The iPad in Education – How the iPad Suits All Learning Styles

We’re excited to present you with a guest post from  Zco Corporation  today, bio follows.

ipadInEducation The iPad in Education – How the iPad Suits All Learning StylesWhen the gift-giving season for 2011 came around, the dreaded word ‘iPad’ appeared on the wishlist of nearly half the children in America. Parents across the country feared that the expensive handheld would become just another video game console tossed in the toybox. Now, while the flashy graphics and wide array of entertainment apps can paint that sort of picture, many app designers are actually tending toward interactive learning tools for their younger users. Was this portable PC really designed with education in mind?

Surprisingly, K-12 schools were among the first to pick up on this idea. Studies in teaching techniques had just begun to pick up the fact that one-size-fits-all lesson plans are far less effective than ones that cater to specific learning styles (as documented as a theory by David A. Kolb decades ago). From visual thinkers, to tactile learners, to listeners and readers, kids pick up information much faster when using their own special methods.

This is exactly why many schools are turning to iPads as an educational tool, using apps for every learning style, and even learning disabilities. The unique touch interface is even easier to pick up for the first time than a traditional desktop computer. In a classroom setting, you can keep the more spontaneous students busy with multiple educational apps, please the reader with unlimited material, and even pique the stubborn anti-learner’s interest with the bright display and interactive options.

iPads even offer a solution for old-fashioned schoolyard bully problems. When a child is diagnosed with a learning disorder that, no matter how mild, affects their ability to read, they very often become a target for harassment (Faye Mishna).  The solution, as presented by many eBook publishers, is to offer the same book for all reading levels, but to include the ability to tap on a word to hear it spoken out loud, or to highlight a related picture on the page.

Even kids with physical disabilities can find the iPad to be an amazing alternative to traditional learning tools. Children that have a difficult time grasping pencils or typing on solid keyboards can adapt very quickly and easily to a touch-based interface, since fine motor control is not as necessary. Often times, they are surprisingly careful with the device, too, once they understand that a broken iPad is an unusable iPad. One of the many brands of robust cases or stands make accidents even less likely.

As useful as these portable devices seem already, the potential has only just begun to be tapped. Retired educators, tech-savvy school districts, and even innovative parents are turning to mobile application development companies for their specialized education ideas. So when next year rolls around, and your child puts an iPad on their list for the second time running, they may be looking out for their future better than you thought.

Are your children currently using any educational apps for the iPad? Please share your favorites!

This article was provided by Zco Corporation, a mobile application development company in Hudson, New Hampshire.

This post is featured on my blog’s page at Education Blogs.
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