were not greeted warmly by pediatric groups. For most of the existence groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state that children should not have screen time at all. However more and more studies are showing that screen time can actually be beneficial for children and pediatric groups are becoming more relaxed with the rules they first set. Currently the AAP recommends families to develop media plans for your family that takes into account their health, education and entertainment needs. You can develop your media plans here for your family. Depending on your child’s age they also have limits on how much screen time your child should be taking in each day.
The Role of Technology in Hybrid Learning
At the time my kids were born smartphones and iPad devices were new so I took a more conservative approach with my children and focused on the methods of learning I grew up accustomed to, but with these new statements and guidelines from pediatric groups I wanted to look into apps that could benefit my kids and my friends kids in a way that maybe more traditional learning couldn’t. I wanted something that would be a great hybrid of traditional learning and these new styles of learning. Here are just a few of the ones I explored and want to share with other parents:
- Sushi Monster is an app where players must solve a series of addition and multiplication math problems. Numbers will appear on sushi plates and you must serve the correct sum or product to the monster to eat. It definitely makes math a little more fun for kids.
- Duolingo is a great language learning app that includes a variety of speaking, listening, translating and multiple choice. It’s currently one of the most popular language learning platforms and it is free.
- Playkids is has an abundance of educational shows and has a great learning area that has math, reading, and art which is perfect for any child’s development. This is one of the best apps for kids of all ages.
I particularly like PlayKids because it’s multilingual and has a bunch of great new Disney content. I loved Disney as a kid and am always impressed by the quality of their content.
Again my list could go on but the apps I listed above were ones I thought were very beneficial for my kids and others around me. These apps and others like it are the most beneficial when parents, teachers and guardians are involved. Being a part of your child’s education will not only benefit them in the long run but it will also benefit the parent in helping them keep up with the newer hybrid of learning methods.
In the comment section below I would love to hear from you and see what apps your kids are using that are educational as well.