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How to support young learners with tablets

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
October 1st, 2013

Tablets target young learners with engaging software

young-learnersTablets and other mobile devices are not uncommon in today’s classrooms and in the hands of students. But companies targeting “typical” students sometimes forget an important subset that benefits greatly from access to mobile devices–young learners, especially those in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

While schools often make headlines for tablet initiatives involving grades 3-12, young learners do not always have the same access to tablets. Laptops and desktops can be hard for young students to navigate using a mouse, a touch pad, and dealing with large keyboards.

Children are usually familiar with tablets’ touch-screen technology early in their lives, and a growing group of companies and education leaders are creating tablets targeted toward early childhood education in an effort to engage them and form solid base skills that will carry them through elementary school and beyond.

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, educators should make sure that when choosing a tablet, they understand:

  • How the tool can meet educational and life goals for their group of young children
  • How the tool functions
  • How to monitor young children’s engagement and progress and how to adjust tasks accordingly
  • How to account for the children’s interests and preferences

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